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How green are those electrons?

johnboy 26 November 2010 11

The ABC has a story on concerns being raised about whether ActewAGL is getting carbon credits to match the green energy they sell.

A spokeswoman for Treasurer Katy Gallagher says there is no immediate evidence to support the allegations.

Actew AGL says the claims as completely untrue.

A statement from the chief executive Michael Costello says the claims are false because the agreement with the Government started back in 1998, when carbon credits did not exist.

The statement says the deal did not relate to green energy, but was based on an agreement to supply the Government with energy sourced from two Canberra land fill sites.

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Felix Felix 5:05 pm 07 Dec 10

Erg0 – wow, what sort of education have we been giving those young folk? Blessedly, of course, it actually doesn’t matter either way – for all its imperfections, green power does still help develop a viable renewable energy sector – even if some of the customers are a tad simple minded with the details, at least their hearts are in the right place.

Erg0 Erg0 1:59 pm 03 Dec 10

I wasn’t joking, I really have had that conversation.

Admittedly it was with members of Gen Y, but it still counts.

Felix Felix 1:43 pm 03 Dec 10

Ah, James-T and Erg0, the old jokes are the good ones aren’t they?

pandaman pandaman 8:49 am 27 Nov 10

I’ve wondered for a while how green energy schemes are regulated. Seems like an ideal opportunity for a bit of quiet rorting.

chewy14 chewy14 12:44 pm 26 Nov 10

Interesting to see what comes out of this.
Although I will say, former employees usually don’t tend to be the most accurate source of information.

Erg0 Erg0 12:12 pm 26 Nov 10

The sad thing is that I’ve talked to people who genuinely believe that they’re getting different power than their neighbour.

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 11:39 am 26 Nov 10

How do they tag the green electrons? Mu neighbor has a green energy sticker on their place, meaning that they pay more for their power. I do not – How do the green electrons that they pay for know to get to their place?

Am I using up their green power, while they are actually using my dirty power?

Is it not mostly green anyway, coming from the Snowy Mountains hydro system?

welkin31 welkin31 10:58 am 26 Nov 10

Re #2 – I take it to be – charging us MORE for green power “when it isn’t really green?”

Diggety Diggety 10:40 am 26 Nov 10

They are probably ‘offset’ in the new arboretum….

sepi sepi 10:27 am 26 Nov 10

Can someone explain this to me in words of one syllable?

I’ve read the ABC link, but I can’t really understand what ACTEW are being accused of – is it charging us for green power when it isn’t really green?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:18 am 26 Nov 10

Companies marketing greenwashing for profit, nah, that’d never happen!

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