Actewagl is a 50/50 partnership between the Actew Corporation, owned by the Australian Capital Territory Government, and AGL, Australia’s largest electricity generator. The Actew Corporation has now changed its name to Icon Water.
This joint venture was formed in 2000, and has two divisions, distribution and retailing. On the distribution side, ActewAGL is partnered with Jemena, which supplies the corporation with gas. This partnership subsequently changed its name to Evoenergy, and is now responsible for the operation and maintenance of the electricity and gas network in the ACT. Electricity is supplied by NSW Electricity Networks, which forms part of Australia’s national electricity grid.
The company supplies a range of gas and electricity plans to residents in the ACT, but also parts of NSW. It is involved in a variety of innovative renewable energy projects, and as a corporation is certified carbon neutral. It also sells and installs solar panels and battery storage in the ACT through its partner Solarhub.
Which states or territories does ActewAGL supply power to?
Currently the company offers gas and electricity plans in:
- ACT (Canberra)
- Parts of New South Wales (including Queanbeyan, Shoalhaven and other areas in south-east NSW)
How big a retailer is ActewAGL compared to other energy retailers?
According to the Australian Energy Regulator’s latest report (Q2 2022/2023), ActewAGL now has over 172,600 retail electricity customers, making them the 8th largest retail electricity company in Australia. They control 2.5% of retail market share overall. However, in the ACT they have over 73.2% of the electricity market share, making them the dominant electricity supplier in that state.
As for gas customers, they have around 112,500 customers, representing 4.9% of the market share overall. Again, in the ACT, their gas market share is up to 74.6%, so they are again the largest supplier of gas contracts.
What are some of the pros and cons of using ActewAGL as your energy provider?
- Accredited GreenPower energy supplier
- Option to pay for up to 200% carbon offset – at a price
- Offers a range of plans including solar electricity
- Comparatively generous solar feed-in tariff
- Discounts available for bundling gas and electricity
- Poor environmental record, as the company is half-owned by AGL
- Some plans are on par with the reference price, meaning they do not offer the best value
- Daily supply charges are not among the cheapest
- No phone app to monitor electricity usage
- GreenChoice Plan options can be very expensive
How is Actewagl rated as a green energy provider?
According to Greenpeace’s Green Electricity Guide, ActewAGL has a score of 1.29/10 overall. This is due to the fact they are 50% owned by AGL, which Greenpeace describes as Australia's biggest climate polluter. They say that while AGL owns and invests in renewable assets, currently 83% of AGL’s generation comes from burning coal.*
Their scores for these specific criteria are:
- Providing clean, renewable energy: 0%
- Ending coal use by 2030: 0%
- Halting fossil fuel expansion: 0%
- Support for new renewable energy: 86%
- Pollution & environmental harm: 0%
- Transparency in marketing: 0%
*Information from Greenpeace’s Green Electricity Guide is current as of August 2023, but subject to change
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