Aug 18 2016

GetUp! must declare commercial interest in retail electricity market assessment

Activist group GetUp! should declare its commercial interest in the retail electricity market when it advocates against businesses with which it is in a rival commercial relationship, the Australian Energy Council said today.

GetUp! has a commercial relationship with energy retailer Powershop and receives revenue for every customer who switches away from a major retailer. 

The Australian Energy Council’s chief executive, Matthew Warren said, “Like any organisation or individual, GetUp! has the right to advocate on energy policy issues.

“However, like the businesses or organisations it seeks to hold to account, it also has a responsibility to be transparent, given its profitable commercial relationship with a major competitor of the businesses it criticises.

“GetUp! campaigns to get electricity customers to switch away from AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia to Powershop, a competitor business. In return it receives a commission for customers who switch. Its recently released report, ‘Australia’s retail electricity markets: who is serving whom?’ singled out AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia, without disclosing the commercial incentive it has to encourage customers to switch away from those businesses.

“We have serious concerns about the credibility of the findings of the report given, for example, that it does not appear to have fully taken into account discounts offered by retailers in competitive markets, which in NSW and Victoria range from 15-35 per cent.

“We are also concerned that a group that presents itself as a neutral commentator on issues, clearly is not.

“Activism has an important role to play in society.  Most activist groups eschew commercial links for the very reason that it compromises their integrity and confidence in the authenticity of their campaigns.

“In this instance, GetUp! has failed to declare its vested interest in the electricity retail market through its commercial arrangement with Powershop.”


About the Australian Energy Council

The Council represents 22 major electricity and downstream natural gas businesses operating in competitive wholesale and retail energy markets. These businesses collectively generate the overwhelming majority of electricity in Australia and sell gas and electricity to over 10 million homes and businesses.

Media contact             Carl Kitchen                0401 69134

Related News


Australian Energy Council congratulates Daniel Westerman

The Australian Energy Council congratulates Daniel Westerman on his appointment as CEO and Managing Director of the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Feb 10 2021

New data shows solar shines despite lockdowns

Rooftop solar installation grew by 18 per cent nationally over the last year, according to the Australian Energy Council's latest Solar Report, which showed record growth in solar PV capacity and installations during 2020.

Feb 04 2021

Australian Energy Council congratulates Chris Bowen and thanks Mark Butler

The Australian Energy Council congratulates the Hon Chris Bowen MP on his appointment as Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy and thanks the Hon Mark Butler MP for his extensive work in the portfolio.

Jan 29 2021
Do you have a question or comment for AEC?

Send an email with your question or comment, and include your name and a short message and we'll get back to you shortly.

Call Us
+61 (3) 9205 3100