2:03 PM (1 hour ago)
It has been revealed that are plans in NSW for a massive rollout of new coal and coal seam gas projects on an unprecedented scale.
The three biggest and dirtiest energy companies – AGL, Energy Australia and Origin, who most Australians buy power from – are all involved in coal seam gas (CSG) and coal mining. They’ve also been lobbying the government to cut our Renewable Energy Target, a critically important policy that drives investment in renewable energy.
We’ve got a really fast, simple, high impact way to stop them in their tracks and protect our our communities, water supplies and environment – by switching power company right now, en masse.
NEVILLE, you pledged to switch your home or business electricity retailer when the Better Power campaign launched the campaign here. Already, over 5,348 GetUp members in Victoria have made the switch. Now, it’s time for NSW to vote with our feet and switch to a power company that, like us, is anti-CSG and a real champion of renewable energy:
We know that our collective consumer power can stop AGL’s plans to grow their CSG operations in NSW. Just last month global financial analysts Citi Research said:
“We think there are early warning signs of negative connotations around Gloucester (CSG) impacting AGL in some retail customer segments. If these negative associations become more mainstream, walking away from/disposing of Gloucester may become the right option to protect the larger retail brand and earnings.1“
That’s huge! Put simply, what Citi are saying is that if enough of us leave AGL the company will have no choice but to dump its plans for CSG in NSW.
We’re excited to have partnered with Powershop, rated the greenest elecritiy retailer in Australia by Greenpeace and the Total Environment Centre. For every person that switches as part of this campaign, Powershop makes a small payment towards our campaigns to stop CSG, damaging coal mining, and to save renewables.
It’s really quick and easy to switch. It takes about 5 minutes, and it’s all done online. You don’t even have to contact your old, dirty power company. And Powershop doesn’t lock you into a contract or charge exit fees so there’s no risk. Can you switch to better, cleaner power now and help stop the roll out of CSG and coal in our communities? http://www.getup.org.au/BetterPowerNSW
Getting together with other Australian consumers to use our financial power to fight for a clean energy future will have a direct, immediate and hard hitting impact. You’ll be sending the strongest message possible to the dirty power companies – if you attack renewables and support dirty coal and CSG your customers will leave you. And at the same time, you’ll be supporting a pro-renewables, anti-CSG company that over 5,000 GetUp members have switched to already.
We’ve got an ambitious target – we need 50,000 people to switch before the Annual General Meetings of AGL and Origin.
Ready to use your power as a consumer to start the shift? http://www.getup.org.au/BetterPowerNSW
Together we can create an unstoppable shift to clean up our energy market, starting with our choice of who we buy our power from. Let’s make the switch massive NSW!
James, Paul and Michael for the GetUp team.
PS – The dirty power companies who dominate the NSW electricity market – Origin, EnergyAustralia and AGL – are all invested in CSG, and coal fired power stations and have been trying to wreck the Renewable Energy Target. It’s time to switch to a better, cleaner power company who, like you, is opposed to CSG and is fighting to save the Renewable Energy Target. Join the switch now and forward this email to your friends and family: www.getup.org.au/BetterPowerNSW
PPS – If you have want more information you will find an FAQ here.
 AGL Energy: Alert: Upstream gas restructure, a material prize worth chasing. Citi Research.18 February 2015