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What different types of energy plans are available in South Australia?
South Australia offers a range of energy plans with different types of tariffs to cater to different consumer needs. The first decision you’ll need to make is between a standard retail contract, and a market retail contract. This applies to both electricity and gas plans.
Standard retail contract
This type of plan comes with set terms and conditions and prices. Crucially, under this contract, you’re able to switch to a different contract at any point without having to pay any exit fees. However, they tend to come with higher tariffs, though these can only be changed every six months.
Market retail contract
These plans are created by individual retailers and tend to offer lower tariffs, renewable energy options and discount packages. They usually have a fixed term (for example, one or two years) and exit fees will be charged if you break a market contract before its expiry date.
Once you’ve decided between a standard or a market retail contract, there are also other possibilities available to choose:
- Solar electricity plans: These are designed for households that have solar panels installed. They offer feed-in tariffs for surplus energy exported to the grid, helping to offset electricity costs.
- Green plans: Green energy plans enable consumers to support renewable energy by purchasing a percentage of their electricity from certified renewable sources.
- Carbon-neutral plans: These plans not only support renewable energy but also offset the carbon emissions associated with energy consumption, promoting environmental sustainability.
Savvy is here to help you make an informed decision when comparing electricity and gas plans. By carefully comparing energy plans through us, we can help you find the best possible options for your individual needs.
What factors should I consider when choosing an energy plan in South Australia?
When selecting an energy plan in SA, consider these factors:
- Cost compared to reference price: the reference price is an average price for a typical household in your specific area. By comparing different plans against the reference price, it’s possible to get a clear idea of which plan may be the cheapest
- Energy usage pattern: analyse your energy consumption pattern to help you choose a plan that best aligns with the time of day that you use most power
- Tariffs: compare the different tariff pricing structures available with energy plans. Compare time of use plans, which have different rates for peak, off-peak, and shoulder periods, allowing consumers to take advantage of lower rates during specific times.
- Renewable energy options: if sustainability is important to you, explore plans which offer a higher proportion of renewable energy or include carbon-neutral offsets
- Contract terms: look at the contract duration and terms and conditions associated with the plan to ensure they suit your preferences and circumstances
- Fees: look at the basic supply charge and compare fees for things like late payment, paper bills, using a credit card and early exit from a market plan
Who are the current energy distributors in South Australia?
The main electricity distributor in South Australia is SA Power Networks (formerly known as ETSA.) This is the company which maintains all the power lines and electricity infrastructure in SA.
South Australia’s main gas distributor is Australian Gas Networks Ltd (formerly known as Envestra.)
Energy distributors are the companies who are responsible for delivering gas and electricity to our homes and businesses. They own and maintain all the powerlines, poles, pipes and meters which deliver energy to our homes.
On the other hand, energy retailers buy power from the generators, and then sell it on to customers at a higher price. They pay the energy distributors to use their infrastructure. The cost for using powerlines and gas pipes is collected by the retailers (in a billing cost called the ‘supply charge’), who then pay the distributors for using their infrastructure.
Therefore, if you experience a power supply issue (for instance, an electrical power cut or a gas leak) it is the energy distributor you will need to contact to get the issue fixed, not the retailer that you buy your energy from.
Who are the energy retailers in SA?
The electricity retailers in South Australia are:
- 1st Energy
- Diamond Energy
- Energy Australia
- Energy Locals
- GloBird Energy
- Lumo Energy
- momentum energy
- Next Business Energy
- Reamped Energy
- Red Energy
- Simply Energy
- The People's Grid
- ZEN Energy
Gas providers in South Australia include:
- Alinta Energy
- Energy Australia
- GloBird Energy
- Lumo Energy
- Red Energy
- Simply Energy
* The above list of suppliers was compiled from the Australia Government’s EnergyMadeEasy website and is accurate as of July 2023.
What help is available with power bills from the State Government in SA?
Standard energy concession
The South Australian state government offers assistance and rebates on electricity bills for those who are on a low or fixed income, and who hold a concession card or are in receipt of Centrelink assistance. The standard energy concession is up to a maximum of $263.15c (as from July 1st 2023.) This will apply to those who are in receipt of the following payments:
Eligible Centrelink payments:
- JobSeeker Payment
- Youth Allowance
- Partner Allowance
- Parenting Payment
- Special Benefit
- Community Development Program (CDP)
- Farm Household Allowance (FHA)
- War widow pension under legislation of the United Kingdom or New Zealand.
To be eligible to receive energy discounts, you will need to be the holder of one of the following cards:
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Low income Health Care Card
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
SA Concessions Energy Discount Offer (SACEDO)
Extra discounts are available if your retailer is Origin Energy and you already receive the standard energy concession. The SACEDO includes:
- a guaranteed ongoing 17% off electricity usage and supply charges (Origin will provide customers 90 days' notice of any changes)
- a guaranteed ongoing 11% off natural gas usage and supply charges
- flexible payment options
- no late payment, processing, paper bill, credit card or exit fees.
Energy Bill Relief Plan
The Energy Bill Relief Plan announced in the 2023 SA State Budget may also offer pensioners and concession card holders further help with the cost of their energy bills.
This assistance is in addition to the rebates described above. The assistance available is up to $500 per household for retail electricity bills, with small businesses also eligible to receive a rebate of up to $650.
*All information is correct as of June 2023, but subject to change.
Types of energy plan
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