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ACT Energy Market

Unlike other parts of the energy market in Australia, Canberra has stricter regulations when it comes to the sale of residential electricity and natural gas. In the capital, electricity prices are regulated and while this means households usually don’t need to worry about paying exorbitant energy bills, this also means there are fewer energy retailers, leading to fewer choices for the consumer. However, in recent months, more providers have begun to enter the market, so if you’re interested in learning more about electricity in the ACT continue to read below.

Compare Cheapest Energy Plans in Canberra, ACT

When comparing and switching energy providers, finding the cheapest plan is often the first thing we look for. Below, you can find a selection of the cheapest electricity plans from energy providers in Canberra, on a single-rate tariff.

Selectra's Recommendation: Electricity Plans in Australian Capital Territory, 2024

Energy Provider + Plan

Estimated Price

Discount off Reference Price

Additional Information

Origin Go Variable$90 / month
$1,160 / year
-54%Benefits:
Solar Feed-In & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
80.27c/day
ActewAGL Simple Saver Plan$100 / month
$1,200 / year
-53%Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, Smart Meter Compatible & 12 Month Benefit Period
   
Daily Supply Charge:
77.55c/day
Red Energy Living Energy Saver$100 / month
$1,280 / year
-49%Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, Smart Meter Compatible & Additional Discounts and Rewards
   
Daily Supply Charge:
110.10c/day
Amber Energy Variable Wholesale Prices$120 / month
$1,460 / year
-42%Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
83.73c/day
Energy Locals Online Member$130 / month
$1,560 / year
38% OFFBenefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
59.00c/day
Nectr 100% Clean Energy$130 / month
$1,560 / year
-38%Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
98.54c/day
CovaU Freedom Residential$130 / month
$1,640 / year
-35%Benefits:
E-Billing, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
103.13c/day
ReAmped Energy Standard Plan$130 / month
$1,640 / year
-35%Benefits:
Solar Feed-In & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
108.00c/day
EnergyAustralia Basic Home$130 / month
$1,740 / year
-31%Benefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
101.86c/day

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Canberra (2600) with low usage of 4,344kWh/year. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Last Updated January 2024.

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Energy Providers in Canberra

With so few energy providers in the ACT, it might seem like there aren’t many differences between them. However, if you live in Canberra there are plenty of energy plans to choose from. Below you can find the energy providers available in the ACT, and some of the most popular plans they offer.

Energy Locals

Energy Locals is a membership-based energy provider, offering cheaper energy rates with a fixed monthly membership fee which Energy Locals usually waives the first four months of your contract. Choose either their Online Member electricity plan which requires direct debit and online-only customer support, or choose Local Member for phone-based customer service and flexible payment methods with no credit card fees.

Energy Locals Electricity Rates ACT
Plan NameOnline MemberLocal Member
Discount Off the Reference Price-38% off-36% off
Daily Supply Charge59.0c / day59.0c / day
Usage Rates26.50c / kWh26.50c / kWh
Solar Feed-In$7.1c / kWh exported$7.1c / kWh exported
Estimated Cost
(*discounts included)
$1,560 / year$1,620 / year

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Canberra (2600) with a low usage of 4,344kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Last Updated January 2024.

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ActewAGL

ActewAGL is the largest energy retailer in the ACT, coming together as a joint-venture between historic energy provider AGL and the ACT government, with over 90% of the market share. ActewAGL's main plan is their Simple Saver plan, with which you get the lowest usage rates when you sign up for automatic payments with EvenPay.

ActewAGL Electricity Rates Canberra
Plan Name Capital Electricity Plan Direct Saver Plan Simple Saver Plan Battery Saver Plan Home & Solar Saver Plans
Discount Off the Reference Price -34% off -28% off -27% off -22% off -15% off
Daily Supply Charge 100.10c / day 97.35c / day 103.40c / day 108.00c / day 108.00c / day
Usage Rates 21.17c / kWh 23.86c / kWh 24.20c / kWh 28.80c / kWh 28.80c / kWh
Estimated Annual Cost $1,660 / year $1,810 / year $1,850 / year $1,980 / year $2,150 / year

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Canberra (2600) with an average use of 6100kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid May 2024.

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Amber Electric

Amber Electric offers wholesale electricity, with real-time wholesale pricing to alert you when the cost of electricity is low or when it spikes so you can adjust your energy usage accordingly. Due to the fluctuations of wholesale electricity pricing throughout the day, below you will find the average discount customers in Canberra get when they switch to Amber Electric, as well as the average usage rates, fixed daily supply charge, and the maximum average price that would ever be passed onto the customers. This maximum average price also includes Amber Electric’s $15/month subscription fee.

Amber Electric Electricity Rates ACT
Plan Name Standing Offer Variable Wholesale Prices & Amber Plan + CBA Amber Plan
Discount Off the Reference Price -15% off -4% off +25% higher
Daily Supply Charge 83.73c / day 83.73c / day 83.73c / day
Usage Rates 26.51c / kWh 31.01c / kWh 43.14c / kWh

Estimated Cost
​​​​​​​(*discounts included)

$2,150 / year $2,430 / year $3,170 / year

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Canberra (2600) with an average use of 6100kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid May 2024.

