Compare NSW Electricity Providers

Canstar Blue’s annual review of NSW electricity providers compares Red Energy, Alinta Energy, Origin Energy, AGL, EnergyAustralia and Dodo on their customer service, bill & cost clarity, tools & advice, focus on environmental sustainability, ease of sign-up, value for money and overall satisfaction.

See our Ratings Methodology.

Canstar Blue 2020 NSW Electricity Providers Award

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For the seventh year in a row, Red Energy has topped Canstar Blue’s customer satisfaction ratings for electricity providers in NSW. Red Energy achieved five stars for customer service, ease of sign-up, bill & cost clarity, focus on environmental sustainability, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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The energy market is undergoing a period of change with new regulations set to make comparing power plans even easier. That’s good news for electricity customers in New South Wales who now pay some of the highest prices in the country. However, that’s not down to a lack of price competition, with Sydney residents able to pick from more than 30 residential providers. The state has become one of the most hotly-contested for the retailers, but with all this competition comes confusion. The providers will all promise you a great deal, but which can you trust? You’ll clearly want competitive rates, but what about good customer service, too? And maybe even some great rewards?

Finding the best electricity company and plan for your needs and preferences comes down to a lot more than just the cheapest prices, with sign-up incentives, bill credits and ongoing rewards programs all giving households plenty to think about. To help make the decision-making process a little easier, Canstar Blue conducts an annual review of electricity providers. This year, more than 2,600 bill-payers across the state have given us their feedback on their electricity provider, based on factors including customer service, bill & cost clarity, online tools and advice, ease of sign-up, and value for money. The idea is to give you as much information about the compared providers as possible, to help you make a more-informed decision. Get all the details below.

NSW 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 NSW Electricity Providers

Canstar Blue 2020 NSW Electricity Providers Award

Here are the best electricity providers in NSW as rated by customers in Canstar Blue’s latest satisfaction survey:

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

Red Energy tops the table for the seventh year in a row – that’s a remarkable endorsement of the company and a great sign that it generally gets things right by its customers. Remember, this is not to suggest that Red Energy is the cheapest provider, but that its customers are the most satisfied with the overall level of service that they receive. Alinta Energy, Origin, AGL, EnergyAustralia and Dodo scored three stars overall.

Read on as we explain everything you need to know about power companies in NSW, and how to get a better deal from them. But first, you can use our comparison tool to compare plans in your area, or keep going for a selection of cheap deals from our database.

NSW 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.

NSW Energy Providers

Red Energy

Owned by renewable energy generation company Snowy Hydro, Red Energy operates across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT, keeping things fairly simple with only two or three market offers for prospective customers to consider. All plans come with variable rates, meaning usage and supply charges can be changed at the retailer’s discretion. However, there are no contract terms or exit fees to worry about if you decide to leave. 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 they spend on bills. One plan also comes with access to Red Energy Rewards – the company’s loyalty program that can deliver discounts on various social activities, such as movie tickets, hotels and attractions.

  • Red Energy is the best-rated electricity provider in our review for the seventh year in a row. In addition to overall satisfaction, it achieved five stars for customer service, focus on environmental sustainability, bill & cost clarity and ease of sign up, with four stars for value for money and online tools & advice.

Alinta Energy

A major gas and electricity retailer in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia, Alinta Energy is one of the greatest challengers to the big three – AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia. Alinta is owned by Hong Kong’s Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, but is still headquartered in Sydney. Alinta Energy has two market offers for households to consider. Where previously Alinta was known for its big discounts, its current offers have scaled back to offering no conditional discounts at all. Additionally, customers also have offers access to Alinta Energy’s rewards program, bringing potential savings on entertainment activities like movie tickets, as well as money off electronics from some major brands.

  • Alinta Energy recorded three stars for overall satisfaction this year. It scored four stars in three categories, customer service, bill & cost clarity and ease of sign-up, with value for money, focus on environmental sustainability and online tools & advice sitting at three stars apiece.

