Quick facts about ACT energy plans
- Customers in the ACT are able to choose from several electricity and gas retailers.
- The government regulates the maximum price retailers are able to charge customers for electricity in the ACT.
- Canberra aims to produce 90% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Compare electricity and gas providers in the ACT
Electricity prices in Canberra are fully regulated, which means the government determines energy prices. As a result, there aren't as many energy retailers as there are in other parts of the country. However, customers can still choose from several electricity and gas retailers.
Most of the energy produced in the ACT comes from solar sources and the government plans to have 90% of the ACT's electricity coming from renewable sources by 2020. The ACT has several solar farms and residents can get solar feed-in tariffs from all of the main retailers operating in the territory. However, not all retailers offer installation so make sure to check if you need to arrange solar installation before signing up.
ACT energy retailers
Evoenergy, owned by ActewAGL, is the main electricity and gas distributor in the ACT but residents can choose from the following energy retailers:
Businesses have a few additional options and can sign up for electricity with Next Business Energy and ERM Business Energy. Simply Energy also operates in the ACT, but only accepts customers who are registered for the Next Generation Energy Storage Program.
There are two concessions available to Australians living in the Australian Capital Territory: the utilities concession and the energy concession. To be eligible for either concession, you must have an eligible concession or pension card.
Check if you're eligible for any ACT concessions and learn how to apply
Energy prices in the ACT are regulated by the government. However, some providers may still offer cheaper plans than others. In addition to price, there are several other factors you should consider when choosing an energy plan.
Solar installation. While most providers in the ACT offer solar feed-in tariffs, not all providers offer solar panel installation. If you're looking to install a new solar system, it might be cheaper to sign up with a retailer who offers comprehensive solar services including installation.
Discounts. Many providers offer discounts. These discounts can include bill reductions for paying your bills on time and bundling discounts if you sign up for electricity and gas with the same provider.
Flexible payment options. 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.
Monitoring. Some providers let you monitor your energy bills and usage using a smartphone app.
Fees. Some providers charge a fee for finishing a contract early or signing up for a new plan.
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.
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 and sign up for an energy plan. Your new retailer will typically take care of notifying your former retailer that you are switching.
How to switch energy providers