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EnergyAustralia

EnergyAustralia has four energy plans available to residents of the ACT, their Flexi plan that is offered in most of their states, the Balance Plan, the Basic Home plan and the Solar Max plan. All plans come with interesting feed-in tariffs.

Energy Australia Electricity Rates ACT
Plan NameBasic Home, Flexi, Balance & Rate Fix Plan
Discount Off the Reference Price-31% off
Daily Supply Charge101.86c / day
Usage Rates31.47c / kWh
Estimated Annual Cost
(discounts included)
$1,740 / year

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Canberra (2600) with a low usage of 4,344kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Last Updated January 2024.

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Origin Energy

Origin Energy has many different electricity plans available, depending on whether you want the lowest available rates, highest solar feed-in-tariff, or just want to set and forget your plan without needing to worry about renewing it.

  • Origin Go: Get low, fixed rates for 12 months
  • Origin Solar Boost: Get the highest solar feed-in-tariff available through Origin Energy
  • Origin Basic: Set and forget your Origin Energy plan, and get Origin’s ongoing base rate without the need to renew

Origin Energy Electricity Rates ACT
Plan NameGo VariableOrigin Basic & StandingHome Support & Essentials Variable Plan
Discount Off the Reference Price-54% off-35% off-35% off
Daily Supply Charge80.27c / day114.68c / day114.68c / day
Usage Rates16.56 - 22.12c / kWh28.39c / kWh28.39c / kWh
Estimated Cost
(*discounts included)
$1,160 / year$1,650 / year$1,650 / year

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Canberra (2600) with a low usage of 4,344kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Last Updated Jauary 2024.

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ReAmped Energy

In the past, ReAmped Energy offered many different, flexible, electricity plans for residents in the ACT. Due to the ongoing energy crisis, ReAmped Energy only offers one plan, their ReAmped Anytime plan with low rates:​​​​​​​

ReAmped Energy Electricity Rates ACT
Plan Name ReAmped Anytime ReAmped Handshake, Classic, Advance & Solar
Discount Off the Reference Price -26% off +18% higher
Daily Supply Charge 52.80c / day 76.90c / day
Usage rates 27.58c / kWh 44.39c / kWh

Solar Feed-In

N / A 0.0c / kWh

Estimated Cost
(*discounts included)

$1,880 / year $2,990 / year

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Canberra (2600) with an average use of 6100kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid May 2024.

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Red Energy

Red Energy only offers one plan, but it's one of the cheapest in the ACT market.

RedEnergy Electricity Rates ACT
Plan Name Red BCNA Saver, Living Energy Saver, Qantas Saver & EV Saver Red Standing Offer
Discount Off the Reference Price -30% off -18% off
Daily Supply Charge 115.50c / day 103.13c / day
Usage Rates 22.00 to 24.20c / kWh 27.68c / kWh

Solar Feed-In

6c / kWh exported 6c / kWh exported

Estimated Cost
(*discounts included)

$1,760 / year $2,070 / year

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Canberra (2600) with an average use of 6100kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid May 2024.

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Nectr Energy

Nectr Energy offers two electricity plans, "The GreenPower Plan" and "The 100% Carbon Neutral Plan". 100% Carbon Neutral plan comes with 100% carbon neutral energy and with the GreenPower Plan energy, your energy is carbon offset and generating renewable energy.

Nectr Electricity Rates ACT
Plan Name GreenPower & Standing Offer 100% Clean
Discount Off the Reference Price -15% off -15% off
Daily Supply Charge 103.84c / day 103.84c / day
Usage Rates 29.04c / kWh 29.04c / kWh

Solar Feed-In

N / A 4.4c / kWh exported

Estimated Cost
(*discounts included)

$2,150 / year $2,150 / year

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Canberra (2600) with an average use of 6100kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid May 2024.

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CovaU Energy

CovaU is a 100% Australian-owned, Sydney-based energy retailer that offers two plans in ACT. The first one is the Freedom Residential Single plan and the second is the Residential Basics plan. Both plans have the option for Solar Fit, GreenPower and are smart meter compatible.

CovaU Electricity Rates ACT
Plan Name Freedom Residential Single Residential Basics
Discount Off the Reference Price -26% off +51% higher
Daily Supply Charge 103.13c / day 103.13c / day
Usage Rates 29.04c / kWh 56.54c / kWh

Solar Feed-In

5.5c / kWh exported 5.5c / kWh exported

Estimated Cost
(*discounts included)

$1,880 / year $3,830 / year

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Canberra (2600) with an average use of 6100kWh. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid May 2024.

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Gas Providers Canberra

Not all electricity providers in Canberra also offer gas, so if you’re looking to bundle both electricity and gas in the ACT your choices are limited. However, it is also possible to purchase your electricity from one provider and gas from another. Below you will find the cheapest gas plans in Canberra, for the providers available in the territory.