Origin Energy

Origin has always been a retailer offering a comprehensive range of options for residents, and after strict new energy industry regulations came into effect in July 2019, not much changed. Origin offers a mixture of fixed and variable rate offers, all of which come with a 12-month benefit period. One of its offers even rewards customers with Everyday Rewards points. Most of Origin’s plans hold a modest amount off the reference price, except for Basic, which serves up the same rates as the reference price and has no conditional discounts. 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 was rated three stars for overall satisfaction, as well as for value for money. On all remaining categories, including focus on environmental sustainability, customer service, bill & cost clarity, online tools & advice and ease of sign-up, this retailer snagged four stars.


AGL generally offers a couple of market contracts to households, with differing rates and conditions based on different preferences. While AGL previously offered more variable rate plans, its current line-up gives NSW customers the choice between a fixed rate plan and one variable rate offer, both with a range of value-add incentives. 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 customers with a seniors concession card.

  • AGL scored three stars overall in this year’s review, with this score also stretching to value for money. For customer service, environmental sustainability, bill & cost clarity and ease of sign-up, this retailer earned four stars, although it did score five stars for online tools & advice.


After tough new energy industry regulations saw retailers switch up quite a few of their plans in July 2019, EnergyAustralia revamped its product range to provide customers with two fixed rate market offer plans to choose from, as well as a ‘basic’ and variable rate product. No longer offering conditional discounts on any of its plans, EnergyAustralia has moved toward ‘simplifying’ its offerings, with its most heavily marketed plans providing reasonable usage and supply rates. The brand’s newest plan isn’t much different, coming instead with an unconditional discount that applies on a 12 month benefit period. Both plans avoid all exit fees or lock-in contracts. You’ll also find the Basic Home plan, which is EnergyAustralia’s offer that sits equal to the reference price.

  • EnergyAustralia took out three stars for overall satisfaction in our latest review, as well as for value for money. For all other categories, including environmental sustainability, customer service and online tools & advice, this retailer scored four stars apiece.


Perhaps best-known as a phone and internet provider, Dodo completes the full set of home services by also selling electricity and gas. Dodo operates across most eastern states, with a single variable rate market offer to its name that carries rates a decent amount less than the reference price. Dodo is owned by the Vocus Group, the company behind lots of names in the telco industry, including iPrimus and Commander. Dodo’s big selling point is that customers have the convenience of dealing with just one company for all their home services. It also has double up discounts available for those who want to buy electricity and gas together.

  • Dodo got three stars out of five for almost all categories, including overall satisfaction in this year’s customer satisfaction ratings. This means it scored three stars in areas such as value for money and customer service. The one exception is a four star rating for bill & cost clarity.

Market offers vs standing offers

In addition to the market offers mentioned above, all six providers also have standard power contracts in NSW. These are ‘default’ plans that customers may be on if they have never switched retailers, or haven’t moved onto a new deal for several years. Standard contracts are usually significantly more expensive than the cheapest market offers.

Who is the cheapest electricity provider in NSW?

While prices change all the time, the likes of ReAmped Energy, Tango Energy and OVO Energy are consistently some of the cheapest retailers in NSW. However, with more than 30 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’s worth knowing which brands go that little bit further for your business.

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

Switching energy providers now only takes two business days to transfer your account to a new retailer. Under new rules, your old electricity provider will have around 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.

How to compare electricity providers

To compare electricity providers, simply enter your details into our comparison tool. This includes typing in your suburb or postcode and then hitting the compare button. By doing this, you’ll be able to review a range of companies available in your specific area with prices reflecting the appropriate default yearly usage amounts according to the distribution network.

The Canstar Blue comparison tool is free to use and does not require a phone number. You can also input your previous energy bill details for a specific comparison based on your household’s general usage. Our comparison tool allows you to assort deals by brand, plan name, price, value score and more.

