Alinta Energy

Alinta Energy is one of the larger energy providers in Australia. Read more about them and find out how green they are here through Savvy’s energy review.  

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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. 

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Which states or territories does Alinta Energy operate in?

Currently, Alinta Energy offers electricity, gas and solar energy plans in:

  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • Queensland
  • 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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More of your questions about Alinta Energy

How can I get a Kayo sport subscription plan through Alinta Energy?

The free subscription to Kayo is available through Alinta Energy’s Sports Pack Energy Plan. This includes a basic subscription to Kayo for 12 months, as long as you sign up to Alinta’s Sport Pack Energy Plan. For a premium subscription, the cost is $5 a month for as long as you have a Sport Pack plan.  

Is the Alinta Energy Rewards Program worth it?

The rewards program offered by Alinta Energy tends to concentrate on luxury spending items, rather than day-to-day groceries or fuel. Discounts and vouchers to fun parks, theme parks, zoos and concerts are really only worth it if you were intending to purchase tickets for such events anyway. However, it’s also possible to get good discounts on electronics and movie tickets too. 

Does Alinta Energy offer competitive solar feed-in tariff rates?

Yes, some of the feed-in tariff rates on offer from Alinta compare very reasonably with other retailers, for example, it is offering 8c/kWh in SA and QLD, and 6.7c/kWh in NSW and VIC, current as of August 2023.  

Does Alinta Energy offer GreenPower options on any of its plans?

No, Alinta Energy is not a GreenPower-accredited energy provider for retail customers. 

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