Selectra's Recommendation: Best Gas Plans in Australian Capital Territory, May 2024
Provider & Plan Name Daily Supply Charge Usage Rates Estimated Annual Cost
ActewAGL
Capital Gas Plan
62.70c / day 2.53 to 3.85c / day $960 / year
Energy Australia
Basic Home
82.98c / day 3.30 to 4.17c / Mj $1,100 / year
RedEnergy
Red BCNA Saver
96.80c / day 3.17c to 4.31 / Mj $1,170 / year
Origin Energy
Origin Basic
83.09c / day 3.79c to 4.89 c / day $1,230 / year
CovaU
Freedom Residential Gas
86.13 / day 4.84 to 5.91c / Mj $1,280 / year

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don’t compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on gas distributor for postcode 2600 in ACT with an average usage of 42,078MJ / year. Calculations are based on the reference price for each area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid May 2024.

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Average Electricity Bill Canberra

While all households consume different amounts of energy every year, and their energy bills differ based on this usage, their provider, and plan, knowing if you’re above or below average in your energy usage habits and bills can tell you whether you need to make some changes to your energy consumption. Here you will find the average energy usage and energy bill for Canberra, based on data from different sources. 

Average Energy Consumption Habits in Canberra
Average Annual Electricity Consumption*Average Annual Gas Consumption*Average Annual Electricity Bill^Average Quarterly Gas Bill†
6,407kWh34,927Mj$1,967 / year$295 / quarter

Sources: *AER Residential Energy Consumption Benchmarks December 2020. ^AEMC Annual Electricity Price Trend Report 2020. †Canstar Blue Average Gas Bill by State Feb 2021. Valid May 2024.

Solar Energy in the ACT

Renewable energy, as a whole, is having a moment in the ACT. In 2020, the ACT achieved its 100% renewable energy target and is continuing to ensure it stays there as its population grows. However, when it comes to solar energy, Canberra is still lagging behind. While nationally, 1 in 4 households are benefiting from solar PV systems, only 20.7% of homes in Canberra have invested in solar panels.

Cost of Solar Panels in Canberra

If you’re interested in investing in solar energy for your home in Canberra, you’re in luck. The average cost of solar panels in the state is lower than the national average, according to SolarChoice June 2021 solar price report, which takes into account solar rebates available through the Renewable Energy Target small-scale certificates, and includes GST.

Average Cost of Solar Panels in Canberra
 3kW5kW7kW10kW
Canberra, ACT$4,790$5,340$7,200$8,990
National$4,270$5,640$7,440$10,390

Valid May 2024.

Solar Feed-In-Tariff Canberra

If you’re interested in investing in solar panels, or you already have solar panels, you’ll need to consider the solar feed-in tariff of your energy plan in order to get the most out of your investment. A solar feed-in tariff is the rate your energy provider pays you for the solar energy you generate which is sent back to the grid.

Below you will find some of the solar feed-in tariffs available to households with solar power in Canberra. It’s always best to consider all parts of your energy plan when comparing and switching, as a higher solar feed-in tariff often means more expensive energy rates or other eligibility requirements you will need to meet in order to access them.

Solar FiT Canberra
ProviderMinimum FiT (c/kWh)Maximum FiT (c/kWh)
ActewAGL7cFirst 8kWh/day: 12c
After: 7c
Amber Electric*0cN/A
EnergyAustralia9.5c9.5c
Energy Locals9.5c9.5c
Origin Energy^7c20c
Powerclub0c7c
Radian Energy6c6c
ReAmped Energy0cFirst 5kWh/day: 13c
Red Energy9.4c9.4c
Social Energy9cFirst 300kWh/quarter: 40c
After: 9c
Must have solar + battery

*Amber Electric solar FiT is based on the wholesale market and will fluctuate during the day. The average solar FiT is around 6.7c/kWh. ^Must purchase solar PV system through Origin Energy to qualify for 20c/kWh solar FiT. Valid May 2024.

ACT Energy Distributors & Power Outage Information

If you’re experiencing a power outage in Canberra, or another energy supply issue, you’ll want to contact your energy distributor to let them know. While you purchase your electricity and gas from your energy provider, it’s the electricity and gas distributors who manage the actual infrastructure of the energy grid including any power outages, fallen lines, or the smell of gas.

In the ACT, most electricity and gas is supplied by Evoenergy, managed by ActewAGL, though some customers might find their energy is supplied by Essential Energy or another company in remote areas. If you have any doubts, you can find your energy distributor on your latest energy bill.

Evoenergy Emergency Numbers
Electricity EmergencyNatural Gas EmergencyElectricity Theft or Vandalism
(Investigations team)
13 10 9313 19 0913 23 86

 

Did you know?You can find help resolving your disputes with your energy supplier with the ACT Ombudman. See the full guide to filing a complaint with the ombudsman.

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