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It's time for a change

A new consumer movement of more than 14,000 people and counting, GetUp's Better Power campaign is all about helping you choose a greener, cleaner energy company that won't cost the earth.

A switch for good

By switching through the Better Power campaign you'll be:

  • Moving to an energy company ranked greenest in Australia by Greenpeace and cheapest in NSW and Vic by St Vincent de Paul

  • Enjoying cheap rates and better service than your current provider

  • Showing your support for renewable energy, with a retailer backed by a 100% renewable power generator

  • Offsetting your power so your household electricity is carbon-neutral (for free!)

  • Helping fund GetUp campaigns that support renewable energy rather than dirty and polluting coal-fired power and coal seam gas

Best of all, you'll also be holding to account Australia's three largest energy companies - AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin. By switching, you'll tell them that you want them to clean up their act, stop investing in dirty power from coal and coal seam gas, and start supporting renewable energy.

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Why Powershop?

For the Better Power campaign, GetUp has partnered with Powershop, ranked the greenest energy retailer in Australia by Greenpeace in 2014 and 2015. It is Australia's only carbon neutral energy provider, offsetting all the carbon its customers may generate through their electricity usage. Powershop has championed a strong Renewable Energy Target - policy critical to Australia's clean energy future, it's backed by a 100% renewable energy company and it's pledged to never invest in coal seam gas or coal-fired generation.

Powershop has also been rated as one of the cheapest power retailers in Victoria and New South Wales by surveys like the St Vincent De Paul Society's Tariff Tracker and the Victorian government's Essential Services Commission. With Powershop there are no contracts or lock-in fees, and the best part is Powershop will contact your existing retailer and arrange everything on your behalf. They'll even pay up to $75 if your existing provider hits you with a break-contract fee. It's really easy to join this exciting new consumer revolution – in fact, it only takes 5 minutes. You can join over 14,000 Australians who have made the switch to Powershop now by clicking one of the buttons above or on the top right.

Support for GetUp

GetUp receives a commission for every person who switches to Powershop through the Better Power campaign. This comes at no cost to the person who switches, and funds raised are fed directly back into our renewable energy and environmental campaigns. We've raised more than $1 million to date, and 80% of the people who switched said this was a major reason for going with Better Power.

Join the consumer revolution and make the switch or pledge to switch now!

Switch in 5 minutes!

1. Grab your credit card or bank details – you'll need them first. You don't need an existing electricity bill to switch. 2. Click on one of our links to switch online, or phone 1800 658 433 and tell them you're calling about the Better Power campaign

3. Fill in the simple online form, or talk through your switch over the phone

4. Relax, Powershop will do the hard work for you by arranging everything

5. Feel good that you've changed your energy provider to one that cares about the environment!

IMPORTANT:If you have solar panels or are on GreenPower – make sure you give Powershop a call. GetUp has a 100% GreenPower offer with Powershop but you won't automatically be switched to it when you sign up. You need to select it online after you've switched or request it over the phone. If you've had solar panels for a while, you may be on a good fixed feed-in-tariff rate that Powershop won't be able to match. Make sure you call and get a full comparison with solar rates first, before you decide whether to switch.
GetUp members have been telling us they want to switch to an energy company that supports renewable energy. But like 70 percent of the population of Australia, recent surveys have shown that the majority of our members are with one of the "Dirty Three" (AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin).

When we looked at how they generate energy, it's pretty clear that the three largest energy companies in Australia are continuing to invest significantly in coal and gas, but they are investing relatively little in renewables. Small wonder they are attacking the RET.

Check out our report for the full story: The "Dirty 3": the truth about AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin
GetUp is working with Powershop in Victoria and New South Wales, and is looking to expand this campaign to other states very soon. We are recommending a switch to Powershop because they are backed by a 100% renewable energy company and they actively support renewable energy and the RET. Those are just some of the reasons Greenpeace Australia and the Total Environment Centre ranked Powershop the greenest power company in Australia.

As a retailer backed by a 100% renewable energy company, Powershop is able to pass on the lower wholesale costs of electricity from renewable energy to its customers. It operates two wind farms in South Australia and Victoria and both wind farms produce more renewable energy than the total energy Powershop sells which is why switching to Powershop is helping to support renewable energy.

However, like other energy retailers, Powershop buys the electricity it sells from the National Electricity Market, which is generated by a mixture of coal, gas and renewable energy. To offset this, Powershop is a 100% carbon neutral energy retailer. That means that when you buy their standard (black) power, they will offset the carbon emissions (by purchasing United Nations certified certificates) from the generation of that power for you, at no extra cost.