How to switch electricity providers

To switch providers, use our comparison tool to choose a retailer based on your personal circumstances. Once you’ve landed on a suitable product, you will be directed to your chosen provider’s site where you will be required to input some of your details.

Keep in mind that the sign-up and switching process may be handled differently between providers, and remember to review all plan information directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision. Your new power company should provide you with any details relevant to switching, and will normally handle the breakup from your old provider on your behalf.

About the author of this page

Jared Mullane

This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s Energy Editor, Jared Mullane. He’s an expert in all things utilities, including electricity, gas and water, helping to make complicated subjects easier to understand for consumers. A trained journalist, Jared is usually one of the first to break energy-related news, whether it’s the latest changes in the industry, price movements, or the next best deal you need to know about.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to get the best electricity deal

To get the cheapest possible deal for your household, you will need to take into consideration all of the factors previously mentioned, including:

  • The type of contract – DMO or market offer
  • How much you pay in usage and supply charges per kWh
  • Whether you have variable or fixed rate usage charges
  • What percentage discount you receive on your bill
  • Whether you have a single rate or time of use tariff
  • Whether you have a controlled load for water heating

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 all 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.

NSW Electricity Providers

NSW Electricity Providers 2020 Award Canstar Blue

The list below features all the available electricity providers in NSW.

  • 1st Energy
  • AGL
  • Alinta Energy
  • Amber Electric
  • Bright Spark Power
  • CovaU
  • Diamond Energy
  • Discover Energy
  • Dodo
  • Electricity In A Box
  • Elysian Energy
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Energy Locals
  • Enova Energy
  • Future X Power
  • GloBird Energy
  • Glow Power
  • Kogan Energy
  • Mojo Power
  • Momentum Energy
  • Nectr
  • Origin Energy
  • OVO Energy
  • Pooled Energy
  • Powerclub
  • Powerdirect
  • Powershop
  • QEnergy
  • Radian Energy
  • ReAmped Energy
  • Red Energy
  • Simply Energy
  • Smart Energy
  • Social 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.

About the NSW Electricity Market

NSW Electricity Market

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 more than 80% of customers in NSW, according to the Australian Energy Market Commission’s 2019 Retail Energy Competition Review. 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

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. Read on for details.

New regulations mean lower power prices

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. After years of often confusing, big discount plans that commonly didn’t result in the savings that they might suggest, 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, unlike with the old standing offers. This soon resulted in notable savings for these customers, while 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 & 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, EnergyAustralia – and one of the most well-known (and controversial) is ‘Liddell’ in the Hunter Valley. Owned by AGL, the aging Liddell power station has been flagged for closure in the coming years. However, AGL has faced pressure from the state government to keep the plant open beyond its scheduled closure date to ensure adequate supply for the region. AGL, which has committed to ‘getting out of coal’, has even turned down an offer from Alinta Energy to purchase the station. Meanwhile, like other old power stations, Lindell has become notoriously unreliable, frequently breaking down and putting pressure on the network.

Do energy providers offer the same prices across NSW?

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 per cent of your overall bills. The three distribution networks are:

  • Ausgrid– covering inner, northern and eastern Sydney
  • Endeavour Energy– covering southern and western Sydney
  • Essential Energy – covering country and regional areas

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.

Electricity Contracts in NSW

Electricity Contracts in NSW

The first step in saving money on costs is to understand what type of energy contract you are on. There are two types of contracts:

  • Default Market Offer: Introduced in July 2019, the Default Market Offer (DMO) has replaced standing offers as the most expensive contract that a customer who does not engage in the market can be on. The price of the DMO is determined by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and is consistent across all retailers. The introduction of the DMO saw customers on standing offers automatically switched onto the cheaper price, saving many households hundreds of dollars a year. The DMO also acts as the Reference Price from which all other plans must be compared.
  • Market contracts: Market contracts have prices set by the retailers, come with varying contracts lengths, fees and conditions, and provide the opportunity to save through conditional discounts, such as signing up online, paying bills on time, paying by direct debit, and receiving bills via email instead of post. Some retailers offer several different market contracts to pick from, while others have a very concise range. Following the regulatory changes mentioned above, many retailers have moved away from discounts and instead now offer other sign-up deals like ongoing bill credits.

