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The takeover of a green energy company by an oil giant

Mike Seccombe on the sale of Powershop, and what it tells us about the future of green energy in Australia.

Powershop was one of Australia’s fastest growing energy companies. It’s investment in renewables and political advocacy for climate change action made it one of the most popular electricity providers in the country.

But in a shock announcement to its customers, Powershop announced it had been sold to one of the world’s biggest polluters.

Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the sale of Powershop, and what it tells us about the future of green energy in Australia. 


Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe.

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