Residents of Western Australia can't choose their electricity providers, but they can switch gas suppliers.
The energy market in Western Australia, unlike most Australian states, has not been fully deregulated. Two companies sell most of Western Australia's domestic electricity: Synergy and Horizon Power. The two providers sell energy at the same government-regulated price and service different areas of the state.
For gas, Western Australians now have three choices of provider: Alinta Energy, Kleenheat and AGL, who recently started operating in WA.
Who provides electricity in Western Australia?
The Western Australian electricity market is divided into the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) and other areas. The company from which a home receives its energy is determined by the home's location.
- Synergy. The energy provider for customers within the SWIS, Synergy is Western Australia’s largest provider of gas and electricity. The company provides energy to more than one million residential, business and industrial customers in the state. It also generates its own power from a range of sources, including renewables and plays an active role in the Western Australian community.
- Horizon Power. Owned by the Western Australian state government, Horizon Power provides energy to residential customers outside the SWIS. Horizon Power is active in creating a more environmentally-friendly energy network and is working to generate more power from renewables and create a more efficient state.
Who provides gas in Western Australia?
Consumers in Western Australia have had a choice of gas provider since 2013. The two providers, Kleenheat and Alinta, cannot charge above government regulated caps, but do charge competitively below that cap, so it's worth comparing the two.
Alinta and Kleenheat both service the same areas of the state, namely the Kalgoorlie-Boulder area, Albany, Mid-West and South-West.
Western Australia gas plans and providers
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|Kleenheat||Monthly smart saver plan|
Standard form contract
AGL gas plans in WA
AGL is a new player in the West Australian gas market. They offer three plans:
AGL Set and Forget™
AGL Fixed Rate
Will electricity prices in WA increase this year?
Electricity prices in Western Australia are set by the government and are likely to rise in 2017/18. This is due to rising wholesale electricity costs. Despite these increases, the actual cost of supplying electricity in Western Australia is still higher than the prices consumers pay. This difference is offset by government subsidies.