Electricity and gas plans in the ACT

Find out which providers operate in the Australian Capital Territory.

There are a number of gas and electricity retailers that supply energy in the ACT and choosing the right plan may help save you money.

Learn about your different options and compare them below.

Essential facts about ACT energy plans

  • There are three gas providers and six electricity providers in the ACT
  • The market is deregulated, but you can still choose a regulated plan
  • Canberra plans to produce 90% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020
Electricity and Gas in ACT

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Name Product Details Details Features More details

Details

  • Electricity plans
  • Usage at wholesale rates
  • Variable/fixed rate available

Features

No-lock-in contracts
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
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Electricity plans
Usage at wholesale rates
Variable/fixed rate available
No-lock-in contracts
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
Energy Locals supplies electricity to homes at variable or fixed rates with no lock in contracts.

Details

  • Electricity and gas plans
  • Pay-on-time discounts
  • Monthly billing
  • *Electricity only in QLD

Features

No-lock-in contracts
No exit fees
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
Enquire now
More info
Electricity and gas plans
Pay-on-time discounts
Monthly billing
*Electricity only in QLD
No-lock-in contracts
No exit fees
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
Energy Australia has no exit fees and no lock in contracts while also offering discounts on your usage charge if you pay on time.

Details

  • Electricity and gas plans
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • No exit fees when you add GreenPower

Features

12-24 month contracts
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
More info
Electricity and gas plans
Variable/fixed rate available
No exit fees when you add GreenPower
12-24 month contracts
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
Choose from electricity, gas and solar options while getting exit fees waived if you add GreenPower to your bundle.

Details

  • Electricity and gas plans
  • Pay-on-time discounts
  • Monthly billing
  • *Electricity not available in WA

Features

No-lock-in contracts
No exit fees
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
More info
Electricity and gas plans
Pay-on-time discounts
Monthly billing
*Electricity not available in WA
No-lock-in contracts
No exit fees
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
Origin charges no exit fees and lock in contracts as well as discounts for paying your energy bill on time.

Details

  • Electricity plans only
  • 100% local customer service
  • Available in NSW, VIC, SA and QLD

Features

No-lock-in contracts
No exit fees
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
More info
Electricity plans only
100% local customer service
Available in NSW, VIC, SA and QLD
No-lock-in contracts
No exit fees
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
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Powerclub
Powerclub

Details

  • Electricity plans in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA & ACT
  • Wholesale electricity prices
  • Subscription fee
  • Monthly billing

Features

No-lock-in contracts
No exit fees
GreenPower: Not available
Solar: Available
More info
Electricity plans in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA & ACT
Wholesale electricity prices
Subscription fee
Monthly billing
No-lock-in contracts
No exit fees
GreenPower: Not available
Solar: Available
Powerclub offers energy at wholesale prices with a subscription access model

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How does the energy market work in the ACT?

Electricity

Distributors

Evoenergy (as part of ActewAGL) is the main electricity distributor in the ACT, although some remote distribution systems are handled by other companies.

Retailers

There are currently half a dozen electricity retail suppliers in the ACT. These are:

  • ActewAGL
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Momentum Energy
  • Origin
  • Red Energy
  • Simply Energy

Gas

Distributors

Evoenergy is also the primary distributor of gas in the ACT, though like electricity, other companies do provide some remote systems.

Retailers

There are only three gas suppliers in the ACT:

  • ActewAGL
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Origin

How to compare energy plans

The ACT has a relatively large range of providers given its population and it's important to understand what to look for when you're comparing plans and providers. This includes:

  • Bundling. If a provider sells electricity and gas see if it offers a discount if you sign up for both.
  • Discounts. Most providers offer some kind of discount to get your business. A discount is always welcome, but try to find lasting discounts rather than one-off reductions. A discount in the first month isn't worth much if prices remain higher later.
  • Flexible payment and late fees. Check to see how your provider lets you pay your bills. It might be possible to pay your bills in advance or in flexible instalments. For some customers, flexibility can often mean the difference between paying an energy bill on time or paying late and incurring a fee.
  • Choice. Many providers offer a variety of plans and some might be better than others. If you use a lot of energy during off-peak hours, a policy with off-peak pricing is probably a good idea, for example.
  • Monitoring. Some providers let you monitor your energy bills and usage using a smartphone app. Knowing more about your energy spending habits can help you make better decisions about your energy usage and save you money.

How can I switch providers in the ACT?

Because the ACT's energy market is deregulated, it's easy for consumers to switch providers. All you need to do is:

  • Choose a new provider
  • Notify the new provider you wish to switch and sign the contract

How to switch energy providers

What to keep in mind when switching energy plans

While switching providers is easy, you need to consider the following when looking for a better energy deal:

  • Switching fees. Your existing provider may charge a fee for finishing a contract early. It must be specified in the contract.
  • Cooling-off period. Make sure your plan includes a 10-day cooling-off period.
  • Tariffs. Tariffs are the fees retail providers charge customers. They can be broken down into a supply charge, which is effectively an access fee, and a rates charge, which measures your actual energy consumption.
  • Contract terms. Make sure to check your contract terms carefully. Some providers automatically roll over your contract when it expires, which can be convenient but may come with higher costs.

Ask before you switch

You might not even need to switch energy providers to get a better deal. It's always worth asking your existing provider if it's willing to match the better price you've found elsewhere. It never hurts to ask.

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    RobertSeptember 19, 2017

    I live in Duffy so do i have an option of electricity suppliers?

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      MariaSeptember 19, 2017

      Hey Robert,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Regarding your options on electricity suppliers in your area, availability would vary depending on location.

      You may fill out the form on this page on Energy Comparison for Australian Capital Territory to consult an energy broker.

      I hope this helps.

      Best,
      Maria

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    tullyMay 31, 2017

    Name of gas suppliers that service red hill act

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      JonathanMay 31, 2017

      Hi Tully!

      Thanks for the comment.

      Currently, we have ActewAGL as the sole option for ACT residents on our page.

      You may complete the inquiry form and an energy consultant will get in touch with you.

      Hope this clarifies.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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