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We have done the research and found Australias 3 most ethical power providers:

Partner powershop full transparent

Available in VIC, NSW & SE-QLD

  • 100% renewable energy
  • Zero carbon emissions
  • No lock-in contracts
  • Will pay exit fee from your current contract Help
  • Ranked Australia's greenest provider by Greenpeace two years running
Partner energy locals full

Available in NSW & QLD

  • Promise to never raise prices for profit reasons
  • Donate over half their profits to charity
  • No lock-in contracts
  • Fixed prices until July 2018
  • Note: If you're wondering why we don't mention renewables it's because Energy Locals do not own generators!
Partner diamond energy full

Available in VIC, NSW, SA & QLD

  • Solar specialists
  • 100% renewable energy
  • Zero carbon emissions
  • 5 star Greenpeace electricity supplier, highly rated since 2009

Our Power Provider Criteria

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Powershop Energy Locals Diamond Energy Ergon Energy Lumo Red Energy Momentum Aurora Energy Simply Energy Origin Energy Powerdirect Actew AGL Dodo Click Energy Neighbourhood Alinta Energy AGL Energy Energy Australia
Power logo powershop Power logo energy locals Power logo diamond energy Power logo ergon energy Power logo lumo Power logo red energy Power logo momentum Power logo aurora energy Power logo simply energy Power logo origin energy Power logo powerdirect Power logo actew agl Power logo dodo Power logo click energy Power logo neighbourhood Power logo alinta energy Power logo agl energy Power logo energy australia
Major Shareholder New Zealand Government (51%) Adrian Merrick Diamond Management Team (58%), SunPower Corporation (25%) QLD Government (100%) NSW Government (58%), VIC Government (29%), Commonwealth Government (13%) NSW Government (58%), VIC Government (29%), Commonwealth Government (13%) TAS Government (100%) TAS Government (100%) Engie (71%) & Mitsui & Co Ltd (28%) HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited (20.3%) HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited (18.36%) ACT Government (50%) AGL Energy (50%) HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited (11.5%) Angeleno Group Private Equity, Robeco Sam Private Equity, Cleantech Ventures TPG Capital Private Equity TPG Capital Private Equity HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited (18.36%) Sir Michael Kadoorie Family (35%)
Parent Company Meridian Energy Energy Locals Diamond Energy Ergon Energy Snowy Hydro Snowy Hydro Hydro Tasmania Aurora Energy Engie Origin Energy AGL Energy Actew Corporation/AGL Energy M2 Click Energy Alinta Alinta AGL Energy CLP Holdings
Major Shareholder/Parent Company Base New Zealand Australia Australia/USA Australia Australia Australia Australia Australia France/Japan Australia Australia Australia Australia Australia/USA/Switzerland USA USA Australia Hong Kong
Primary Fuel Source Wind - Solar Coal Hydro Hydro Hydro Hydro Coal Coal Coal Coal - - Coal Coal Coal Coal
Carbon Emissions 0 No Generation 0 35,528 2,700 1,300 13 13 27,466 25,700 38,838 38,838 No Generation No Generation 4,004 4,004 38,838 22,496
Renewable Energy 100% No Generation 100% 14% 73% 73% 94% 94% 1% 10% 18% 18% No Generation No Generation 9% 9% 18% 11%
New Renewable Energy Investment Green tick Red cross Green tick Red cross Red cross Red cross Red cross Red cross Red cross Red cross Green tick Green tick Red cross Red cross Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
No CSG Investment Green tick Green tick Green tick Red cross Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red cross Red cross Red cross Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Red cross Green tick
GreenPower Available Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick Green tick
Ombudsman Complaints 88 14 700 3,000 1,600 1,100 500 3,200 20,300 21,700 21,700 600 1,000 900 900 21,700 11,300
Dual Fuel f f f f Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes f Yes Yes Yes Yes
Greenpeace Ranking 8.6 8.5 4.6 5.9 6.0 6.9 6.5 2.9 5.7 4.7 5.8 4.9 4.7 3.4 3.4 5.1 4.9
States of Operation NSW QLD VIC QLD NSW VIC NSW SA QLD QLD NSW QLD SA VIC NSW SA VIC NSW SA VIC TAS NSW SA VIC ACT QLD NSW SA VIC NSW QLD SA VIC ACT NSW NSW QLD SA VIC NSW QLD VIC VIC SA VIC NSW QLD SA VIC ACT NSW QLD SA VIC
