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Red Energy has again topped Canstar Blue’s customer satisfaction ratings for electricity providers in NSW – an award the retailer has now claimed for 10 years running. Red Energy achieved a five-star score for overall satisfaction, along with top marks for customer service, bill and cost clarity and ease of sign-up.

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How we rate NSW electricity providers


This year, more than 2,200 bill-payers across the state have given us feedback on their electricity provider, based on factors including customer service, bill and cost clarity, online tools and advice, ease of sign-up and value for money. The idea is to give you, the consumer, as much information about the compared providers as possible, to help you make a more-informed decision. Keep in mind though that while our ratings include seven of the most prominent electricity retailers in NSW, you may find others operating in your area.


Canstar Blue surveyed 2,256 New South Wales households for their feedback on their energy retailer. Respondents had to live in NSW, have an electricity account and pay the bills for their response to be eligible.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their electricity provider from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Provider satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measured consumer satisfaction with an electricity provider as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Value for money: cost was low for the quality and effectiveness of the electricity provider.
  • Customer service: the electricity provider had multiple service points for customers, e.g. telephone, email, online chat.
  • Bill and cost clarity: the electricity provider had an easy-to-understand bill.
  • Online tools and advice: the electricity provider had an app or online account to monitor energy usage, pay bills and manage account information.
  • Ease of sign-up: the electricity provider had a simple sign-up process.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
  • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

Best NSW Electricity Providers: 

  1. Red Energy 
  2. Alinta Energy
  3. Origin Energy
  4. Dodo
  5. EnergyAustralia
  6. Engie
  7. AGL

Red Energy tops the table for the tenth year in a row – a massive endorsement by its customers, particularly after several years of energy market volatility. Although this doesn’t mean that Red Energy is the cheapest provider in NSW, it does indicate that its customers are the most satisfied with the overall level of service they receive. 

Alinta Energy trailed closely behind when it came to overall satisfaction, earning four stars, followed by Origin Energy, Dodo, EnergyAustralia, Engie and AGL with three stars each for satisfaction.

Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.


New South Wales electricity deals

Here are some sponsored deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are products from referral partners†. These costs are based on the Ausgrid energy 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 and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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.

Here are some of the cheapest published deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are 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 and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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.

 

Best electricity providers in New South Wales:

  1. Red Energy
  2. Alinta Energy
  3. Origin Energy
  4. Dodo
  5. EnergyAustralia
  6. Engie
  7. AGL

Compare New South Wales electricity plans

Here are some of the cheapest published deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are 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 and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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. The next three tabs feature products exclusively from AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin.

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for NSW. These are products from a referral partner†. 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 and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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.

Here are the EnergyAustralia plans on our database for NSW. These are products from a referral partner†. 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 and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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.

Here are the Origin Energy plans on our database for NSW. These are products from a referral partner†. 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 and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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.

1. Red Energy


Red Energy logo

Ratings result

Red Energy is the best-rated electricity provider in our review for the tenth consecutive year. The retailer was awarded five stars in several key research categories, including customer service, bill and cost clarity, ease of sign-up and overall satisfaction. It also received four stars for value for money and online tools and advice.

Editor’s notes

Owned by renewable energy generation company Snowy Hydro, Red Energy operates across NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. The retailer offers a selection of unique market offers, with most plans featuring  variable rates, but no lock-in contracts or exit fees. Aside from great customer service, Red Energy’s biggest selling point is its partnership with Qantas, which sees customers pocket two Frequent Flyer points for every dollar on their bill that’s paid on time.

Red Energy prices

Here are the Red Energy plans on our database for NSW. These are products from a referral partner†. 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.

2. Alinta Energy


Ratings result

Alinta Energy recorded four stars for its overall satisfaction in 2023, but took home five stars for value for money. It also received four stars for customer service, bill and cost clarity, and ease of sign-up, and three stars for online tools and advice.

Editor’s notes

A major gas and electricity retailer in NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and Western Australia, Alinta Energy is owned by Hong Kong’s Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, but is still headquartered in Sydney. Alinta focuses on offering competitive rates, making it one of the leading challengers to the big three (AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia). Alinta Energy’s rewards program also offers exclusive customer perks, such as discounts on movie tickets, electronics and more.

Alinta Energy prices

Here are the Alinta Energy plans on our database for NSW. These are products from a referral partner†. 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.

3. Origin Energy


origin-energy-logo

Ratings result

Origin was rated three stars for overall satisfaction this year, but received four stars for customer service, bill and cost clarity, online tools and advice, and ease of sign-up. It also scored three stars for value for money.

Editor’s notes

Origin is a retailer servicing NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and the ACT. It offers a variety of variable rate plans, most of which come with a 12-month benefit period, and even throws in bonus Everyday Rewards points on its Everyday Rewards Variable plan. All plans come with no exit fees or lock-in contracts. Origin is also one of Australia’s leading solar retailers, with specific plans for customers who own solar panels.

Origin Energy prices

Here are the Origin Energy plans on our database for NSW. These are products from a referral partner†. 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.

