Electricity and gas plans in NSW

Find out your energy provider options in New South Wales and compare now.

The energy market in NSW is a free market, meaning your choice of provider may have a large impact on the size of your energy bill.

Find out how to compare energy providers and if you can save by switching plans below.

Essential facts about NSW energy plans

  • You have a choice of more than 20 electricity providers and more than 10 gas providers
  • You may be eligible for rebates or concessions on your energy bill
  • Switching to a different plan may help save you money
  • There may be additional costs to be aware of when switching
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Compare energy retailers in NSW

Name Product Green features Pros Cons Details More details
GreenPower
Solar
Monthly billing

Details

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

Features

No-lock-in contracts
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
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GreenPower
Solar
Monthly billing

Details

  • Electricity and gas plans
  • Download the mobile app to track your account
  • 100% offset of carbon emissions
  • *Gas only available for VIC

Features

No-lock-in contracts
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
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GreenPower
Solar
Monthly billing
Sumo Perks
Credit card fees

Details

  • Electricity, broadband and gas plans
  • Pay-on-time discounts
  • Monthly billing
  • *Gas plans VIC only

Features

No-lock-in contracts
No exit fees
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
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More info
GreenPower
Solar
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Details

  • Electricity and gas plans
  • Pay-on-time discounts
  • Variable/fixed rate available

Features

No-lock-in contracts
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
Go to site
More info
AGL
GreenPower
Solar
Monthly billing
Flybuys + AGL Rewards
Credit card fees

Details

  • Electricity and gas plans
  • Pay on time discounts available
  • Flexible payment and billing options
  • Variable/fixed rate available

Features

12-24 month contracts
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
Enquire now
More info
GreenPower
Solar
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

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
GreenPower
Solar
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Details

  • Electricity plans
  • Discounts for long term contracts
  • Variable / fixed rates available

Features

12-24 month contracts
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
Enquire now
More info
GreenPower
Solar
Monthly billing

Details

  • Electricity plans
  • Monthly billing
  • Pay on time discounts
  • Available in NSW, VIC, and SA

Features

No-lock-in contracts
No exit fees
GreenPower: Not available
Solar: Available
Enquire now
More info
GreenPower
Solar
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Details

  • Electricity and gas plans
  • Pay-on-time discounts
  • Variable/fixed rate available
  • *Gas only in VIC & NSW

Features

No-lock-in contracts
GreenPower: Available
Solar: Available
Enquire now
More info
GreenPower
Solar
Monthly billing
Alinta Energy Rewards

Details

  • Electricity and gas plans
  • Pay-on-time discounts
  • Quarterly billing for electricity
  • *Gas only in WA, Electricity only in QLD

Features

No-lock-in contracts
No exit fees
GreenPower: Not available
Solar: Available
More info
GreenPower
Solar
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

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
Solar
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Details

  • Electricity plans in NSW, VIC, QLD and SA
  • Gas plans in NSW, VIC
  • Monthly payments

Features

No-lock-in contracts
GreenPower: Not available
Solar: Available
More info

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How does the energy market work in NSW?

The NSW energy market is currently deregulated, with electricity deregulated in 2014 and the gas market deregulated in 2017. This has led to a wide range of competitors in both markets, but not necessarily lower prices.

Electricity

Distributors

In New South Wales, there are three electricity distributors that maintain the electricity grids in different parts of the state.

  • Endeavour Energy. Southern and western metropolitan Sydney and surrounding area, including the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains
  • Essential Energy. Regional and country NSW
  • Ausgrid. Inner Sydney, as well as northern and eastern metropolitan Sydney and surrounding area
Retailers

There are then more than 20 retail providers that sell the electricity from these grids on to customers.

  • 1st Energy
  • ActewAGL
  • AGL
  • Alinta
  • amaysim/Click
  • Blue NRG
  • CovaU
  • Diamond Energy
  • Energy Locals
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Enova Energy
  • Locality Planning Energy
  • Lumo
  • M2 (Dodo)
  • Mojo Power
  • Momentum Energy
  • Next Business Energy
  • OC Energy
  • Origin
  • People Energy
  • Pooled Energy
  • Powerdirect
  • Powershop
  • QEnergy
  • Real Utilities
  • Red Energy
  • Sanctuary Energy
  • Savant Energy Power Networks
  • Simply Energy
  • WINenergy

Gas

Distributors

There are also three gas distributors operating in NSW.

  • Central Ranges System. Tamworth
  • Jemena Gas Networks. Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Central Coast and parts of country NSW
  • Wagga Wagga Gas Network (Australian Gas Networks). Wagga Wagga and Albury
Retailers

Gas is then sold on to consumers by more than 10 retail suppliers.

