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The Northern Territory energy market is dominated by state-owned distributors and providers, despite being an open market.
See how the market operates and your provider choices below.
Essential facts about NT energy plans
- The state is open to full retail competition, since 2010
- You may be eligible for rebates or concessions on your energy bill
- There is only one provider for both gas and electricity
- The Northern Territory is committed to 50% renewable energy by 2030
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How does the energy market work in the Northern Territory?
Despite the NT energy market being open to full retail competition since 2010, the choice of gas and electricity providers is still very limited.
The state government-owned Power and Water Corporation was split into three separate corporations, which generate and distribute the state's energy.
The Power and Water Corporation distributes electricity to all of the Northern Territory. However, it generates electricity almost completely through unsustainable practices. Concessions of up to 50% off electricity bills are offered to valid cardholders.
Retail electricity, including tariffs and fees, are set by the NT government and retailed through the provider, Jacana Energy. For residential premises, Jacana Energy has fixed tariffs for daily energy use.
Gas is distributed by Australian Gas Networks (previously known as Envestra) and the Power and Water Corporation. The gas is delivered to homes and businesses.
Jacana Energy is the only electricity provider in the Northern Territory and gas provision is limited.
Groups that sell energy, either gas or electricity, are referred to as energy retailers. They purchase energy from distributors. After purchasing the energy, they deliver it to residential and commercial customers via pipelines and the electricity grid. Retailers then charge the customer based on how much it costs to purchase the energy, transport it and maintain the related infrastructure.
Will electricity prices rise in the Northern Territory this year?
The NT government sets electricity prices, which are currently priced below the actual cost of generating and supplying the electricity. Prices will almost certainly rise over the next few years.