Electricity and gas providers in Queensland

Compare a list of energy options in South East and regional Queensland.

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Quick facts about Queensland energy

  • Queensland's energy market is deregulated for customers in South East Queensland.
  • If you live in South East Queensland, you can choose from a wide range of electricity retailers.
  • If you live in regional Queensland, you don't have a choice in retailers as Ergon Energy is the only option outside of South East Queensland.
  • There are only a few gas providers operating in the state.
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AGL
AGL
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

Billing

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Energy Australia
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
SA
ACT
Monthly billing
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

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ReAmped Energy
NSW
QLD
Monthly billing
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N/A

Green options

Solar

Billing

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Powershop
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
VIC
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

Billing

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Click Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

Solar

Billing

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Energy Locals
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

Billing

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Origin
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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Solar

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1st Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
TAS
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Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Power Direct
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
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Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Alinta
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

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Dodo
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
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GreenPower
Solar

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Momentum Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
VIC
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GreenPower
Solar

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What are the 20 cheapest electricity plans in QLD?

Although the cheapest plans may vary based on the type of tariff, your location, your household and your usage, you can get a general idea of who is the cheapest using this table.

Note: For residents outside of South East Queensland, residents don't get to choose their provider as energy is regulated by the Queensland Competition Authority.

The following price estimates are a general guide only. Estimated prices are based on a residential customer in Queensland who consumes 4,600 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the Energex network and only one plan per brand is shown. Estimated prices include conditional discounts (if any). Any plans with special eligibility requirements are excluded. Prices last checked on December 2019 and are subject to change. Always check the provider's site before applying.

Brand Plan name Difference from reference price Conditional discount? Estimated price (per 91 days) Estimated price (Annual)
Powerclub Powerbank Home Flat 17% less N/A $326.70 $1,306.80
ReAmped Energy ReAmped Handshake | Anytime 18% less N/A $322.22 $1,288.88
Click Energy Click Hibiscus 17% less Further 7% off the reference price if you always pay on time and 3% off the reference price when you pay by Direct Debit. $325.44 $1,301.76
Origin Energy Origin Max Saver 15% less N/A $333.37 $1,333.48
Kogan Energy Kogan Energy Market Offer 15% less N/A $334.43 $1,337.72
Alinta Energy No Fuss - Single Rate 15% less N/A $334.73 $1,338.92
QEnergy QE Home Saver Lite (Variable 8400) 15% less $335.08 $1,340.32 (New customers only)
Future X Power Flexi Saver - Single Rate Equal to reference price (without conditional discounts) Further 14% off the reference price if you always pay on time. $336.55 $1,346.20
Elysian Energy PElysian Market Residential Simple Plan (QEX) 11% less (without conditional discounts) Further 3% off the reference price if you always pay on time. $337.93 $1,351.72
Powerdirect Powerdirect Residential Discount Saver 11% less N/A $348.23 $1,392.92
Diamond Energy Everyday Renewable Saver 3% less (without conditional discounts) Further 7% off the reference price if you always pay on time and 3% off the reference price when you pay by Direct Debit. $342.34 $1,369.36
Energy Locals Local Saver - Anytime 1% less N/A $390.40 $1,561.60
AGL Residential Essentials Saver 10% less N/A $352.12 $1,408.48
Discover Energy Energex Residential Single Rate Ultimate Offer 12% less N/A $346.97 $1,387.88
EnergyAustralia Total Plan Home 11% less N/A $349.05 $1,396.20
Powershop PowershopLITE 11% less N/A $350.63 $1,402.52
Red Energy Living Energy Saver 10% less N/A $352.15 $1,408.60
Dodo Power & Gas Residential Market 8% less N/A $362.89 $1,451.56
1st Energy Catch Saver - Single Rate 6% less N/A $369.85 $1,479.40
Mojo Power SE Legacy Standing Offer Equal to reference price N/A $392.00 $1,568.00

Make sure you check the Basic Plan Information for the plans above.

Is electricity expensive in QLD?

...on average, a household could be charged around $1,288 annually.

