It really is as easy as Tony H said to switch to 100% Green Power. A quick phone call to Origin, which took under five minutes (I was already a customer). As of now my house is no longer responsible for emissions from brown coal. Which is good, ‘cos I’m afraid I’m a little cynical that the state government’s plan to capture the CO2 emissions will work very well, on a big enough scale, or any time soon.
The impact on my bill is an extra 5 cents per kWh, which based on my most recent bill is $37.95 for three months. (It’s 5.5 cents if you count GST.) It should cut my annual emissions by about 5 tonnes.
According to Channel 7 last night, they’re about to change the formula for solar panels that feed back into the grid, so it’ll be worth re-doing those calculations when the budget is announced today. But this’ll keep me going for now.
So, no more coal power for me!
(via the Greens blog.)
PS. Wednesday: The paperwork arrived. It’s actually effective 16th May (allowing for a 10 day cooling-off period). And it’s 4.99994 cents per kWh including GST.