Our COVID-19 solidarity credit program started on 1 April 2020 (and no, it was no April Fools Day joke), and finished up on 31 March 2021. Our solidarity credit program was about giving up 100% of our revenue from electricity retailing and putting it to combat the social and economic consequences of COVID-19 in both Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific. You can read about the program more fully here.
Over the course of the year from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, our customer members helped raise $5,717.50 in solidarity credits. This means that in total we had $2,858.75 worth of solidarity directed to CoPower customer members domestically, and $2,858.75 for our international development partner Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA to support its energy democracy programs in Nepal, Vietnam and the Philippines. If you’d like to read more about APHEDA’s energy democracy and climate work check out page 7 of its 2020 annual report.
To all our customer members, thank you for being part of positive change during a really tough year. What we do next with our electricity revenue is in your hands. If you’ve got an idea that you’d like to pitch to other CoPower customer members than make a submission here.
Finally, Earthworker was one of our domestic customer members who benefited from our solidarity credits. In other words, you helped protect and build quality manufacturing jobs in the La Trobe Valley. So, the best way we can sum up the impact of our program is in Dan Musil’s, Earthworker’s secretary, words:
So, thank you for helping to make a difference with your energy bill!