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8 per cent of all Australian households choose to pay more for green electricity: $400 extra a year

Posted by gmarkets on 3 September, 2007

In NSW alone the number of customers paying extra for renewable energy to be fed into the grid on their behalf has more than doubled in the past six months and more than tripled in the 12 months to June, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (13/8/2007, p. 1). Public enthusiasm for renewable energy despite costs: Nearly 8 per cent of all Australian households choose to pay more for power to ensure it is environmentally friendly. For the average family, a 100 per cent commitment to green power could cost up to $400 extra a year. For customers buying 10 per cent green power for their homes – the minimum offered by energy retailers – more than $50 a year was added to their electricity bills. The public enthusiasm for renewable energy has prevented nearly 4.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions entering the atmosphere every year, says the GreenPower office.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 13/8/2007, p. 1

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