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Extra Things to Note
  • Switch through Ethical Switch and we will make a donation to charity!
  • Commonly have the lowest prices in VIC! Help
  • If you're stuck in a contract, Powershop will pay your exit fees! Help
  • Awesome phone app to track usage/pay bills
  • Switch through Ethical Switch and we will make a donation to charity!
  • Fixed prices until July 2018
  • A company promise to never raise prices for profit reasons!
  • Donate over half their profits to charity.
  • No lock in contracts
  • Switch through Ethical Switch and we will make a donation to charity!
  • Excellent offers, feed in rates and service for solar customers
  • Great customer service
Powershop New Zealand Government (51%) New Zealand Meridian Energy Wind 0 100% true true Yes 88 f 8.6 NSW QLD VIC Gold star Gold star Gold star Gold star Gold star Switch Now
Energy Locals Adrian Merrick Australia Energy Locals - No Generation No Generation false true Yes f QLD NSW Gold star Gold star Gold star Gold star Gold star Switch Now
Diamond Energy Diamond Management Team (58%), SunPower Corporation (25%) Australia/USA Diamond Energy Solar 0 100% true true Yes 14 f 8.5 VIC NSW SA QLD Gold star Gold star Gold star Gold star Gold star Switch Now
Ergon Energy QLD Government (100%) Australia Ergon Energy Coal 35,528 14% false false Yes 700 f 4.6 QLD Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star Grey star
Lumo NSW Government (58%), VIC Government (29%), Commonwealth Government (13%) Australia Snowy Hydro Hydro 2,700 73% false true 10% 3,000 Yes 5.9 NSW QLD SA VIC Gold star Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star
Red Energy NSW Government (58%), VIC Government (29%), Commonwealth Government (13%) Australia Snowy Hydro Hydro 1,300 73% false true Yes 1,600 Yes 6.0 NSW SA VIC Gold star Gold star Gold star Grey star Grey star
Momentum TAS Government (100%) Australia Hydro Tasmania Hydro 13 94% false true Yes 1,100 Yes 6.9 NSW SA VIC Gold star Gold star Gold star Gold star Grey star
Aurora Energy TAS Government (100%) Australia Aurora Energy Hydro 13 94% false true Yes 500 Yes 6.5 TAS Gold star Gold star Gold star Gold star Grey star
Simply Energy Engie (71%) & Mitsui & Co Ltd (28%) France/Japan Engie Coal 27,466 1% false true Yes 3,200 Yes 2.9 NSW SA VIC Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star Grey star
Origin Energy HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited (20.3%) Australia Origin Energy Coal 25,700 10% false false Yes 20,300 Yes 5.7 ACT QLD NSW SA VIC Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star Grey star
Powerdirect HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited (18.36%) Australia AGL Energy Coal 38,838 18% true false Yes 21,700 Yes 4.7 NSW QLD SA VIC Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star Grey star
Actew AGL ACT Government (50%) AGL Energy (50%) Australia Actew Corporation/AGL Energy Coal 38,838 18% true false Yes 21,700 Yes 5.8 ACT NSW Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star Grey star
Dodo HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited (11.5%) Australia M2 - No Generation No Generation false true Yes 600 Yes 4.9 NSW QLD SA VIC Gold star Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star
Click Energy Angeleno Group Private Equity, Robeco Sam Private Equity, Cleantech Ventures Australia/USA/Switzerland Click Energy - No Generation No Generation false true 25% 1,000 f 4.7 NSW QLD VIC Gold star Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star
Neighbourhood TPG Capital Private Equity USA Alinta Coal 4,004 9% true true No 900 Yes 3.4 VIC Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star Grey star
Alinta Energy TPG Capital Private Equity USA Alinta Coal 4,004 9% true true No 900 Yes 3.4 SA VIC Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star Grey star
AGL Energy HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited (18.36%) Australia AGL Energy Coal 38,838 18% true false Yes 21,700 Yes 5.1 NSW QLD SA VIC Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star Grey star
Energy Australia Sir Michael Kadoorie Family (35%) Hong Kong CLP Holdings Coal 22,496 11% true true Yes 11,300 Yes 4.9 ACT NSW QLD SA VIC Gold star Grey star Grey star Grey star Grey star

