Why pick green power under new pricing model?

by Matt Grudnoff in The Canberra Times
Originally published in The Canberra Times on July 14, 2012

You would think that, with the introduction of a carbon price, the gap between the cost of coal-fired electricity and the cost of renewable energy would close, but, at least if you are an ActewAGL customer, you would be wrong. Surprisingly, despite not facing a carbon bill for the production of green power, the price difference between ActweAGL’s carbon-intensive electricity and its green power will remain at 7.5c per kWh. The question must be asked: is ActewAGL using the carbon price to gouge its green-power customers by charging the carbon price on the renewable energy it supplies?

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