Canstar Blue’s database shows that some customers still stand to save hundreds of dollars a year simply by switching from their provider’s Default Market Offer to its cheapest market contract, provided they stick to the terms and conditions. The latest figures from the AER show that about one in five households across NSW remain on the default price, and while this is much lower than they were previously paying on standing offers, more significant savings could still be made. The DMO is not designed to be a great deal, but a fairer price ‘safety net’ for those who do not engage in the market.

Solar plans

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 21c/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.

Electricity Charges in NSW

Whether you’re on a standard contract or a market offer, your bill will be made up of two main costs – usage charges and supply charges.

  • Supply charges are what you pay every billing period just for being connected to the grid. Unless your supplier changes its pricing, these costs remain the same every time regardless of your electricity usage. Supply charges can vary from as little as 70c/day up to around $1.10 per day. Keep in mind that the retailers with cheaper supply charges may make up for these by imposing slightly higher usage rates, and vice versa.
  • Usage charges are what you will pay for your actual power usage, meaning you could reduce your costs by paying close attention to your major household appliances, which typically use the most energy. As NSW has a deregulated market, you can expect usage charges to vary between different companies. Usage charges of around 17-21c per kWh are likely to be the cheapest you will find for general usage, with some retailers charging as much as 40c, depending on traffic structure. Cheaper rates are available at other times of day, depending on your tariff.

For most households, usage charges will make up the majority of overall costs. However, you should still pay close attention to supply charges which can vary significantly between brands and plans. For small households, supply charges will generally make up a higher proportion of overall costs. But for homes with high usage requirements, usage charges will be the main culprit of large bills.

Electricity Tariffs in NSW

To get the best deal on your electricity supply, you will need to understand how different tariffs work and how they can impact your overall costs. Some tariffs, however, will only be available if you have a smart meter installed at your property. Tariffs available in NSW are:

  • Single rate tariff: With a single rate tariff, households will pay the same usage rates regardless of when they use power. You will pay the same rate per kWh whether you watch TV first thing in the morning or in the middle of the night. You can expect single rate tariff usage charges to cost from 17 to 30 cents per kWh, depending on how much power you use during the day. This is because the energy companies divide usage costs into ‘block rates’. You can use a single rate tariff no matter what type of electricity meter you have.
  • Time of use tariff: With a time of use tariff, households pay different usage rates depending on what time they use power. Days are broken up into three different periods – ‘peak’, ‘off-peak’ and ‘shoulder’. Electricity is most expensive during peak times (i.e. the early evening) and then least costly during off-peak times (i.e. late at night until early in the morning). Shoulder rate costs are applied at all other times, with costs somewhere in between. Peak time power costs can be as high as 60c per kWh, with off-peak rates as low as 15c. Households can only have a time of use tariff if they have a smart meter.

What are block rates?

If you have a single rate tariff, you will pay the same usage charges no matter what the time of day, up to a point. This is because ‘block rates’ are usually applied to single rate tariff usage charges, with households charged differently depending on how much power they consume. In most cases, customers will pay the highest prices for the first ‘block’ of power they use during the day (usually around 10kWhs) and then less for each following block. There is usually only a marginal difference between the costs of these blocks, but they are still worth being aware of.

What is controlled load?

Regardless of whether a household has a single rate tariff or time of use tariff, they will still be able to benefit from having a ‘controlled load’. A controlled load, or ‘dedicated circuit’ as it is often called, is effectively a separate circuit that allows you to meter selected high-usage appliances independently from the rest of your home. A controlled load will usually be used to power the electric hot water system in your home. Pool pumps could also be powered this way to reduce swimming pool costs. Controlled load prices will be much lower than normal usage rates, but are only applicable for a few hours each day (between 6 and 8). Households can also add a second controlled load with other big appliances. These can be applied for up to 16 hours per day, but the usage rates will be higher than the first controlled load.