Ethical Switch is comparing providers of goods and services according to publicly available data. We cannot guarantee that we have included all providers, nor can we guarantee this information to be 100% correct, so please do your own research before making a decision to switch. If you believe our information to be incorrect, please contact us and let us know!

For more information on the criteria table, click here

FAQs

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Why should I switch my power provider?

We would all rather that the money we spent didn't cause any harm which is why we have researched which companies are having a positive effect in society.

If you would rather be with a power company that considers its effect on the environment, treats its customers well, prices its products fairly and works hard to do good then simply use our criteria tables to choose your new power provider and make the switch.

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Can I switch if I'm already on a contract?

Yes, you can always switch your provider. It's possible your existent contracts will require you to pay an exit fee but they are usually small amounts (between $25 and $75).

Powershop If you switch to Powershop then they will pay that fee for you up to $75 (which is likely to be more than enough to cover your whole exit fee). You can see how much certain power companies charge for exit fees on our criteria tables.

Diamond Energy If you have been with Diamond Energy for over a year then it is unlikely you will have to pay an exit fee. If you have been with Diamond Energy for less than a year then your exit fee will most likely be $22.

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How quick and easy is it to switch?

5 minutes from now you could be switched!

All you need is your personal details (and if you're switching to Powershop, your payment details) – the switch can be 100% completed online.

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I'm moving house - can you make that easy for me?

Absolutely!

The switching process allows you to nominate a future date and address for switching over your power. You won't even need to speak to your current provider, that is all sorted out for you.

You can rest easy knowing that on the date you move into your new home, the power will be on.

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Will switching cost me more?

The short answer is no, it most likely won't.

We consider fair pricing to be a cornerstone of our ethical companies and only offer switches to companies that we think fit the bill.

PowershopPowershop were found to be Victoria's cheapest power provider on average according to a report by the Essential Services Commission in 2014.

The report showed that in Victoria Powershop's prices were cheapest in 11 of the 15 residential scenarios shown, and Powershop was within the cheapest 3 in all 15 scenarios.

The full report is available to view here

Diamond Energy Diamond Energy has some of the most competitive electricity rates in VIC, SA, NSW and QLD for residential and small business customers. They continually appear as one of the lowest cost electricity retailers in government price comparison websites (eg Energy Made Easy, My Power Planner).

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Will I continue to receive my concessions and rebates?

Absolutely!

If you are eligible, you will receive government funded concessions and rebates where applicable.

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What about rooftop solar?

Diamond Energy Diamond Energy is the solar friendly electricity retailer and service thousands of solar customers across the country by offering some of the most competitive rates and one of the highest feed in rates. Their discounts also apply to the charges before any solar credits.

If you are one of the early adopter households who recognised the benefits of solar years ago, then you may be already receiving a state based feed in tariff under a scheme that is now closed to new recipients. Subject to eligibility check, you will continue to receive your feed in tariff when you switch.

If you are eligible for a net feed in tariff, they will top it up with their standard rate (currently 8c/kWh) - one of the highest available.

