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Energy Locals Review and Rates

Energy Locals is an Australian-owned provider taking on the big guys. The retailer supplies power to homes and businesses across New South Wales, Victoria, South-East Queensland, South Australia, the ACT and Tasmania. Unlike most retailers Energy Locals claims it does not profit from usage. Instead, the provider gives customers access to fixed wholesale electricity rates for a reasonable fixed monthly membership fee. As a result, Energy Locals’ rates are generally some of the most competitive in market.

With a focus on fairness and the fight against climate change, all of its plans are 100% carbon neutral at no extra cost. Energy Locals has also partnered with Tesla to build a Virtual Power Plant in South Australia and Victoria.

Energy Locals Prices

NSW

Here are the Energy Locals 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.

Victoria

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

QLD

Here are the Energy Locals 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. 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.

SA

Here are the Energy Locals plans on our database for South Australia. These are products from a referral partner†. 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.

TAS

Here are the cheapest published deals from Energy Locals currently on our database for Tasmania. These are products from a referral partner†. These costs are based on a household with an annual electricity usage of 6775kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff at a selected postcode in Tasmania, but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. 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.

Energy Locals Plans

Energy Locals currently promotes two or three residential electricity market offers, but they may not all be available in every state.

Online Member/Online Member 2022

The Online Member plan gives customers access to wholesale electricity prices for a small membership fee. As the name suggests, this deal requires direct debit payment and depending on the state, may come with free membership off the first six months. The Online Member is available in Victoria, while the Online Member 2022 is offered in NSW, QLD, SA and the ACT.

Local Member

Available to NSW, Victoria, QLD, SA, TAS and the ACT, the Local Member plan also gives customers access to wholesale energy rates for a monthly membership fee. It also comes with free membership for the first six months, with the exclusion of Victoria. Local Member has no credit card fees or exit fees.

 

The retailer also offers a solar battery specific energy plan in partnership with Tesla, for customers in South Australia and Victoria. For more information on this product, visit out our Tesla energy plan page.

Energy Locals Rates

Below you can see the expected annual costs of the Energy Locals products in NSW, VIC, QLD and SA, straight from Canstar Blue’s comprehensive electricity price comparison too. These calculations are based on selected postcodes in each state. Use our comparison tool near the top of this review for a specific quote in your area.

Energy Locals Prices NSW

In the table below, we show Energy Locals 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 $1,393/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Online Member 2022 23% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,070
Local Member 9% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,270
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. September 2021.

See how Energy Locals compares to other providers in NSW with our state price comparison report.

Energy Locals Prices VIC

In the table below, we show Energy Locals 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 $1,336/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Plan Difference from VDO› Conditional Discounts Price Estimate˜
Online Member 14% Less Than VDO No conditional discounts $1,154
Local Member 6% Less Than VDO No conditional discounts $1,262
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. September 2021.

See how Energy Locals stacks up to other electricity retailers in the state with our Victoria cost comparison report.

Energy Locals Prices QLD

In the table below, we show Energy Locals 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 $1,455/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Online Member 2022 18% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,193
Local Member 2% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,421
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. September 2021.

How does Energy Locals compare to other retailers in Queensland? See our QLD price comparison page.

Energy Locals Prices SA

In the table below, we show Energy Locals 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 $1,716/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area.

Electricity Plan Difference from Reference Price^ Conditional Discounts Price Estimate*
Online Member 2022 21% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,361
Local Member 10% Less Than Reference Price No conditional discounts $1,548
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. September 2021.

How does Energy Locals stack up in South Australia? Find out with our SA price comparison report.

Energy Locals Solar

Energy Locals offer a fairly reasonable solar feed-in tariff across the states it operates in. Here’s what prospective solar customers can expect on a market offer in each state:

  • NSW: 7c/kWh
  • VIC: 7c/kWh
  • QLD: 6c/kWh
  • SA: 7c/kWh
  • TAS: 6.6c/kWh
  • ACT: 7c/kWh

Energy Locals GreenPower

Energy Locals also offers four GreenPower plans, with the option to have 10%, 50% or 100% of your electricity usage matched with renewable electricity purchases in exchange for slightly higher rates listed below:

  • 10% GreenPower – $0.0039 per unit of usage
  • 50% GreenPower – $0.0195 per unit of usage
  • 100% GreenPower – $0.039 per unit of usage

The prices for GreenPower above may differ in Victoria.

If minimising your carbon footprint is important to you, you’ll be interested to know that Energy Locals is a carbon neutral organisation. By purchasing and surrendering Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), recognised under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS), equal to its expected emissions over the next year, Energy Locals can boast a net carbon emission of zero.

Is Energy Locals right for me?

Energy Locals states it passes on the cheapest electricity rates they can and carbon offsets all usage, which is a massive drawcard not only for customers looking to unlock prices at the wholesale rate, but also those who are conscious of the environment. For customers who are simply looking for the best deal on price, it’s important you compare retailers and understand your options. Get started with Canstar Blue’s reviews and ratings.

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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.