The GetUp offer is for Powershop's standard 100% carbon neutral power. We believe that buying 100% GreenPower is the best thing you can do to support renewable energy in Australia. Powershop sells a range of GreenPower products and we encourage GetUp members who switch to buy them. Powershop customers can buy GreenPower from community energy projects, landfill gas, energy from sugar milling and other wind farms as well as its own two Australian wind farms. There is a higher charge for GreenPower as when you buy one of their GreenPower products, Powershop will purchase additional certificates (Renewable Energy Certificates) and pass that on to help support those renewable energy projects.

Every time a GetUp supporter switches to Powershop through Better Power, GetUp receives a payment that helps fund the Better Power campaign to support renewable energy and campaign against dirty coal and coal seam gas.
Better Power is a consumer campaign that seeks to positively impact markets by supporting companies who share our values and encouraging people to switch to them. The campaign went live as the Federal government initiated a review of the RET and we discovered that the "Dirty Three" power companies were attacking the RET to protect their vested interests in fossil fuels. That was in stark contrast to Powershop, who were the only energy company actively campaigning to save the RET.

Greenpeace Australia has ranked Powershop the greenest power company in Australia,1 recognising its solid support for renewable energy and the RET. An analysis of submissions to the RET review from leading renewable industry commentator, Renew Economy, found that Powershop was "the only retailer to call unequivocally for the current (renewable energy) target to be retained."2

Independent Victorian consumer advocacy organisation Consumer Action said in its May 14 2014 submission to the RET review "a not well-documented, economic benefit of the RET has been to encourage new entrants into the Australian market". Consumer Action said that Powershop's entry into the Victorian market "has increased competition in the retail market, with the potential to lower prices and deliver more innovative services for consumers".

Powershop's work to counter the lies of the "Dirty Three" energy companies and their hard-hitting submission to the 2014 review in support of the RET are critically important parts of the Better Power campaign; as well as their willingness to make it easy for people to switch. They also impressed us with awards for customer service and innovative online tools and apps that help customers to monitor their energy use, reduce their electricity usage and save on bills. Powershop is the first power company in the Australian market to allow households and small businesses to see how much power they are using and what it costs before they pay for it; and to pay for it how and when they want to, using their smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Finally, we know that in Victoria some energy retailers are making profits four times higher than in other states, according to a 2013 report by the Victorian Government's Essential Services Commission. The good news is that the most recent October 2014 report of the Essential Services Commission in Victoria stated that: "taking into account all available discounts, the lowest overall prices were most commonly available from Powershop."

[1] The Green Electricity Guide. Greenpeace and the Total Environment Centre, 2014.
[2] Who is the greenest energy retailer in Australia? RenewEconomy, 6 June 2014.
Powershop is backed by Meridian Energy, Australasia's largest 100% renewable energy generator. It is a modern power company that's designed to empower its customers with online tools and apps and save them money in the process.

Meridian is a multi-billion dollar company listed on the ASX and NZX. It owns and operates seven wind farms and seven hydro stations across Australia and New Zealand, and currently serves a combined 350,000 customers. It is 51% owned by the New Zealand government.

Meridian owns and operates two wind farms in Australia including the 64-turbine Mt Mercer wind farm just outside of Ballarat, which alone is capable of generating energy equivalent to the electricity needs of the entire population of Ballarat (approximately 80,000 households).

Powershop is an online energy retailer and is the first power company in the Australian market to allow households and small businesses to see how much power they are using, what it costs before they pay for it, and to pay for it how and when they want to. It has over 30,000 customers in Victoria and has recently launched in New South Wales!
Powershop doesn't lock customers into a contract or charge exit fees and they will even cover the exit fees (up to $75) if your current retailer charges you for switching to them. The best bit is that by using their handy online tool you won't even have to contact your old retailer – you can switch to Powershop in less than five minutes and they will do it all for you.
As Powershop is backed by a 100% renewable energy company they don't provide gas. If you need gas in your home you can use the online tool to switch your electricity and remain with your previous provider for your gas.
Customers buying Powershop's standard power are directly supporting Meridian (Powershop's parent company) in its work to invest in, grow and operate renewable energy generation in Australia (as well as supporting a company that is using its voice to help the campaign to protect the Renewable Energy Target).

The energy generation portfolio of Powershop (via its parent company Meridian Energy) is, and always has been, 100 percent renewable. Meridian invests only in renewable energy projects like wind farms and hydro plants.