When it comes to the average rate you are charged for using electricity, QLD has the cheapest average rate at $0.28 per kilowatt hour (kWh).

What does this mean?

Standard household usage in QLD is around 4,600 kWh over a year. This means a household could be charged is around $1,288 annually [$0.28 x 4600] on average.

Note: This example is a general guide and doesn't include fixed daily supply charges and other fees. Household usage has been taken from AER's Default Market Offer Prices Report and is based on the Energex network.

How do I get the best electricity deal in QLD? 3 steps to follow

1. Understand these terms before you compare

2. Review your personal needs

If you live in South-East Queensland, you have the option of choosing your contract and provider. Plans can vary considerably in how they charge you based on when and how you use your power, and retailers have their own sets of conditional rewards and discounts. Consider:

  • The time of day you use electricity and gas the most
  • Whether you would rather pay your bills manually throughout the month, or get a discount for using a direct debit payment system
  • Whether you're okay with fixed energy prices or can adjust your usage throughout the day to periods where other people aren't using it
  • Whether you'll be able to pay on time, every time

Armed with this knowledge, you're set to compare plans.

3. Compare plan features

If you're ready to compare plan features, here's what to look for:

Feature Details
Tariff type Your plan can come with one of three types of tariff: single rate, time of use, or block rate.
  • With single rate, you pay the same amount per kWh of electricity, no matter what.
  • Under time of use, you pay more for electricity used during peak hours and less for off-peak use.
  • With a block rate, you pay more per unit of power when you exceed certain thresholds β€” the first 1,000 kWh might cost less than the next 1,000 kWh, for example.
Supply charge The daily cost of simply having your utilities hooked up and working. This is around $1 - $1.50 for Queenslanders.
Usage charge How much you pay per kWh unit of electricity. What these are depends upon your provider and the type of tariff your energy plan has.
Discounts These can be conditional or unconditional. Some providers will give you a flat discount that applies for a certain period of time after you sign up. Other discounts may apply if you pay every bill on time or pay using a direct debit, and most providers will give you a discount if you get your electricity and gas together through them on a bundled plan.
Termination fees When you have a contract that lasts a set period like 24 months, you'll often be charged a fee for backing out early. You can avoid termination fees by signing up for a no lock-in contract that lets you switch providers without hassle.
Payment options Some providers will give you more flexibility on your payment than the standard monthly bill. You can find plans where you purchase electricity ahead of time, or pay over different intervals, like once every three months.
Digital energy tools Some providers in Queensland will give you access to a combination of hardware and software like apps that allow you to monitor your electricity usage more closely and therefore better manage your consumption. The more you know about your energy consumption, the better you can make decisions about it.

How to compare electricity

Which energy brands operate in QLD?

Ergon Energy is the only retailer in country and regional Queensland. However, residents in South East Queensland can choose from the following providers:

Provider ⚑ Electricity ♨️ Gas β˜€οΈ Solar
1st Energy βœ… ❌ βœ…
AGL βœ… βœ… βœ…
Alinta βœ… ❌ βœ…
amaysim βœ… ❌ βœ…
Click Energy βœ… ❌ βœ…
DC Power Co βœ… ❌ βœ…
Diamond Energy βœ… ❌ βœ…
Discover Energy βœ… ❌ βœ…
Dodo βœ… ❌ βœ…
Energy Locals βœ… ❌ βœ…
EnergyAustralia βœ… ❌ βœ…
LPE βœ… ❌ βœ…
Mojo Power βœ… ❌ βœ…
Momentum Energy βœ… ❌ βœ…
Origin Energy βœ… βœ… βœ…
Powerclub βœ… ❌ βœ…
Powerdirect βœ… ❌ βœ…
Powershop βœ… ❌ βœ…
Qenergy βœ… ❌ ❌
ReAmped βœ… ❌ βœ…
Red Energy βœ… βœ… βœ…
Simply Energy βœ… ❌ βœ…

Business owners can also sign up for electricity with Next Business Energy.

How does the QLD energy market work?

The Queensland energy market is quite unusual compared to other states in Australia. It's effectively split in two: the deregulated south-east, and the rest of the state.