Electricity Plans in NSW

Electricity Plans in NSW

There are a wide variety of different market contracts on offer, usually differentiated by headline discounts or other sign-up incentives, such as ‘bonus credit’ when you sign up online. While some electricity retailers offer multiple market contracts for households to choose from, others have a far more concise range. Dodo only has one residential market offer, while Red Energy and Alinta Energy have two or three. The big three retailers, Origin, AGL and EnergyAustralia, provide between two and four market contracts each. These could include both variable and fixed rate plans.

  • Variable rate plans: These market contracts have variable usage rates, meaning the amount you are charged per kWh could increase at your retailer’s discretion. While energy brands tend to review their prices just once a year, they can technically increase their rates any time they want, provided they give you prior notice. This is a good reason why you should pay attention to your bills, because price changes may simply be mentioned in your next statement.
  • Fixed rate plans: These are plans with fixed usage and supply rates for the term of the agreement, usually two years. It effectively means you lock-in a kWh usage and supply rates for the length of the contract. This protects you against increases in prices, but you may find fixed rate plans come with higher rates in the first place as the retailer anticipates future price charges.

There are other providers doing things a little differently across the state. Pooled Energy, for example, offers specific plans for households with swimming pools, combining its license as an energy retailer with a pool maintaining services – so your power retailer is also responsible for cleaning your pool! Meanwhile, Energy Locals gives customers an opportunity to donate to charity via their bills.

Electricity Discounts in NSW

To make them stand out from the crowd, some plans come with headline-grabbing discounts, usually off usage charges for either paying bills on time, paying by direct debit, getting bills via email, or for signing up online. Discounts of more than 20% were common before new regulations took effect, and while several retailers still offer various discounts, they now look much more modest and are generally easier to understand. Many have ditched discounts altogether, replaced by bill credits or other incentives.

Other Incentives

If conditional discounts don’t really appeal to you, you will find a range of other sign-up incentives offered by retailers. Alinta Energy has a plan that brings a basic subscription to Kayo Sports during the life of the contract, while AGL customers can earn flybuys points and those with Red Energy can collect Qantas Frequent Flyer points for paying their bills on time. It’s also common for companies to throw $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)
  • Red Energy (Red Energy Rewards)

Given that NSW is one of the most competitive markets for the retailers, some of these sign-up incentives and rewards programs are not available in other areas.


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.

More about NSW Energy Networks


Due to its sheer size and population, the city of Sydney is supplied by two electricity distribution networks – Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy. Ausgrid covers a large part of Sydney’s households and major city area, while Endeavour takes care of the city’s west. Electricity rates can vary between the distribution networks, so you could be paying more or less for power than your friends two streets away on the other network. Outside of Sydney, many areas are covered by the Essential electricity network.

Sydney suburbs on the Ausgrid network

Sydney suburbs on the Ausgrid electricity network include:

  • Avalon
  • Bondi
  • Chatswood
  • Coogee
  • Cronulla
  • Hornsby
  • Hurstville
  • Manly
  • Mona Vale
  • Narellan
  • Newtown
  • Redfern
  • Surry Hills
  • Sutherland
  • Town Hall
  • Windsor
  • Zetland

Sydney suburbs on the Endeavour network

Sydney suburbs on the Endeavour electricity network include:

  • Auburn
  • Blacktown
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Fairfield
  • Hoxton Park
  • Kellyville
  • Kings Park
  • Lindcome
  • Liverpool
  • Mount Druitt
  • Narellan
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Rouse Hill
  • Ryde
  • Windsor


Like other highly-populated parts of NSW, if you live in Newcastle or the surrounding areas, you’ll have quite a few electricity providers to choose from. Like Sydney, Newcastle is on the Ausgrid electricity network.