4. Dodo


Dodo Energy logo

Ratings result

Dodo claimed three stars for overall satisfaction this year, along with three stars for value for money and bill and cost clarity. It did however receive five stars for its online tools and advice, and four stars for customer service and ease of sign-up.

Editor’s notes

Owned by the Vocus Group, Dodo is perhaps best-known as a phone and internet provider, but now also sells electricity and gas. Dodo operates across most eastern states, with a single variable rate market offer with lower rates than the reference price. Its big selling point is that customers have the convenience of dealing with just one company for all their home services, and can save up to $10 per month on internet plans by bundling with Dodo energy.

Dodo prices

Here are the Dodo plans on our database for NSW. These are products from a referral partner†. 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.

5. EnergyAustralia


Energy Australia logo

Ratings result

EnergyAustralia took out three stars for overall satisfaction in 2023, as well as for value for money, bill and cost clarity and online tools and advice. It was awarded four stars for customer service and ease of sign-up.  

Editor’s notes

EnergyAustralia provides customers with a range of market offers, with its most heavily marketed plans providing reasonable usage and supply rates. Its plans avoid exit fees and lock-in contracts, and conditional discounts and credits are often available. The retailer also offers a ‘basic’ plan, which sits equal to the reference price, and a solar-specific plan with a higher feed-in tariff.

EnergyAustralia prices

Here are the EnergyAustralia plans on our database for NSW. These are products from a referral partner†. 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.

6. Engie (formerly Simply Energy)


Ratings result

Engie has earned three stars for overall satisfaction, as well as for value for money, online tools and advice and ease of sign-up. It scored four stars for customer service and bill and cost clarity.

Editor’s notes

Owned by the French utilities giant of the same name, Engie is well-known for offering a wide range of products in NSW. Its offers include an exclusive deal for NRMA members that brings larger unconditional discounts, as well as its competitive Engie Saver plan with guaranteed discounts on usage and supply charges. Rates across these plans are typically variable, coming with no exit fees or lock-in contracts.

Engie prices

Here are the Engie plans on our database for NSW. These are products from a referral partner†. 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.

7. AGL


Ratings result

Rounding out our 2023 ratings is AGL, which took home three stars in all categories: overall satisfaction, value for money, customer service, bill and cost clarity, online tools and advice and ease of sign-up.

Editor’s notes

AGL offers a small selection of market contracts in NSW, with variable rates and a range of value-add incentives, such as a Netflix subscription with its aptly named Netflix Plan. The company also offers its own rewards program called AGL Rewards, which brings various discounts and savings on gift cards, plus money off movie tickets and restaurant meals. AGL also offers specific solar plans to customers with solar panels, as well as a dedicated AGL seniors plan for eligible customers with a Seniors Card.

AGL prices

Here are the AGL plans on our database for NSW. These are products from a referral partner†. 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 3,900kWh/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.

How to find the best electricity deals in NSW

To get the cheapest possible deal for your household, you will need to take into consideration the following factors:

When you spell everything out like this, it’s easy to see why many consumers find the subject of energy confusing. In an effort to simplify matters, Canstar Blue’s price comparison report for NSW shows overall estimated prices for the power suppliers mentioned in this report. Based on average usage figures and market contract pricing for single rate tariff households on the Ausgrid network, we show that customers could save hundreds of dollars by switching to one of the cheapest offers available. The ‘cheapest’ doesn’t automatically mean ‘best’, but if the bottom line is all you worry about then our report is certainly worth a look.

Ultimately, it’s about educating yourself on the options available to you. The retailers are required by law to publish all their energy price fact sheets online, so use the information gathered in this report and check out the facts and figures with your own eyes. Our customer ratings also offer you an insight into how the big brands in the state are performing in the eyes of those paying the bills, so be sure to keep these details in mind too.

Who is the cheapest electricity provider in NSW?

While prices change all the time, the likes of GloBird Energy, Engie and Dodo are consistently some of the cheapest retailers in NSW. However, with more than 20 companies operating across the state, finding the cheapest energy provider will require some research on your behalf.

It’s also important to not overlook other features offered by electricity companies, such as customer service, billing options, value-add incentives and rewards programs. Although price will generally have the biggest influence when making a decision, it is worth knowing which brands go that little bit further for your business.

How long does it take to switch electricity providers in NSW?

It now only takes two business days to switch energy providers and transfer your account to a new retailer. Under revised rules, your old electricity provider will have 48 hours to finalise your account using an estimated bill, before sending your details to your new provider.

The entire switching process is usually handled online or over the phone in a matter of minutes, with all the paperwork taken care of by your new retailer.

Meet our energy experts


Kelseigh Wrigley: Energy Specialist

Kelseigh Wrigley covered Australia’s retail energy market, growing her industry-specific expertise over the last two years. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology and has contributed her skills to online publications Hunter and Bligh and local radio station 4ZZZ.

Meet the Editorial Team

Samantha Mauro-Todd: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Mauro-Todd is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and two years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.

Meet the Research Team

FAQs about NSW electricity providers

The list below features all the electricity providers that currently list plans in NSW.

