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Find the Right Energy Plan for You in the Northern Territory (NT)

Information verified correct on December 10th, 2016

The Northern Territory has a regulated energy policy limiting choice for providers to just one, which is priced by the government.

The Northern Territory has limited electricity provision. They are mostly isolated and standalone, government owned. Jacana Energy is the only retailer in NT, and are owned by the government.

What is an electricity and gas provider/retailer?

Groups that sell energy, either gas or electricity, are referred to as energy retailers. They purchase this energy from producers. After purchasing, they deliver it to their clients via pipelines and the electricity grid. Retailers then charge the customer based on how much it costs to purchase the energy, transport it, and upkeep the related infrastructure.


How can an energy consultant help me find the right energy plan in the NT?

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. They can only help, however, for residents in states and territories that have unregulated energy schemes, unlike the Northern Territory.

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.

What areas of NT have access to electricity and gas providers?

Below is a map of which areas of the NT are serviced by natural gas. (Image from The Australian Pipeliner.)
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Below is a map of the electricity distribution around the NT. (Image from PowerWater).
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What retailers provide energy to the Northern Territory?

Electricity

Power and Water Corporation distribute electricity to all of the Northern Territory. They generate electricity, however, almost completely through unsustainable practices. Concessions of up to 50% off electricity bills are offered to valid card holders.

Retail electricity including tariffs and fees are set by the Territory government and retailed through the provider, Jacana Energy.

For residential premises, Jacana Energy has a fixed daily rate of 0.53 c/day plus a variable rate of 0.27 c/kWh.

For commercial premises, there’s a fixed rate of 0.83 c/day and a variable rate of 0.31 c/kWh.

Gas

Gas is distributed by Australian Gas Networks (previously known as Envestra), and Power and Water Corporation, too. The gas is delivered to homes and businesses.

Jacana Energy is the only electricity provider in the Northern Territory, and gas provision is limited, too.

Shirley Liu

Shirley is finder.com.au's publisher for banking and investments. She is currently studying a Masters in Commerce (Finance) and is the author of hundreds of articles. She is passionate about helping Aussies make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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