What is GreenPower?
GreenPower is renewable energy sourced from the sun, the wind, water and waste that is purchased by your energy company on your behalf.
Companies generate electricity at a range of sites across Australia and supply the electricity to a central power grid. Our homes and businesses are connected to this grid so we can access electricity.
Traditionally, electricity on the central grid comes from generators that burn coal. Only a small amount (about 11 per cent) comes from renewable sources such as sun, wind, water and biomass waste.
Energy suppliers who sell accredited GreenPower products buy electricity generated from accredited renewable energy generators on your behalf and feed it into the National Electricity Grid. In Western Australia, the same applies to the South West Interconnected System. Only renewable energy products that display the GreenPower ‘tick’ are government accredited.
How does GreenPower work?
When you purchase GreenPower for your event, you are supporting the production of electricity from renewable sources that meet a strict set of environmental criteria. This clean energy does not feed directly into your power supply, but is added to the electricity grid on your behalf through Large-scale generation Certificates (LGCs) that are purchased from the power station by your electricity supplier.
When a retailer sells you GreenPower, the sale is registered in their database. At the beginning of the following year, they must purchase the amount of electricity from renewable energy generators (in the form of LGCs) to match their sales.
State government audits of GreenPower providers are conducted each year to ensure the number of LGCs match customers’ GreenPower purchases.
The more GreenPower that is sold, the more renewable electricity will be generated to match the demand. So using GreenPower for your events is a great way to push for increasing renewable energy supplies in Australia.