ACT has few options for electricity and gas retailers, but their 2020 renewable energy target promises great things to come.
ActewAGL is responsible for distributing ACT’s gas and electricity, where it is then sold to the residents by any of the three retailers, Origin Energy, EnergyAustralia, or ActewAGL. These three retailers, as well as providing electricity, also provide gas to homes and businesses. Though the choices of retailer are limited by three fossil-fuelled providers, by 2020, 90% of Canberra’s electricity will be derived from renewable sources.
What is an electricity and gas provider/retailer?
Energy retailers — those that sell either electricity and gas — purchase energy from energy producers. They then deliver the energy using pre-existing grids and pipelines, which don’t belong to them but to the distributors. Energy retailers will then calculate the costs of generating the energy, transporting it, upkeeping that infrastructure, include overheads, and then charge the customer for the product.
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How can an energy consultant help me?
An energy consultant can help you decide which retailer can service your needs the best. They can compare your energy use, your location, and various retailers to pair your house or business with the ideal retailer and plan.
How are energy consultants paid?
Energy consultants, also known as energy brokers, get commission through finding an energy retailer for either residence or business. Energy brokers can get paid through either or both of these methods, either i) Taking a fee from the energy retailer for securing a customer, and/or ii) Adding an often undisclosed overhead to the client’s bill.
What are the pros and cons of using an energy consultant?
Energy consultants can save you the hassle of going through and comparing all of the energy providers and plans yourself. Though the obvious con is that they can identify the cheapest available plan before adding an unseen overhead on top.Back to top
What areas of ACT have access to electricity and gas providers?
Below is a map of which areas of the ACT are serviced by natural gas. (Image from ActewAGL)Back to top
What retailers provide energy to the ACT?
Though electricity and gas are both distributed by ActewAGL, there are more retailers out there to sell it onwards. Origin Energy, EnergyAustralia, and ActewAGL all sell both electricity and gas.
Origin is Australia’s largest retailer of energy. They serve over 4 million customers, including those in the ACT, and provide electricity and gas to both residents and businesses. For electricity, Origin Energy offer 100% GreenPower, but have an otherwise poor standard for renewables. They offer three electricity packages to customers in the ACT, the eSaver with free credit, the DailySaver with discounts for paying on time, and Origin Supply with no exit fees. For more information, click here. For gas supply, Origin similarly offers three packages: eSaver, DailySaver, and Origin Supply. Origin offers LPG gas delivery, too. They offer bundled packages for signing up for both electricity and gas with Origin. For more information on their gas plans, click here.
Formerly known as TRUenergy, EnergyAustralia is also a large energy retailer and distributor, the third largest retailer, in fact. EnergyAustralia only offer one electricity plan to citizens of the ACT: The Flexi Saver, a one year contract with no exit fees and a small discount for paying on time. For gas, EnergyAustralia provide two different options i) Flexi Saver, which offers a discount for paying on time, sign-up credit, and no exit fees, and ii) Rate Fix, a locked-in rate for 2 years, but with exit fees. Though they provide 100% GreenPower, they have few assets or investments in renewable energy source and have hampered progress towards renewables. For more information on EnergyAustralia’s electricity plans, click here, and gas plans, click here.
ActewAGL is owned part by the ACT government and part by AGL. It only operates in the ACT, where it is the dominant retailer. As well as providing electricity and gas to residence and business, ActewAGL also offers specialists to install and maintain electrical and gas equipment. For electricity, ActewAGL offer six different plans for the home:
- Home — Reduced supply fee.
- Home Saver — Regular supply fee but with initially discounted usage rate.
- Home Saver+ — High supply fee, initial discounts on moderate usage.
- Home Time-of-Use — Moderate supply fees, but customised on-peak, off-peak charges.
- Off-peak Night — A standard amount is charged for night-time use.
- Off-peak Day & Night — A standard amount is charged for all off-peak use.
For business electricity plans, ActewAGL offers the following:
- Business Plan — A standard amount is charged for electricity usage up to 330 kWh per day, and a higher rate is charged for all usage thereafter.
- Off-Peak Night Plan — A standard amount is charged for overnight usage.
- Off-Peak Day and Night Plan — A standard amount is charged for all off-peak usage.
- Business Incentive Plan — Energy is billed as used, with different rates applying to business times (7am - 5pm), evening times (5pm - 10pm) and business off-peak (all other times).
- Low Voltage Time-of-Use Plan — Energy is billed as used, with different rates applying to business times (7am - 5pm), evening times (5pm - 10pm) and business off-peak (all other times), with a slightly higher cost as this plan is designed for low users.
- High Voltage Time-of-Use Plan — Energy is billed as used, with different rates applying to business times (7am-5pm), evening times (5pm - 10pm) and business off-peak (all other times), with a lower cost, plan is designed for higher demand users.
For more information on ActewAGL’s energy plans, click here. And for gas, ActewAGL offer just a single plan for residents: the Home Plan, which has a $0.66 c/day supply fee for natural gas. For businesses, only one plan is available, the Business Plan, which has a $1.39/day supply fee.
Though the ACT is limited in its options for energy retailers — just a few with many plans — their 2020 renewable energy target may turn things around.