Avoiding coal and coal seam gas in your home energy supply
We receive many inquiries asking how consumers can avoid coal seam gas (CSG) in their energy mix. It’s not easy to do! Almost all energy companies are drilling for CSG, buying CSG, or buying power from CSG–fired power stations.
Bottled gas is LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and does not contain CSG, and there are still a number of sources of conventional gas around the country.
Some energy providers use advertising campaigns and their websites to highlight their investment in renewable energy while playing down their core business in producing and supplying energy from CSG or coal. Red Energy and Momentum Energy are the only electricity suppliers we are aware of who say they do not buy electricity generated from CSG. These two suppliers are currently only available to customers in NSW, South Australia and Victoria.
If you are living outside of these states, another option to consider is switching to 100% Greenpower so that you can contribute to the growth in consumer demand for renewable energy.
You can help encourage energy companies to change their behaviour and meaningfully invest in clean renewable energy. We encourage you to call your energy supplier’s head office to tell them you would like to power your home on clean renewable energy, not CSG and coal.
- Coal and coal seam gas are not clean or sustainable energy sources. Both pose serious risks to the health of our communities, our water resources, our food producing land and our environment.
- Renewable energy is clean, safe, sustainable, and safeguards the health of our communities, our water resources, our food producing land and our environment.
- Ask if you can exclude coal and CSG from your energy mix. If you are told ‘no’, ask ‘why not?’
Other options for switching to clean renewable energy at home include installing solar power or by becoming involved in community-owned renewable energy (CRE).
Installing a solar power system will not only ensure you are using clean renewable energy, but it can also decrease your electricity costs and increase the value of your home. You can learn more about installing solar power at home here.
CRE projects are on the rise across the world, including in Australia. These communities benefit with clean energy, a new industry, and the profits stay in the local economy.
- Hepburn Wind is recognised globally and has won several sustainability awards. The company sells green power to Red Energy.
- The Denmark Community Windfarm in Western Australia is nearing completion.
- Other community windfarm projects are in the early stages of development in New England, NSW and at Mt Alexander, Victoria.
- Ballarat and Bendigo have established Solar Parks, each generating about 450 megawatt hours of greenpower year.
To find out more about starting a CRE project, visit Embark, established to support local groups in bringing their community-owned renewable energy projects to fruition.
- Electricity Retailer Disclosure Study, Briefing Note for the Total Environment Centre, prepared by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS, 30 January 2013.
- Carbon Neutral: Calculate your carbon footprint
- WWF: How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle?