A list of business electricity providers

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Managing overhead expenses such as energy is critical to the success of any business – particularly small ones. Over the years, a number of retailers have recognised that the energy needs of businesses are different to those of households and have built their entire company model around specialising in business electricity.

So who are these business energy retailers? Canstar Blue takes a look at what options there are for business owners.

ERM Power

ERM is a tailored business electricity retailer, servicing both large and small businesses across South-East Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT.

In addition to its standard retail services, ERM Power works with businesses to provide energy solutions. This includes:

  • Lighting solutions
  • Energy management software
  • Power factor correction
  • Demand response
  • Solar PV
  • Network tariff optimisation
  • Smart technologies (Heat reflective roof coatings, HVAC smart remotes, non-essential load controllers)

Customers may have the option to pay off these energy solutions over time through bill inclusions.

ERM small business offers

ERM Power says it is simple and transparent, and as part of that, will just give a straight price and not a discounted offer. Small business customers may choose either a fixed or adjustable electricity plan.

Fixed Adjustable
The rate you are charged for electricity won’t change for the life of the contract

Provides certainty as to what you can expect to pay

No exit fees

Rates reviewed once per year

Rates generally slightly lower, but may go up or down each year

No exit fees

ERM big business offers

Companies that spend $30,000 or more are considered ‘big business customers’. ERM Power says it complements its competitive rates with ongoing service, expert advice, and a myriad of support and product services, including:

  • Personal account management
  • Electricity usage reports
  • Network tariff reviews
  • Market information
  • Timely billing
  • Energy solutions
  • GreenPower
  • STEP Online

For detailed cost information with regard to both small and large business services, call ERM Power for a quote.

BlueNRG

Blue NRG says its specialty is aggregate pricing for multi-suite, franchises, associations, corporations and body corporates. It currently services New South Wales, Victoria and parts of South Australia.

BlueNRG business customers on most networks, both small and large, have access to a slew of offers and electricity tariffs. In addition, BlueNRG says it provides customised energy solutions and technologies, as well as ‘free’ energy audits and onsite consultation.

Finally, BlueNRG says it has no lock-in contracts or exit fees for small customers, and it will never charge credit card surcharge fees.

QEnergy

QEnergy says that it understands ‘what makes businesses tick’, claiming it can help companies of all sizes save time and money with the lowest possible prices. It currently services every Australian state and territory aside from WA, ACT and TAS, making QEnergy one of the larger business retailers on this list.

QEnergy tailors its offers to individual businesses, however it still offers three core products – Freedom Biz, Business Saver and Biz Your Way.

QEnergy New South Wales offers

Freedom Biz No-obligation electricity cost analysis

12 month locked rate

Monthly payment bill smoothing

Account manager

Information & advice

Business Saver No-obligation electricity cost analysis

12 month locked rate

Quarterly billing

Account manager

Information & advice

Biz Your way No contract

Account manager

Information & advice

QEnergy Victoria offers

Freedom Biz No-obligation electricity cost analysis

12 month locked rate

Monthly payment bill smoothing

Account manager

Information & advice

Business Saver No-obligation electricity cost analysis

12 month locked rate

Quarterly billing

Account manager

Information & advice

Biz Your way No contract

Account manager

Information & advice

QEnergy Queensland offers

Biz-Your way No contract

Account manager

Information & advice

QEnergy South Australia offers

Business Saver No-obligation electricity cost analysis

12 month locked rate

Quarterly billing

Account manager

Information & advice

Biz Your way No contract

Account manager

Information & advice

Source: QEnergy website

QEnergy is primarily a business energy retailer however it does have some residential offers. It also has a number of generous bonuses for VIC and NSW customers signed up to its rewards program.

Commander Power and Gas

Commander Power and Gas is an energy and telecommunications retailer operating across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Despite its name however, it does not yet offer gas in any state.

Commander’s electricity offer includes a 20% discount on usage rates when you pay on time. Customers who also sign up their business phone with commander will receive a further 20% off their phone bill.

Keep in mind that large discounts don’t necessarily equate to greater savings. When comparing Commander Power and Gas to other retailers, be sure to check the rates it charges in its energy price fact sheet.

Next Business Energy

Next Business Energy markets itself as ‘a new era of business energy services’. It offers a ‘state-of the art’ billing service, as well as an online account management portal, ‘NextConnect’, which the company says is an industry first.  Next Business Energy currently retails in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.

NextConnect

The NextConnect online portal is an online self-management program which enables customers to monitor and pay their bills online. It also provides real time usage information, energy saving recommendations and future bill estimates.

Next SmartBilling

Next Business Energy SmartBilling consolidates electricity accounts across multiple sites and puts them all under the one bill – a handy feature for franchises and multi-site companies. Customers also have a pay-monthly bill smoothing option, giving customers a bit more certainty about what they can expect to pay on electricity.

Powerdirect

Powerdirect provides energy solutions and services for all kinds of businesses across Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and the ACT.

Powerdirect electricity plans offer generous discounts on usage rates ranging from 14% to 36% when you pay on time. There are some conditions and limitations on some networks as to who can benefit from these discounts, so customers should contact Powerdirect and check the energy price fact sheets to confirm what’s available.

Powerdirect business discounts

Location Network Discount
New South Wales (Sydney) Ausgrid 23%
Queensland (Brisbane) Energex 14%
Victoria (Melbourne) CitiPower 36%
South Australia SA Power 15%

Source: Powerdirect website

Who else offers business energy?

This article focused on retailers which specialise in business energy services. That said, nearly all electricity retailers include business services. Some retailers with notably extensive business offerings include:

  • AGL
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Synergy
  • Origin Energy
  • Ergon Energy
  • Momentum Energy
  • Simply Energy
  • Powershop
  • Lumo Energy

See how business customers rated some of these brands here.

Energy retailers for large companies

A company is generally considered a ‘large business’ if its annual electricity expenses are over around $35,000, though this varies across states. When it comes to large businesses, retailers don’t usually have set deals and instead prefer to negotiate individual contracts. There are some companies which deal exclusively in big business energy retail, such as:

  • Stanwell Corporation
  • Progressive Green Energy
  • Win Energy
  • Cogent Energy

Which business retailer has the best deal?

It’s virtually impossible to say that one business energy retailer is ‘better’ than another in all circumstances. After all, the electricity needs of a mechanic are clearly different to those of a florist.

What price you pay on electricity will depend on your location and tariff, as well as any deals you can negotiate with your retailer. Remember, business customers are very valuable to energy retailers and you might be able to talk down the price or organise additional discounts and services. The point is that business energy is very competitive, so be sure to compare and shop around for the best deal.

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