Electricity Distributors by State

Find out who your electricity distributor is.


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You probably know who your electricty retailer is, since they send you a power bill every month or three. But what's less likely is that you know who your electricity distributor is and what they're in charge of. The most important thing to know is that who your distributor is will depend on where you live, and you can't pick them.

What is an electricity distributor?

Electricity distributors are in charge of power distribution. That is, they build and maintain the poles, wires, substations and more that actually get the power from the generator to your home or business. They don't usually own generators themselves, nor do they oversee smaller connections that aren't part of the greater energy grid.

What's the difference between a distributor and a retailer?

Energy retailers are effectively middlemen that buy power from the grid and sell it on to customers at a (generally higher) price. Companies like Energy Australia or AGL don't make or transmit the power, they merely sell it via energy plans.

Here's a quick summary of the responsibilities of each:

Build and maintain power poles, wires and infrastructureBuild and maintain the individual power connection of properties.
Repair damage to the electricity network.Repair local electrical faults that aren't part of the greater power grid.
Read your energy meter and send that information to your retailer.Issue your power bill, which is based on/estimated from meter readings.
Sell power to energy retailers at wholesale prices.Sell energy to consumers at retail prices using power plans.

Electricity distributors by state: Who's my distributor?

You don't get to choose your distributor. Instead, distributors service particular regions, meaning yours will depend on where you live.

AusgridGreater Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast, inland near Muswellbrook and Merriwa
Endeavour EnergyThe Blue Mountains, Sydney's Greater West, the Southern Highlands, Illawarra, the South Coast
Essential Energy95% of NSW in rural areas, plus some of south-west QLD
JemenaNorth and south-west Melbourne
CitiPowerMelbourne CBD and inner suburbs
AusNet ServicesEastern Victoria, northern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne
United EnergySouthern Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula
PowercorWestern Victoria, excluding all of Melbourne
EnergexSouth-east QLD, including Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast
Ergon EnergyRural and regional QLD
SA Power NetworksAll of South Australia
EvoEnergyThe vast majority of the ACT
Essential EnergyA few remote customers here and there, plus Queanbeyan
TasNetworksAll of Tasmania
Northern Territory
Power and Water CorporationAll of the Northern Territory

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