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Compare NT electricity and gas plans

Learn how the Northern Territory energy market works and what energy concessions you might be eligible for to save on your power bill.

What you need to know

  • There is not a lot of competition in the NT energy market, as prices are regulated by the state.
  • Several tariff types exist in the NT including a prepayment tariff depending on where you live.
  • All energy distribution in the NT is handled by the Power and Water Corporation.

Compare electricity plans in Darwin and the NT

The annual estimated electricity prices are based on a residential customer on the network who consumes 20000kWh yearly on a single rate tariff. Your actual bill may vary depending on your consumption.
Name Product Details Electricity prices (annual estimate) Discounts Solar feed-in tariff Apply
Rimfire Standard plan
Rimfire Standard plan

12.1 cents per kWh
Jacana Everyday Home plan
Jacana Everyday Home plan

27.37 cents per kWh

Because of the smaller market you have very few choices between electricity providers in the Northern Territory.

The market is dominated by state-owned provider Jacana Energy and only Territorians living in major centres like Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs have a choice of retailer at all.

The most common plan types are:

  • Single rate plan. Pay the fixed daily charge and then one standard rate for your electricity usage.
  • Time of use plan. Pay the fixed daily charge then one rate for your electricity usage during the day (6am to 6pm, peak) and another for your usage during the night (6pm to 6am, off-peak). The off-peak rate is cheaper.
  • Prepayment plan. If you have a prepaid meter you'll be on this kind of plan. Also called 'pay-as-you-use' you pay upfront for as little or as much as electricity as you want.
  • Multipurpose plan. This plan is for people who also run a business from home. The rates are "stepped" based on your usage. E.g. the first 45 kWh of the day is one rate and anything over is another, higher rate.
  • Good to know. If you live in a remote community, Jabiru, Alyangula or Nhulunbuy, your retailer is Power and Water itself.

Compare gas retailers in Darwin and the NT

In the Northern Territory, residential properties aren't usually connected to a main gas supply.

In most instances, you'd only use gas for cooking in which case you'd need to purchase LPG bottled gas from suppliers such as Elgas, Kleenheat, Origin LPG or Supagas.

Greenest energy providers in NT

According to Greenpeace's Green Electricity Guide by Greenpeace, the 2 greenest electricity providers in the Northern Territory are:

Both providers are committed to ending coal use by 2030 and halting fossil fuel expansion.

  • Keep in mind: Compared to the greenest electricity providers in other parts of the country, both Jacana Energy and Rimfire Energy still have a long way to go.

Will getting solar in the NT reduce my energy bills?

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the Northern Territory experiences average annual daily sunshine hours between 9-10 hours, making it one of the sunniest parts of the country.

This means getting a solar PV system should reduce your energy bill as long as you can handle the upfront costs.

When thinking about getting solar, consider:

There are conditions for solar buyback rates. For Jacana Energy solar customers all solar units must be under 30kVa and you must consume less or equal to 750MWh/year.

Can I get solar rebates in the Northern Territory?

The Northern Territory government currently offers the Home and Business Battery Scheme.

Eligible homeowners can get a grant to assist with the purchase and installation of home batteries and inverters.

The grant is $450 per kWh of usable battery system capacity (maximum grant of $6,000).

  • Keep in mind: Jacana Energy customers who still receive the legacy premium 1 for 1 feed-in tariff (which was a higher rate of 26.65 c/kWh) will be transferred to a standard feed-in-tariff (9.13 c/kWh) if they receive this grant.

What is the Northern Territory Concession Scheme?

Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for a rebate to help with your energy bills.

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Northern Territory Concession Scheme

This program helps Territorians under the age of 65 with living expenses. One of the eligible expenses is electricity bills.
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Prepaid electricity meter concession
Assistance payments for those who pre-pay for their electricity.
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Caravan park concession

Assistance payments for those those who live in caravan parks.
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Alternative energy concession
Assistance payments for those who don't pay for their energy directly.
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Northern Territory Seniors Recognition Scheme

A program to support seniors in the Northern Territory with paying for living expenses.

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