Frequently asked questions
We are able to tell when your usage is occurring because most houses and businesses are installed with smart meters (if not we will organise for one to be installed).
Smart meters record data every half hour and then will communicate that information daily to the metering company who then send it on to us.
This allows us to give you up-to-date information on your consumption and to charge different amounts based on when your consumption occurs, for instance charging your electric vehicle at cheap night time rates.
Customers can access information on their consumption yearly, monthly, weekly, right down to the half hour.
Can we guarantee each electron comes from only renewables?
No. However, because electricity is an interchangeable commodity throughout New Zealand we are able to very accurately account for how much we are supplying our customers and conversely purchasing from renewable resources on an annualized basis. The net effect therefore is that we are only supplying from certified renewable sources.
We also take into account what emissions arise from the construction of the renewable generation plant, such as concrete, steel, transport to and from the site, transmission losses etc. A very detailed piece of work goes on behind the scenes!
Our carbonzero Certification for Electricity is based on international protocols and United Nations Product Specifications for supplying electricity from renewable sources. Carbon neutral electricity is offered in many overseas markets including Australia, the US and Europe. The carbonzero Certified Electricity programme has also been peer reviewed by an overseas expert. The reason it is important to support carbonzero Certified electricity is so that new renewable electricity is developed, in particular wind and solar.
To find out much carbon emissions you can save by joining Ecotricity, check out our energy carbon emissions calculator here.
But you’re welcome to join us at your new address