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ActewAGL’s Michael Costello holds forth on Greenchoice

By johnboy - 30 August 2012 23

ActewAGL have posted their letter to the editor on the subject of Greenchoice customers paying carbon tax prices:

I write to respond to recent discussion in the media regarding the impact of carbon pricing on ActewAGL’s Greenchoice program.

ActewAGL agrees that incurring carbon costs as a Greenchoice customer seems counterintuitive. Energy customers all across Australia are understandably questioning why the carbon price is affecting GreenPower programs. The answer is a combination of government policy and the structure of the national electricity market. ActewAGL has had no part in structuring this policy and if there is to be any change in this matter, it is for the Federal Government to make.

ActewAGL has a competitive offer for its Greenchoice customers. We encourage our customers to consider the whole energy offer when analysing the value of green products and comparing ActewAGL to our competitors. There is more to consider than just the GreenPower premium.

Our analysis suggests that a typical ACT residential customer, purchasing 10 per cent Greenchoice on a standard retail contract, is approximately $60 better off per annum against a comparable competitor offer. This is because electricity tariffs vary from retailer to retailer and, in this instance, the standard offer rate from the other retailer is higher than ours. For a Greenchoice customer on an ActewAGL Bundle contract, which receives discounts up to 25 per cent, the saving is substantially more.

It is critical that customers do not accept energy offers at face value. A low GreenPower premium doesn’t necessarily mean a low price for the product. We encourage customers to contact us for information, understand the fine print and do their own evaluation.

– ActewAGL Chief Executive Officer Michael Costello

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Truthiness 5:26 pm 31 Aug 12

I would gladly pay double for electricity if I could actually be sure doing so was making any damn difference at all. As it stands I am better off buying my own portable wind turbines than waiting for ActewAGL to pull their finger out.

If only it were possible for the average person to buy a house without getting into a lifetime of debt servitude, then I might be able to invest in insulation and my own electricity generation. Relying on buying power from a corporation will never be green.

davo101 5:07 pm 31 Aug 12

SnapperJack said :

Power bills are currently being sent out and everybody should be vigilant about the inclusion of Greenchoice on their bills without their authorisation. I saw it on my bill despite not signing up and I phoned them. They said it was a mistake and deducted the charge.

I have had the reverse problem of getting removed from the Greenchoice program and then having to go the process of getting back on. I think it’s just that ACTEW are incompetent when it comes to billing.

SnapperJack 4:51 pm 31 Aug 12

Power bills are currently being sent out and everybody should be vigilant about the inclusion of Greenchoice on their bills without their authorisation. I saw it on my bill despite not signing up and I phoned them. They said it was a mistake and deducted the charge.

With the carbon tax ripoff now underway, how many people have either not bothered to check their bill or simply assumed that Greenchoice was now compulsory and/or ACTEW’s way of identifying the tax.

Make sure you don’t get ripped off by the green zealots and be vigilant when paying your energy bills.

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