Simon Downes

Simon Downes Simon Downes is Canstar Blue's Editor-in-Chief and consumer affairs journalist, specialising in the energy and telco industries, while also covering all things retail and FMCG. With a decade of newsroom experience under his belt, he’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed decisions, especially when it comes to household bills. Simon was one of the first journalists to raise awareness of the unscrupulous tactics of some energy retailers which eventually resulted in major industry reforms and the introduction of new default pricing, and continues to highlight the potential pitfalls consumers face in a still confusing market.

Powershop promising “very generous savings” with limited-edition packs

Posted by November 28th 2019

Powershop is promising customers “very generous savings” in September as it continues its mission of informing Aussies about its renewable energy credentials. The electricity and gas retailer will be releasing five special promotion powerpacks during the …

Fixed and Variable energy rates compared

Is it time to fix your electricity rates?

Posted by January 30th 2020

Fixed rate energy plans protect you from rising power prices, but are they really a good deal? Canstar Blue compares fixed & variable rate energy deals.

0% energy discounts explained

Energy plans with no discounts – a good deal?

Posted by July 23rd 2019

When it comes to electricity plans, bigger is not always better. While energy retailers have been using big discounts to attract new customers for years, it seems the tide is slowly turning, with most now …