  • 1st Energy
  • AGL
  • Alinta Energy
  • Amber Electric
  • CovaU
  • Diamond Energy
  • Dodo
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Energy Locals
  • Engie
  • GloBird Energy
  • Kogan Energy
  • Momentum Energy
  • Nectr
  • Origin Energy
  • OVO Energy
  • Pacific Blue
  • Powershop
  • Radian Energy
  • Red Energy
  • Sumo
  • Tango Energy.

Find out which brands are available in your area by using our free comparison tool. Please note that some of these companies only operate in certain areas. Other brands may also be available in your area.

You may not realise that there are three different electricity distribution networks covering NSW. This is important to know because the network you live on could have a big impact on your bills, with distribution costs accounting for as much as 50% of your overall bills. The three distribution networks are:

Retailers will have different prices for their plans on each network, meaning that the amount an Origin customer (for example) pays on the Ausgrid network will be different to what an Origin customer will pay on the Endeavour network, even if their plans are the same. As a homeowner, there is little you can do about this. However, if you are renting a home and take utility costs seriously, you could look into different prices before deciding which suburb to move to, because it could save you a significant amount.

NSW may be behind other parts of the country when it comes to the uptake of solar power, but power suppliers in the state still offer some of the most generous feed-in tariffs. Rates of up to 20c/kWh are on offer for exported energy, but be aware that the highest feed-in tariffs do not necessarily translate to the cheapest overall bills. When comparing solar plans, it’s important to pay as much attention to the usage and supply charges as the feed-in tariff being offered.

If conditional discounts don’t really appeal to you, you will find a range of other sign-up incentives offered by retailers in NSW. AGL has a plan with an included Netflix Basic subscription, while those with Red Energy can collect Qantas Frequent Flyer points for paying their bills on time. It’s also common for companies to throw an occasional $50-$100 in sign-up credit at new customers, especially if they sign up online.

Rewards Programs

The following electricity providers offer some form of rewards program to customers in NSW, bringing savings on various leisure and social activities, including eating out, accommodation and even theme park tickets.

  • AGL (AGL Rewards)
  • Alinta Energy (Alinta Energy Rewards)
  • CovaU (CovaU Rewards)

Rebates

To help reduce utility costs, there are a range of different energy rebates available for households in Sydney and surrounding areas. Customers with low incomes, dependent children and certain medical conditions could be eligible for financial support towards their gas and electricity costs.

There are many power retailers in operation now, but it wasn’t long ago that households in Sydney and the rest of the state were stuck with one of the big three companies – Origin, EnergyAustralia or AGL – with no other brands able to challenge their dominance. It’s for this reason that they continue to supply almost 80% of customers in NSW, according to Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Retail Energy Market Performance Update for Quarter 1, 2022-23. If you don’t remember signing up to one of these companies, you were probably transferred over when one of them absorbed your old retailer.

  • Integral Energy customers were transferred to Origin
  • Country Energy customers were transferred to Origin
  • TRUenergy customers were switched to EnergyAustralia
  • Australian Power & Gas customers were switched to AGL
  • Click Energy customers were switched to AGL
  • Amaysim Energy customers were switched to AGL

The NSW electricity market began to change in 2002 when the State Government introduced ‘Full Retail Competition’, meaning that smaller retailers could provide alternative options for consumers. However, while Victoria lifted its pricing restrictions way back in 2009 – and South Australia followed suit three years later – the NSW retail market remained regulated by the state’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal until 2014, so there was little or no financial incentive for customers to switch before then. This was a story replicated in Queensland where price regulations were only lifted in 2016.

Electricity price deregulation means the power companies are free to set their own plans, prices and conditions – resulting in a plethora of new entrants into the market. The benefits of deregulation are still up for debate, but the fact is that households have never had so many providers to choose from, presenting the opportunity for consumers to save if they shop around, or just use new offers as leverage to negotiate a better deal with their existing supplier. However, in order to save, you must have at least a basic understanding of the different providers, contracts and plans available. 

In July 2019, energy retailers in NSW had to adapt to a range of new industry regulations designed to make power more affordable and make comparing plans easier. This was when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) stepped in to introduce a new, regulated price cap for customers who were previously paying the most. These customers, on standing offers, were switched onto a new Default Market Offer (DMO) price determined by the Australia Energy Regulator (AER). This is a consistent price across all retailers. The DMO also acts as a reference price for all market offers, including those with discounts. All plans must now be compared to the AER Reference Price, displaying a percentage ‘less than’, ‘equal to’ or ‘more than’, so consumers can see which plans really offer the best value.

Electricity generation and power stations

NSW is home to more than a dozen solar farms, contributing significantly to the state’s power supply. Yet the state remains dependent on a handful of coal-fired power plants to meet its power demand. Most of these stations are owned by the big three companies – AGL, Origin, and EnergyAustralia.

Past Ratings

Here are the previous winners of Canstar Blue’s Electricity Providers – NSW Customer Satisfaction Award:

  • 2022: Red Energy
  • 2021: Red Energy
  • 2020: Red Energy 
  • 2019: Red Energy 
  • 2018: Red Energy
  • 2017: Red Energy 
  • 2016: Red Energy 
  • 2015: Red Energy 
  • 2014: Red Energy

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