AGL Business Energy Review and Rates
AGL is Australia’s oldest and one of the country’s largest electricity companies. In addition to powering millions of residential properties, AGL is also an established business energy provider. AGL Business Energy claims to offer simple, convenient and innovative electricity and gas plans for companies of all sizes, but is it all it’s cracked up to be? In this article, Canstar Blue explores AGL’s prices, products and services to see how it ranks as an energy provider for Aussie businesses.
AGL Business Plans
AGL offers businesses a range of products for electricity, natural gas and solar, most of which customers can opt in for carbon neutral, which is certified by Climate Active. Check out some of the finer details of AGL’s business plans below.
AGL Business Electricity
For both small and large businesses, AGL offers the “AGL Business Essentials” plan, which is a 12-month fixed rate plan with no exit fees. This plan comes with flexible payment options, access to End of Financial Year (EOFY) and GST statements, the ability to select billing dates and frequency and access to 24/7 call centres and support.
AGL Business Gas
Similar to the electricity plan on offer, AGL also provide a gas plan under the “AGL Business Essentials Gas” plan for businesses. Like electricity, this plan comes as a fixed rate, 12-month plan with no exit fees. Also available on this plan is 24/7 online and phone support, flexible payment options, the ability to select billing dates and frequency and access to EFOY and GST statements.
AGL Solar Smart Plan
AGL also offer solar plans to its business customers, the most notable being its ‘Solar Smart Plan’. This plan allows businesses to start reaping the rewards of solar power with no upfront or installation costs. Under the Solar Smart Plan, AGL will design and install a solar panel system to help your business maximise its energy savings, without costing the business in upfront installation fees. Once installed, businesses will enter a fixed-term agreement with AGL which would see the business pay AGL a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) tariff for all the electricity generated off the installed system. In turn, the business also receives low, long term solar electricity rates. AGL are also responsible for the maintenance and warranty of the system on this plan.
AGL Business Energy Services
AGL offers a variety of services under its business branch to help small and large businesses maximise energy usage whilst minimising costs. These include:
- AGL Pump
- Energy Efficient Lighting Designs
- Power Factor Correction Equipment Installation
- Commercial and Industrial Demand Response
The AGL Pump (Power Up Modular Purchasing) service allows for business customers – particularly those running industrialised sites – to make the most of their energy usage charges, as it suits their business’ needs. AGL Pump’s digital platform allows customers to lock and unlock their electricity prices for the quarter, calendar year or financial year, based on their energy habits, even going as far to accept a specified volume of the expected energy load from the customer and charging them this way. This service helps business customers take ownership of the energy market, with easy access online granting customers the opportunity to swap and change their rates and predicted usage amounts as they see fit.
AGL Pump is only available for business customers with an annual energy consumption exceeding five giga watt hours (GWh) – five million kilowatt hours. Any businesses below this output will be placed on a fixed rate contract.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Another service AGL offers to its business customers is energy efficient lighting solutions. Not only does AGL provide helpful energy efficient guides for lighting in businesses, the AGL lighting team is also available to help businesses save on electricity through lighting designs for new and existing sites, cost-effective lighting upgrades, providing installations from accredited electricians and helping with applications for grants and subsidy schemes.
Power Factor Correction
AGL also offer assistance in power quality for its business customers. With larger businesses, energy networks often charge a demand charge to counteract the demand these operations place on the local energy network. These charges are generally quite hefty and can leave the business paying more than it should for electricity. Under its Power Factor Correction service however, AGL’s Electroserv team can design, manufacture and install equipment in your business which can improve the machinery’s power quality, reducing the energy demand of the business to the network and ultimately saving businesses a pretty penny.
Commercial and Industrial Demand Response
AGL’s Commercial and Industrial Demand Response offers business customers assistance in managing their energy consumption to be the most cost effective. This service looks at how shifting the time of energy usage will best maximise energy consumption but minimise cost, providing a tailored solution to each business’ needs. The Commercial and Industrial Demand Response service looks at things like the business energy usage, time of year and location to help determine the best timetable for energy usage for the business, maximising on any time of use tariffs applicable. It should be noted though that this service requires the business to have a curtailable energy load of 250kW and/or 250kW of back up generation to be eligible.
Carbon Neutral Energy for Businesses
AGL also offers carbon neutral energy options to both its small and large business customers. For an additional weekly cost, AGL will offset the power of its business customers plan by purchasing carbon credits in certified sustainability projects which help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a certified member of Climate Active, AGL offer carbon offsetting on all business electricity and gas plans.
Is AGL business energy right for you?
Electricity is a high commodity for many businesses, so it’s important that business owners choose a suitable plan for their energy needs. While AGL is an established company with a variety of services tailored to Aussie businesses, these services may not encompass each individual need of your business. If you’re still unsure if AGL may be right for your business, visit its website or contact the company for a direct quote. Alternatively, if you are looking to compare AGL to other business energy providers, check out Canstar Blue’s business electricity satisfaction ratings below.
About the author of this page
This page was written by Canstar Blue’s energy content producer, Kelseigh Wrigley. As a qualified journalist, Kelseigh aims to light the way for everyday Aussies, helping them find a better deal on their energy plan. Whether it’s value for money, new incentives, deals on gas or solar, Kelseigh is keen to help customers put money back in their pockets.
AGL Business Energy Facts
AGL has been powering Aussie homes and businesses since 1837, with its range of electricity, gas and now solar and renewable options.
About AGL Energy
AGL is an integrated energy company, originally established as ‘Australian Gas and Light’ company in 1837 before shortening to the acronym ‘AGL’. AGL retails electricity and gas in NSW, VIC, QLD and SA as well as gas in WA. The power giant is also known as having the nation’s largest electricity generation portfolio, with investments and projects Australia-wide.
AGL Business Energy Services
Here’s a list of the services AGL offers to its business customers:
- Energy saving tips with energy efficient lighting designs
- Improvement to power quality with specialised equipment
- Tailored electricity times to maximise savings
- Bill forecasting and predicting with AGL Pump
- Electricity usage nomination with AGL Pump
- Bill scheduling
- Flexible payment
AGL Energy Key Dates
2006 | Became AGL Energy
2011 | AGL Energy Online launches
2015 | AGL commits to a carbon-free future
2016 | AGL launch AGL Future Forests
2019 | AGL announces EV Rental scheme