PowershopPowershop supports residential solar. Customers entitled to the Premium Feed-in Tariff, Transitional Feed-in Tariff, or the current Feed-in Tariff will not lose access to their entitlements. If you are entitled to the old “one for one” Standard Feed-in Tariff that was available to households installing solar generation before 31 December 2012, you will lose access to it by switching retailers, and will revert to the current Feed-in Tariff. Please visit Victoria's Energy and Resources website about standard feed-in tariffs for more information.

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Where will my power actually come from?

Electricity is energy, and the Australian grid is an ever changing mix of the energy supplied into it. This energy can be locally sourced, renewable or from fossil fuel generators. Currently the National Energy Market (NEM) mix is only ~13% renewable sourced, with the rest coming from fossil fuels. No matter which energy retailer you buy your electricity from, the electricity is delivered via your distributor from the mix of energy present in your local area, for ease this is measured by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) centrally, for each state, while the NEM extends across the eastern seaboard from SA across Qld through to Tasmania. To help manage their business, electricity retailers have a range of ways to source their electricity, including buying from the NEM or by sourcing electricity directly from generators. The government mandates that a certain percentage of the electricity in the NEM comes from renewable sources.

PowershopPowershop buys its electricity, like all retailers, from the NEM. However, Powershop is backed by Meridian Energy which owns and runs the Mt Miller wind farm, which is situated on the Eyre Peninsular in South Australia. Mt Miller wind farm produces around 180 GWh of renewable energy per year. They also own the Mt Mercer wind farm near Ballarat which has just begun generating enough electricity to supply over 100,000 households. These wind farms produce more renewable power than Powershop's customers consume. By purchasing power from Powershop you are supporting Meridian Energy and its investment in renewable energy generation in Australia.

DiamondDiamond Energy sources electricity from renewable generators only, including their own Tatura and Shepparton biogas plants, two solar plants in Mildura, a food waste to energy facility in outer Sydney, wind in South Australia and from thousands of residential solar customer rooftops. They believe that clean and efficient renewable generation is going to play an increasing role in Australia's future energy mix and a major role in helping combat climate change, ahead of old and tired coal generation.

Their vision is to ‘generate change' as an electricity retailer supporting renewable generation derived from Australia's pure, natural resources. They also believe that by supporting Diamond Energy, customers can take a simple step to make their electricity spend count. Every day they are supporting renewable generation whilst enjoying competitive rates and great service for their homes and businesses

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What is GreenPower?

The GreenPower Program is a government managed scheme that enables Australian households and businesses to displace their electricity usage with certified renewable energy, which is added to the grid on their behalf.

With each of our switches, you may optionally select GreenPower and this will help increase the demand for renewable energy in Australia.

When you select GreenPower you are forcing your electricity provider to buy more certified renewable energy than government mandated via the RET scheme. This helps drive investment in renewable energy in Australia!

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What is the Renewable Energy Target (RET)?

The Renewable Energy Target is a policy that encourages the development of renewable energy in Australia. It does this by requiring certain businesses, mainly electricity retailers, to purchase a certain number of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). REC's are created by renewable energy power stations, such as wind farms, that are accredited by the Clean Energy Regulator.

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How will I be helping renewable energy in Australia?

We only offer switches to companies that own 100% renewable generation. Your electricity bills will help keep these renewable power stations operating to reduce the reliance of Australia on coal generation.

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Will my power be 100% carbon neutral?

PowershopPowershop are Australia's first 100% carbon neutral energy retailer which means if you switch to them then your power will be 100% carbon neutral at no extra cost.

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Can I switch my gas as well?

We do not currently offer a gas switch but if you would like to register your interest then feel free to e-mail us at hello@ethicalswitch.com and include your postcode.

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Can I get a bill comparison?

Yes, if you would like to request a bill comparison then simply send an e-mail to hello@ethicalswitch.com with your name, e-mail address and phone number (optional) and we will be in touch shortly.

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