However, as a retailer, Powershop must buy the electricity used by its customers via the Australian grid, which contains a mix of renewable and non renewable energy. And although Powershop and Meridian generate more renewable energy (through their wind farms in South Australia and Victoria) than Powershop supplies to its customers, it cannot guarantee that the electricity every customer receives is renewably sourced.

To help its customers offset any carbon emissions related to their electricity usage, Powershop offsets the emissions from its operations and its customers electricity usage at no extra cost - it's free.

Powershop does this by purchasing United Nations certificates equivalent to the carbon emissions associated with the total electricity usage of its customers. The UN certificates are sourced from carbon reduction and international renewable energy projects in developing countries that are helping to reduce carbon emissions globally.

Powershop and its parent company Merdian's wind farms are accredited for 100 Percent GreenPower, which its customers have the option to purchase. By buying 100 Percent GreenPower, customers are supporting further investment in renewable energy in Australia, and helping speed up the transformation of Australia's energy system to cleaner renewable energy.
As a retailer backed by a 100% renewable energy company, Powershop is able to pass on the lower wholesale costs of electricity from renewable energy to its customers. It operates two wind farms in South Australia and Victoria and both wind farms produce more renewable energy than the total energy Powershop sells which is why switching to Powershop is helping to support renewable energy.

However, like other energy retailers, Powershop buys the electricity it sells from the National Electricity Market, which is generated by a mixture of coal, gas and renewable energy. To offset this, Powershop is a 100% carbon neutral energy retailer. That means that when you buy their standard (black) power, they will offset the carbon emissions (by purchasing United Nations certified certificates) from the generation of that power for you, at no extra cost.

The GetUp offer is for Powershop's standard 100% carbon neutral power. We believe that buying 100% GreenPower is the best thing you can do to support renewable energy in Australia. Powershop sells a range of GreenPower products and we encourage GetUp members who switch to buy them. Powershop customers can buy GreenPower from community energy projects, landfill gas, energy from sugar milling and other wind farms as well as its own two Australian wind farms. There is a higher charge for GreenPower as when you buy one of their GreenPower products, Powershop will purchase additional certificates (Renewable Energy Certificates) and pass that on to help support those renewable energy projects.

Buying 100% GreenPower is a great way to support renewable energy in Australia. Electricity generation is one of the main sources of Australia's carbon emissions, so by buying GreenPower you will be supporting the construction of renewable energy generation right here in Australia and helping to cut carbon emissions.
Powershop selected Victoria as its first Australian location because the local electricity market is the most ripped off in Australia. Margins in Victoria are higher than in any other state. A 2013 report from the Essential Services Commission shows retailers in Victoria are making profits four times higher than elsewhere in the country. Powershop used the same data to estimate that it can save Victorians currently with AGL, Origin or EnergyAustralia in excess of $300 million every year if they switch to Powershop.

Powershop were rated as one of the cheapest energy retailers in Victoria. The Victorian government's Essential Services Commission issued a report on electricity prices in the state in October 2014 which said: "taking into account all available discounts, the lowest overall prices were most commonly available from Powershop." Victorian government's Essential Services Commission Energy Retailers' Comparative Performance Report – Pricing, October 2014. A 2015 St Vincent De Paul report into electricity prices found: "once you take into account the discounts available, Powershop offers [Victorians] the best deals across most network distribution areas for an average household consuming 4800kWh."

If you're still not sure - give Powershop a call on 1800 658 433 to get a quote over the phone, or email them at betterpowercompare@powershop.com.au to get a full comparison quote online.
Powershop has a competitive solar offer for people with solar PV. Firstly, unlike many retailers, Powershop's electricity rates are the same for solar and non-solar customers, meaning Powershop does not penalise solar customers. Secondly, unlike many retailers Powershop's discounts apply to both solar and non-solar customers, again meaning Powershop's solar customers are not penalised. Finally, Powershop's feed-in tariffs are some of the most competitive in the market.

There are no restrictions for solar PV customers who want to make the switch to this offer. That said, if you are on an older feed-in-tariff rate that is guaranteed by your current provider, Powershop may not be able to match this when you switch. Make sure you email Powershop at betterpowercompare@powershop.com.au or call 1800 658 433 to get a full comparison with solar rates before you decide whether to switch.
Every time a GetUp supporter switches to Powershop through Better Power, GetUp receives a payment that helps fund the Better Power campaign to support renewable energy and campaign against dirty coal and coal seam gas.