Alinta Energy is in the top eight leading energy companies in Australia, both generating and supplying electricity and natural gas to residential and commercial customers. It is owned by the Hong-Kong based company Chow Tai Fook Enterprises (CTFE). It operates in both Australia and New Zealand.
As well as owning the controversial Loy Yang B brown coal-burning power station in Victoria, Alinta Energy also owns several other natural gas and distillate-fuelled power stations. These include Port Hedland, Newman, Pinjarra, Wagerup, Braemar, and Bairnsdale, as well as the Glenbrook Power Station in NZ. It has a power generation portfolio of up to 1,957 MW, making it one of the largest generators of electricity in Australia.
However, the company is also moving towards a cleaner future for power generation and has committed to invest in 1,500MW of large-scale renewable energy projects by 2025. These include wind farms, battery storage and a solar-gas hybrid project.
Which states or territories does Alinta Energy operate in?
Currently, Alinta Energy offers electricity, gas and solar energy plans in:
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Western Australia (gas only)
What is the size of Alinta Energy in comparison to other energy retailers?
According to the Australian Energy Regulator’s latest report (Q2 2022/2023), Alinta Energy now has over 366,520 retail electricity customers, and they command around 5.40% of the electricity retail market share. They have about 84,300 gas customers, representing 3.7% of the retail gas market share.
Pros and cons of using Alinta Energy as your energy provider
- Offers a wide range of gas and electricity plans to choose from
- Many of their electricity plans are competitively priced
- A rewards program offering discounts on shopping, dining and theme parks and zoos
- Option to get a free subscription to sports live streaming service Kayo
- Some generous feed-in solar tariffs
- Very poor environmental record, with no plans to stop burning coal until 2047
- No mobile app to help keep track of energy consumption
- Some of their gas plans are on par with the reference price, making them among the more-pricy energy plans
- No lock-in contracts so prices can fluctuate
- No dedicated solar or electric vehicle plans
How is Alinta Energy rated as a green energy provider?
According to Greenpeace’s Green Electricity Guide, Alinta Energy has a score of 3.14/10. It is rated No. 26 out of 32 energy providers in the nation. This low ranking is due to the fact it runs a large coal-burning power station in VIC, plus several gas-fired power stations, and plans to burn coal until 2047. Greenpeace ranks Alinta Energy as the 7th biggest climate polluter in Australia. *
Their scores for these specific criteria are:
- Providing clean, renewable energy: 0%
- Ending coal use by 2030: 0%
- Halting fossil fuel expansion: 100%
- Support for new renewable energy: 66%
- Pollution & environmental harm: 0%
- Transparency in marketing: 30%
*Information from Greenpeace’s Green Electricity Guide is current as of August 2023, but subject to change
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