Here are the main suburbs covered by the Ausgrid network in Newcastle:

  • Adamstown
  • Broadmeadow
  • Callaghan
  • Carrington
  • Cooks Hill
  • Hamilton
  • Hexham
  • Islington
  • Jesmond
  • The Junction
  • Kotara
  • Lambton
  • Maryville
  • Mayfield
  • Merewether
  • New Lambton
  • Newcastle
  • Wallsend
  • Waratah
  • Wickham

Central Coast

The Ausgrid network also covers the NSW Central Coast, which includes the following suburbs:

  • Avoca Beach
  • Bateau Bay
  • Bouddi
  • Box Head
  • Copacabana
  • The Entrance
  • Erina
  • Ettalong
  • Gosford
  • Hardys Bay
  • Killcare
  • Kincumber
  • Lake Munmorah
  • Long Jetty
  • Moonee
  • Ourimbah
  • Somersby
  • Terrigal
  • Tuggerah
  • Umina
  • Woy Woy
  • Wyong


Wollongong falls on the Endeavour electricity network, including the following suburbs:

  • Albion Park
  • Austinmer
  • Bellambi
  • Bombo
  • Bulli
  • Coledale
  • Coniston
  • Corrimal
  • Dapto
  • Fairy Meadow
  • Figtree
  • Gerringong
  • Helensburgh
  • Jamberoo
  • Keiraville
  • Kiama
  • Oak Flats
  • Stanwell Park
  • Thirroul
  • Towradgi
  • Wollongong

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour is on the Essential electricity network. Suburbs in this area include:

  • Coffs Harbour
  • Boambee
  • Corindi
  • Emerald Beach
  • Moonee Beach
  • Red Rock
  • Toormina
  • Woolgoolga

Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga is on the Essential electricity network. Here are the major suburbs in Wagga Wagga and the surrounds:

  • Ashmont
  • Bourkelands
  • Estella
  • Forest Hill
  • Glenfield Park
  • Kooringal
  • Lake Albert
  • Mount Austin
  • Springvale
  • Tatton
  • Tolland
  • Turvey Park
  • Wagga Wagga


Maitland is on the Ausgrid electricity network, covering the following suburbs and surrounds:

  • Bolwarra
  • Largs
  • Lochinvar
  • Lorn
  • Rutherford
  • Thornton
  • Woodberry


The Essential Energy electricity network covers Bathurst, including the following suburbs:

  • Abercrombie Estate
  • Eglington
  • Gormans Hill
  • Kelso
  • Llanarth
  • South Bathurst
  • Windradyne


The Shoalhaven region falls on the Endeavour Energy electricity network. Here are the major towns and suburbs in Shoalhaven:

  • Bawley Point
  • Bendalong
  • Currarong
  • Kangaroo Valley
  • Manyana
  • Milton
  • Nowra
  • Sanctuary Point
  • Shoalhaven Heads
  • Ulladulla


Famous for its country music festival, Tamworth is situated on the Essential Energy electricity network. Here are the main suburbs covered by the Essential Energy network in Tamworth:

  • Calala
  • East Tamworth
  • Hillvue
  • North Tamworth
  • South Tamworth
  • Taminda
  • West Tamworth

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie falls on the Essential Energy electricity network. Some of the suburbs and neighbouring towns include:

  • Camden Haven
  • Crescent Head
  • Flynns Beach
  • Gordon Street
  • Kempsey
  • King Creek
  • Sancrox
  • Shelley Beach
  • Town Beach

Important Notes

Canstar Blue surveyed 12,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who live in New South Wales, have an electricity account, and pay the bills – in this case, 2,666 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.


Winner: Red Energy


Winner: Red Energy


Winner: Red Energy


Winner: Red Energy


Winner: Red Energy


Winner: Red Energy

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