Two distributors maintain the electricity grids in different parts of the state:

DistributorDetails
Ergon Energyprovides and distributes regulated energy plans to the entirety of Queensland outside of the south-east
Energexresponsible for providing power to the south-east of Queensland, where many providers compete for a share of the market

There are also two main gas distributors:

DistributorDetails
Central Ranges SystemTamworth
Australian Gas Networkssupplies the central Brisbane CBD, as well as a number of surrounding areas
Allgas Energysupplies the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, and Oakey

Energy rebates and concessions in QLD

The following rebates and concessions are available in Queensland:

  • Queensland electricity and gas rebates
  • Electricity Life Support
  • Medical Cooling and Heating Concession Scheme
  • Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme
  • Concessions for owners of multi-unit buildings or residential communities
  • Drought Relief From Electricity Scheme (DRECS)
  • Energy Supplement

Check if you're eligible for any concessions or rebates in Queensland and learn how to apply

Tariff types in QLD

The tariff type specified on your energy plan affects usage charges, or how much you pay per kWh of energy you consume. Here are the different tariff types you might run across when picking an energy plan:

  • Single rate. No matter how much electricity you use or when you use it, you will always be charged the same amount per kWh. This is useful if you tend to use power a lot in the evenings during weekdays.
  • Time of use tariff. A time of use tariff will split the week up into three different periods: peak, off-peak, and shoulder. Rates are highest for peak power use and lower for off-peak use. As a general guide, peak times are 4pm - 8pm on weekdays, off-peak is 10pm - 7am, and shoulders are any other time. In order to qualify for time of use, you must have a multi-read meter than can track time-specific usage.
  • Block rate. Block rate tariffs will raise the price per kWh depending on how much energy you use. Typically, usage rates will jump from your base rate after you've used your first, say, 1,000 kWh, and potentially drop again after you've exceeded a second threshold. Block rates can be evaluated daily or quarterly.
  • Controlled load. This is a special type of tariff that usually only applies to a specific device in your house that you've attached a special meter to. With this, you can have a particularly high-usage device like your hot water heater charged at a lower rate than your general consumption.

How to switch providers in QLD

If you live in South East Queensland, switching energy providers is simple. After you chose a new provider, you can typically apply to switch online or over the phone. The application process varies depending on the provider.

Step by step guide on how to switch energy providers

Frequently asked questions about QLD energy

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    VeronicaFebruary 20, 2018

    I am moving to Dalby Qld in July. Will be a brand new account for electricity. Any advice on electricity provider’s here.
    I will opt for off peak hot water.
    Any advice on where to start before will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. Cheers V.

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      MayMarch 12, 2018Staff

      Hi Veronica,

      Thanks for your question.

      There are some options for you on this page for electricity providers available in Queensland. On that page, just click on “Queensland” tab to view the list of providers and then “Enquire now” if you want to get a call from a broker or “Go to site” button if you like to check the provider’s page. Best to get in touch with them directly so you can discuss your options.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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    willieDecember 15, 2016

    Please ,can you tell me the best (cheapest) retailer in the Brisbane area for average use in a domestic situation.Thank You.

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      DeeDecember 15, 2016Staff

      Hi Willie,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, we are unable to tell whose the best or cheapest retailer in your area because pricing depends on many factors including energy feature and consumption. An energy broker may be able to assist you in choosing the right provider for your needs. They can compare your energy use, your location, and various retailers to pair your house with the ideal retailer and plan.

      You can reach out to an energy broker through this page.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    RadJuly 18, 2016

    Hello with my current power plan I receive 10% off usage fee discount and our recent bill was about $ 200 quarterly

    and Gas we receive 7% off usage discount at the moment and we pay about $140 quarterly

    Do you have any better deal?

    Thanks
    Rad

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      ClarizzaJuly 20, 2016Staff

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      Thanks for contacting us.

      Just to confirm we are finder.com.au – a comparison site and provide general advice only. If you would like to find out more, you can fill out the form on this page and a representative will be in contact.

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