  • ActewAGL
  • AGL
  • Alinta
  • amaysim/Click
  • CovaU
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Lumo
  • M2 (Dodo)
  • Origin
  • Red Energy
  • Simply Energy

What to look for when comparing energy plans

Like any other market, energy retailers are competing for your money, so it makes sense to shop around. While there is no single best energy plan for everyone, you should keep the following in mind when comparing electricity and gas providers:

  • Usage options. Some providers offer more than one energy product and may let you buy your energy in different ways with different prices. For example, Powershop offers NSW consumers the option of buying energy in advance instalments, with various discounts. Many providers offer a number of different plans, so look for the one that works best for you.
  • Flexible payment. Check to see what provisions there are for paying your bills. It might be possible to pay in advance or in flexible instalments. For some customers, flexibility can mean the difference between paying on time or paying late and incurring a fee. You should compare what the fees are for late payment as well.
  • Discounts. Energy providers want your money and frequently offer discounts for new customers. This alone can make switching worthwhile; but it's a good idea to look for a plan that extends discounts to customers beyond the early stages of a contract. You may be able to negotiate a better deal if you've been with the same provider for a long time and some plans may even include discounts for paying bills on time.
  • Bundling. If a provider allows you to bundle your gas and electricity, they may offer a discount for doing so.
  • Monitoring. Could an energy app help you save money? Some providers let you track your energy usage through their smartphone app. This could help you understand your usage patterns, and you'll be better informed when you make future energy purchases.
  • Rebates. Energy customers in NSW are entitled to rebates if they hold a valid concession card.

How can I switch providers?

The supply of energy in NSW is a free market, which means suppliers are able to set their own prices. While your electricity and gas may come from the same distribution network, your choice of retail provider can make a noticeable difference to the size of your energy bill.

If you've compared electricity and gas plans in the table above and believe you can get a better deal, it may be worth switching providers. It is relatively easy to switch providers and is simply a matter of applying with the new provider and cancelling your existing plan. Your new provider should generally be able to supply your energy by the next day.

How to switch energy providers

What to consider before switching energy plans

While it's fairly straightforward to switch energy providers, there are a number of things to keep in mind to ensure switching is the right choice for you.

  • Early termination fees. Some energy providers charge a fee if you terminate a contract early. You should factor this in to your costs when comparing retailers and deciding if switching will help save you money. Early termination fees typically range from $40 to $100 and are specified in your contract.
  • Tariffs. These are made up of two charges: a supply charge, which is effectively a fixed service fee, and a rates charge, which is based on your energy consumption. Tariffs will vary between plans and providers, and they may be either fixed or variable.
  • Cooling-off periods. Check if a provider's energy plan comes with a cooling-off period. By law, many plans must have a 10-day cooling-off period that allows you to cancel a plan free of charge.
  • Contract terms. Pay close attention to the contract terms. Some providers will automatically roll over your contract when it expires, which can be convenient, but may come with additional costs if you then break the contract.
Know your energy needs

The best way to make sure an energy deal is right for you is to understand exactly what you need.

Some plans offer free energy at certain times of day, which can be useful if you use energy mainly at these times. If you have a busy household and use energy consistently throughout the day, you might prefer a plan that charges a flat, all-day rate.

If you work irregular hours, a plan with peak and off-peak pricing might be a great way to cut down on your power bills.

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    AdelesaJune 26, 2017

    Is the price for gas and electricity are the same for every provider in NSW. Or each provider set their own price for gas 7 electricity

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      LiezlJune 26, 2017

      Hi Adelesa,

      Thanks for your question.

      Gas and electricity prices in NSW vary between energy providers. They also offer deals such as discounts to stay competitive in the market.

      If you want to receive a quote from providers you may click the “Enquire Now” button and fill in your details on the form. The consultant will work with you to compare a range of energy suppliers in your area.

      Cheers,
      Liezl

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    StephanMay 21, 2017

    Who can supply LPG in a large bottle to our property in Pokolbin. We want to drive our Rinnai 25 LPG heater. We do not have access to natural Gas network.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      LouMay 22, 2017Staff

      Hi Stephan,

      Thanks for your question.

      You may want to try Origin Energy as they offer LPG gas delivery.

      Alternatively, you may also directly contact and inquire from any of the energy providers we have listed above if they deliver LPG in your area.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    rollyApril 27, 2016

    when does the 60cent solar rebate finish?

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      ShirleyApril 28, 2016Staff

      Hi Rolly,

      Thanks for your question.

      The NSW solar bonus is due to end on 31st Dec 2016.

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      freshOctober 27, 2016

      With the solar rebate ending what type of options available are there for those coming off the current rebate?

      Is Finder organising a special deal for those large numbers with solar power currently receiving the rebate?

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      ShirleyNovember 10, 2016Staff

      Hi Fresh Mullet,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately the government has not announced any further rebates. finder.com.au is always working hard to get exclusive deals for our users.

      If you would like to discuss your options, you may want to speak to an energy consultant.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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