Is there such a thing as green power?, 17°

Anna C. 25°

In reality there is no such thing as 'green' electricity if you get your electricity out of the national grid. I work with a very cool company called, New Zealand's (and the world's for that matter) first online electricity shop. Their ambition is to be New Zealand's smartest power company. For them that means the cheapest, the greenest, and giving people more control over their power consumption.

Anyway, I am merely a communications consultant who works with them, their CEO Ari explains electricity options to help their customers reduce their impact on the environment on his blog They include New Zealand’s first full carbon offset electricity products. Powershop also offer tools that allow you to continually monitor your power use, so you can better control and reduce how much electricity you’re using.

I'm keen to get anyones thoughts on the need for greener power in New Zealand.

- How do you think the green power products stack up?
- Is offsetting emissions an intelligent solution to making household electricity use more sustainable?
- Is Powershop’s method of helping people monitor their daily electricity use, and giving them a choice of products so they can either partially or fully offset their electricity use, the best solution for greener power? (For now at least)
- Would you find it useful if we showed you how much carbon you produce from your electricity use?
- Would you buy the carbon offset products from Powershop?

I'd be keen to hear your thoughts.

10 replies

Nick G. 297°

Hi Anna.....I'm not sure how many people realise what is happening. every year human society uses 423 years of stored energy (Ref: Tim Flannery).....yet the way that most people interract, the way they live...provides little opportunity to make a contribution to any solution....SO anything that touches on the natural everyday transactions is likely to create a difference by an order of magnitude. The powershop model is very interesting and certainly has a great contribution to make...

So - for me - I'm not really aware of heaps of other green power products...they haven't touched me in Picton! Offsetting - YES, if it is part of the bundle of solutions.....Monitoring is crucial - demand/ respnse could achieve up to 20% saving on its own....and any information that enables a consumer to visulaise their carbon footprint would be really valuable....offsets - I'd rather pay for a product that has offsets built in rather than an additional transaction. I think that AirNZ's offset programme is a great example of that....

Nick G

Written in November 2009

I'm not really aware of green power products

Written in November 2009

Nick G. 297°

Hi Latifah. There are some available in New Zealand now where you can buy carbon neutral electricity it enables a householder to choose.....a neat concept I think. In NZ we are lucky though because we have a lot of hydro-electric generation i.e. water! Cheers Nick G

Written in November 2009

Jin W. 10°

I also new to hear green power products.

Written in November 2009

Theo M.

Yes, many things can be stated as green power like Solar Energy, Wind Energy and energy created from those resources which ordinarily doesn’t help global warming like Sewage Power, Power Generated from the Garbage. Electric Energy is also included in Green power.


Written in September 2010

Jonny S. 21°

Solar Energy and Wind Energy is our future

Written in October 2010

Theo M.

Yes, Green power is a subset of renewable energy and represents those renewable energy resources and technologies that provide the highest environmental benefit. EPA defines green power as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources. Customers often buy green power for avoided environmental impacts and its greenhouse gas reduction benefits. For more useful information you can check out the links below

Written in October 2010

Jame J.

i also didn't know about the green power before seeing this site, after reading the people comments i got some idea, please share some more info about it. and thanks for sharing this

Written in October 2010

Kris H.

There are now a plethora of green products on the market all of which are designed to create electricity from the natural resource around us like, hydro energy, wind, solar energy and geothermal energy.

The more people that can make the switch over to green power generation the quicker the worlds need for fossil fuels will diminish.

Written in August 2011

Kris H.

this is a great site I found as well

Written in August 2011

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