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ActewAGL vs EnergyAustralia: Electricity cost comparison

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While ActewAGL is undeniably a heavyweight in the nation’s capital, how does EnergyAustralia rank in terms of price and value? Canberrans know how to spot a good deal when they see one, which is why we’ve pitted these two electricity and gas providers against each other. We’ll find out whether ActewAGL comes up with the goods, or if contender EnergyAustralia has more to offer. Let’s get stuck in.

Which provider is cheaper in the ACT?

We’ve listed the current cheapest published deals on our database for ActewAGL and EnergyAustralia across the ACT, with any notable features detailed accordingly.

In Canberra, ActewAGL snags the crown for cheapest price. You can see how these two providers compare with other energy companies in the ACT area with our Canberra cost comparison report.

In the table below, we show ActewAGL and EnergyAustralia cheapest price on the Evoenergy network in Canberra. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the ICRC Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 6,100kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $2,432/year. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
ActewAGL Capital Plan 23% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,873
EnergyAustralia Flexi Plan 11% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $2,154
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*Price assumes general energy usage of 6,100kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditional discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Evoenergy network in Canberra, but prices differ between distribution areas. July 2024.

About ActewAGL

ActewAGL is a shared venture between energy retailer AGL and ACT Government-owned ACTEW Corporation, which has roughly 345,000 customers across Canberra and surrounding areas. There are normally multiple plans on offer from ActewAGL, most of which have varying discounts and conditions. Here are some quick facts about ActewAGL:

  • More than 100 years of experience retailing electricity and gas in the ACT
  • Provides other services like solar, heating, hot water systems and more
  • Dual fuel discounts available for combining electricity with gas


About EnergyAustralia

EnergyAustralia is one of the ‘big three’ retailers in Australia, but its presence is not as well known in the ACT. That being said, EnergyAustralia has plenty to offer, including a couple of plans to choose from which usually feature some perks like guaranteed discounts. Below are some key facts about EnergyAustralia:

  • Sells electricity and gas in most states across Australia
  • Provides a handy app for customers to check on billing and account information
  • Offers carbon neutral energy options

Should I choose ActewAGL or EnergyAustralia?

For residential customers living in Canberra, the good news is you can now choose from multiple different energy retailers, which is great for competition in the area. While it’s safe to say that ActewAGL still holds a major share of the market across the ACT and surrounding areas, it’s brands like EnergyAustralia that’ll keep big regional players like ActewAGL in check. Just be sure to compare all details of an electricity plan before signing up. That way you’ll get maximum value out of your provider.

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Kelseigh Wrigley
Energy Specialist
Kelseigh Wrigley was a content producer at Canstar Blue for three years until 2024, most recently as an Energy Specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology.

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