AGL vs Alinta Energy: Electricity Cost Comparison

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AGL is one of Australia’s oldest and largest electricity and natural gas retailers. Along with Origin Energy and EnergyAustralia, AGL is one of the ‘big three’ power companies across the country, with a combined market share of nearly 75%. But the dominance of these energy giants has waned in recent years as more Australians now understand their options and realise the value of comparing deals. One retailer making waves – and challenging the dominance of the big three – is Alinta Energy.

Although AGL and Alinta Energy both offer similar products across each of the states they operate in, their rates, conditions and discounts may vary markedly. For this reason, our comparison will compare AGL and Alinta Energy in each state separately. This will include Victoria, NSW, SA and QLD.

AGL vs Alinta Energy – Cheapest Deals

Here are the current cheapest published deals on our database for AGL and Alinta Energy across Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, with any conditional discounts factored in.

Victoria – quick comparison

Here are the AGL and Alinta Energy plans on our database for Victoria. This table includes products from referral partners†. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

NSW – quick comparison

Here are the AGL and Alinta Energy plans on our database for NSW. This table includes products from referral partners†. These costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

South Australia – quick comparison

Here are the AGL and Alinta Energy plans on our database for South Australia. This table includes products from referral partners†. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Queensland – quick comparison

Here are the AGL and Alinta Energy plans on our database for SE QLD. This table includes products from referral partners†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

What plans do AGL and Alinta Energy offer?

Alinta Energy has been in the electricity and gas markets for years. While it previously offered a variety of plans with big discounts, recent changes to the energy industry have seen it switch to a single, basic deal, with no discounts in sight. AGL, on the other hand, has two market offers available in each state.

AGL Plans

  • Essentials Saver: Customers who opt for the Essentials Saver plan will have variable rates, not energy prices that are locked in. AGL Rewards can also be accessed through the AGL app. This deal is for SA customers only.
  • Essentials: The AGL Essential plan has fixed rates for a 12-month benefit period. This plan allows access to AGL Rewards. Essentials is only available in SA.
  • Essentials Plus: This plan is for customers in NSW, VIC and QLD, offering fixed rates for two years. It comes with a small ongoing credit that is applied to bills every quarter for the two year benefit period.
  • Basics: A variable rate plan on offer in NSW, VIC and QLD that gives the same ongoing bill credit as the Essentials Plus, but only for one year.

Alinta Energy Plans

  • Home Deal: This is a variable rate plan with no lock-in contracts or exit fees. Moving away from large discounts in the wake of regulatory changes in 2019, Alinta Energy has shifted its focus to competitive electricity rates instead.

Who is cheapest in Victoria?

Our results show that AGL is currently cheaper than Alinta Energy in Victoria when comparing the two plans below. See how these retailers stack up to the rest of the competition in Canstar Blue’s electricity price comparison for Victoria.

In the table below, we show AGL and Alinta Energy prices on the Citipower network in Melbourne. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the VDO, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the VDO is $1,270/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from VDO› Conditional Discounts Price Estimate˜
AGL Essentials Plus 13% Less than VDO No conditional discounts $1,101
Alinta Energy Home Deal 10% Less Than VDO No conditional discounts $1,147
Energy Fact Sheets

~Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Citipower network in Melbourne, but prices will differ between distribution areas. April 2021.

Who is cheapest in New South Wales?

Alinta Energy comes out as the cheapest of the two retailers in NSW. Alinta has consistently been very price-competitive in NSW, although customers may flock to AGL because of its other benefits such as its rewards program. To see how AGL and Alinta Energy compare to other NSW electricity retailers, check out our NSW price comparison.

In the table below, we show AGL and Alinta Energy prices on the Ausgrid network in Sydney. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,462/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Alinta Energy Home Deal 25% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,101
AGL Essentials Plus 23% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,131
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Ausgrid network in Sydney, but prices differ between distribution areas. April 2021.

Who is cheapest in South Australia?

By a long shot, AGL works out to be the cheaper of the two retailers. See how these retailers compare to other energy companies with our SA price comparison.

In the table below, we show AGL and Alinta Energy prices on the SA Power network in Adelaide. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,832/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
AGL Essentials 13% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,594
Alinta Energy No Fuss 4% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,766
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditions discounts that may be available. Pricing based on SA Power network in Adelaide, but prices differ between distribution areas. April 2021.

Who is cheapest in Queensland?

In Queensland, AGL comes out on top. Plus, there are benefits of being an AGL customer, such as accessing its’ rewards program. See how Alinta and AGL compare to other QLD retailers in our QLD price comparison.

In the table below, we show AGL and Alinta Energy prices on the Energex network in Brisbane. Plans are listed from the lowest priced estimate first. See here for information on the AER Reference Price, which in this comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year, meaning the Reference Price is $1,508/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
AGL Essentials Plus 21% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,187
Alinta Energy Home Deal 17% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,244
Basic Plan Information Documents

*Price assumes general energy usage of 4600Wh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Estimated price includes any conditional discounts that may be available. Pricing based on Energex network in Brisbane, but prices will differ between distribution areas. April 2021.

Should I sign up to Alinta Energy or AGL?

Whilst you might say that AGL and Alinta Energy both offer similar value in this comparison, right now, it may come down to considering features like customer incentives and rewards. For example, AGL customers can receive access to the company’s own rewards program, and navigate their account via the AGL app.

Meanwhile, Alinta Energy has been recognised for its outstanding customer service, winning Canstar Blue’s latest award for most satisfied customers in Queensland, while also performing well in other states. It has also recently launched its own rewards program bringing savings on things like shopping, movie tickets and other leisure activities.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours – just keep in mind that there are other electricity providers out there so be sure to check out Canstar Blue’s customer satisfaction ratings and price comparison tool to find the best retailer for you.

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Original author: Brendon O’Neill

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