Queensland Energy Rates Explained

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Since retail electricity prices were deregulated in 2016, South East Queensland has experienced a surge in competition. With more than 25 energy retailers open for business in the Sunshine State, it’s no wonder Queenslanders aren’t settling for less when it comes to paying for power. Yet, with so many deals on offer, how do you know which plans have cheap electricity rates?

Behind any discount, promotional offer or sign-up credit, the base rates of your energy plan will generally have the biggest impact on your bills. That’s why it’s worth diving a little deeper into the fine print, otherwise what looked like a good deal on paper could end up being a dud once that first bill arrives. In this article, we list usage and supply rates from retailers currently operating in Brisbane on the Energex network. Use our comparison tool below for specific rates in your area.

Electricity Rates QLD

Here are the general usage rates and daily supply charges for customers in South East Queensland. These electricity rates are based on residential customers in Brisbane on the Energex network. We list the rates of the cheapest published deal available on our database from each retailer for single rate tariffs only.

Electricity Provider Electricity Plan General Usage Rate Daily Supply Charge
AGL Essentials Plus 20.19¢/kWh 92.58¢/day
Alinta Energy Home Deal 19.28¢/kWh 97.90¢/day
Amber Electric Amber Plan 24.23¢/kWh 124.80¢/kWh
Bright Spark Power Aussie Flat Rate Plan 19.99¢/kWh 99.00¢/day
CovaU Freedom Plus 23.38¢/kWh 108.90¢/day
Diamond Energy Everyday Renewable Saver 24.59¢/kWh 107.25¢/day
Discover Energy Smart Saver 26.28¢/kWh 82.01¢/day
Dodo Market Offer 22.89¢/kWh 109.51¢/day
Electricity In A Box Home Anytime 19.71¢/kWh 94.13¢/day
Elysian Energy Super Simple Plan 16.50¢/kWh 93.50¢/day
EnergyAustralia Total Plan Home 24.93¢/kWh 99.00¢/day
Energy Locals Online Member 19.00¢/kWh 73.00¢/day
Future X Power Smart Flat 19.35¢/kWh 98.30¢/day
GloBird Energy GloSave 17.60¢/kWh 93.50¢/day
Glow Power Everyday Saver 19.31¢/kWh 98.31¢/day
Kogan Energy Market Offer 16.97¢/kWh 116.23¢/day
LPE Mates Rate 18.96¢/kWh 112.50¢/day
Mojo Power All Day Breakfast 16.83¢/kWh 74.80¢/day
Momentum Energy Self Serve 17.46¢/kWh 93.97¢/day
Nectr Friends Clean 19.47¢/kWh 96.69¢/day
Origin Energy Everyday Rewards 19.87¢/kWh 92.54¢/day
OVO Energy The One Plan 19.47¢/kWh 84.70¢/day
Powerclub Powerbank Home Flat 17.77¢/kWh 96.19¢/day
Powerdirect Rate Saver 20.25¢/kWh 66.13¢/day
Powershop Shopper Market Offer 20.83¢/kWh 112.06¢/day
QEnergy Home Your Way 23.77¢/kWh 113.51¢/day
Radian Energy Grid To Go 19.95¢/kWh 97.44¢/day
ReAmped Energy ReAmped Advance 16.49¢/kWh 76.56¢/day
Red Energy Living Energy Saver 22.44¢/kWh 103.40¢/day
Simply Energy Simply Blue 24.75¢/kWh 101.22¢/day
Sumo Sumo Assure Advantage 18.70¢/kWh 93.50¢/day
1st Energy 1st Saver 22.64¢/kWh 125.40¢/day
Basic Plan Information Documents

Rates accurate as of June 2021.

Compare QLD Electricity Prices

Energy rates will likely dictate the bulk of what Queenslanders pay in terms of overall price. So, to give you an idea of what a typical household will pay in yearly electricity costs, we’ve calculated the rates from some of the cheapest deals on our database.

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 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 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 SE QLD. These are products from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex energy 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 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 SE QLD. These are products from a referral partner†. 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 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 SE QLD. These are products from a referral partner†. 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 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.

Electricity usage costs (per kWh) in QLD

As the name suggests, usage costs refer to the energy rates you pay for using power in your home. Electricity usage charges are calculated in kilowatt hours (kWh), and depending on the plan, will be between 18c/kWh and 25c/kWh in Queensland. Usage charges are generally the largest component of your energy bill, especially if your household consumes a lot of power.

Where are usage rates found on a bill?

Electricity usage rates are usually located in the breakdown or summary of your energy bill. In the below example, you’ll notice the usage rate is referred to as ‘Total Anytime’ and is 25c/kWh. Keep in mind that some retailers call usage charges by a different name, such as ‘peak usage’ or ‘anytime usage’.

Electricity Usage Charges example bill

Electricity supply costs in QLD

Electricity supply charges refer to the cost of power being supplied to your home. These costs are a fixed fee and tend to sit around 90c to $1.20 a day, which can add up over a monthly or quarterly billing cycle. That’s why it’s a good idea to check the supply rates of any plan before signing up.

Where are supply charges found on a bill?

Like the usage costs, supply rates are normally found in the breakdown of charges on your bill. The example below has a supply charge of $1.007 a day, but remember that other retailers may call it under a different name, like ‘fixed daily charge’.

Electricity Supply Charges bill example

What about energy rates in regional QLD?

What sets Queensland apart from the rest is that only the south east is deregulated, while energy prices in regional QLD are regulated. This means that residential customers outside of South East QLD are not able to choose their energy provider and will likely be connected to Ergon Energy. To see which power rates regional QLD customers pay, read our page here.

How to find a plan with cheap energy rates in QLD

Energy customers in South East QLD have plenty of choices when it comes to picking a retailer, many of which offer cheap electricity rates. Just be sure to check all the details of a plan before signing up. That way you’ll be in a position to find a deal that’s suitable to your household’s needs. Rather than scanning multiple retailer websites, jump into our comparison tool and start comparing a range of prices and products side by side.

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