Thursday 10 November 2016

Ecotricity: an electricity company building the world we want :-)

We've recently changed our electricity supplier to Ecotricity: New Zealand's first (and thus-far only) independently certified carbon neutral electricity company.

We were excited to find them.  New Zealand has other electricity companies that supply predominantly renewable energy (the whole grid is around 75% renewable, after all), but Ecotricity goes well beyond that.  They're also trying to reduce fossil fuel usage by:
Their electricity comes from wind and hydro schemes (as well as a little solar).  On the rare occasions that the grid goes down and they're unable to supply us with renewable electricity (this apparently last happened in Auckland 5 years ago) they compensate for that by making sure they supply extra renewable energy to the grid later.

I don't know if New Zealand could function on 100% renewable electricity, but I expect it probably could.  Hydro dams act as a kind of 'battery', so we could have solar electricity during the day, wind electricity when the wind blows and hydro for the rest of the time.  I love that Ecotricity is trying to make that happen.

And, as an added bonus, it looks like Ecotricity will cost us under $1.50 per month more than our previous supplier :-)

You can sign up with Ecotricity from anywhere in New Zealand.  Check them out if you, too, like the sound of the world they're trying to build!

NB Ecotricity is certified by EnviroMark (a subsidiary of Landcare, one of the Crown Research Institutes) through their CarboNZero scheme.  You can see other CarboNZero certified organisations here.  Enviromark also provides simple carbon calculators for home, business and tourism: some of the data we used to create our carbon auditing tool came from them.

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