Origin Energy

Origin Energy is the largest energy provider in Australia. Find out more about Origin and how their energy prices compare to others here through Savvy’s energy review.  

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, updated on August 14th, 2023       

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Origin Energy is Australia’s largest energy producer and integrated distributor and retailer. It was formed in 2000 as a result of a spin-off from Boral and a subsequent merger with SAGASCO, the South Australian Gas Company. 

In March 2023, Origin Energy accepted a rumoured $18 billion takeover offer from Brookfield Asset Management and MidOcean, in payment for its integrated gas and energy market business. The proposed sale and division of Origin Energy between these two entities is now subject to a decision from the ACCC as to whether the sale will be allowed to proceed. 

Origin Energy operates some of Australia’s largest coal-fired and natural gas-fired power stations. However, it has pledged to have net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and is currently embarking on an energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.   

Disclaimer: Please note that Savvy does not represent Origin Energy for their retail energy products. All listed information is correct as of August 2023 but subject to change.

Which states or territories does Origin Energy operate in?

Currently, Origin Energy offers electricity plans in:

  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • ACT
  • WA (gas only)

What is the size of Origin Energy in comparison to other energy retailers?

According to the Australian Energy Regulator’s latest report (Q2 2022/2023), Origin Energy now has over 1.8 million retail electricity customers, and 600,600 gas customers, making them the largest retail energy company in Australia. They hold 26.9% of electricity retail market share, and 26.3% of gas market share. 

Pros and cons of using Origin Energy as your energy provider​

  • Wide variety of different energy plans to choose from 
  • Option to earn Everyday Rewards points with some plans
  • Well-designed phone app for keeping track of your energy bills 
  • Monthly billing option standard, bill smoothing available
  • No exit fees charged
  • Up to $150 credit offered on new electricity sign-ups
  • Several bundling plans available for gas and electricity
  • Bundling also available for energy and internet plans 
  • May not offer the cheapest energy plans 
  • Low feed-in tariffs on solar plans
  • Credit card fees applied for credit card payments
  • Very poor environmental record
  • Australia’s 4th biggest climate polluter
  • Operates Australia’s largest ‘dirty’ coal-burning power station
  • Plans to expand gas fracking in the NT 

How is Origin Energy rated as a green energy provider?

According to Greenpeace’s Green Electricity Guide, Origin Energy has a score of 1.6/10, ranking them No.29 out of 32 energy retailers.*

Their scores for specific criteria are:

  • Providing clean, renewable energy: 0%
  • Ending coal use by 2030: 0%
  • Halting fossil fuel expansion: 0%
  • Support for new renewable energy 80%
  • Pollution & environmental harm: 0%
  • Transparency in marketing:  80%

*Information from Greenpeace’s Green Electricity Guide is current as of August 2023, but subject to change.

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More questions about Origin Energy

What other services does Origin Energy offer?

As well as gas and electricity and solar plans, Origin offers bundled plans including solar battery installation and internet services. It also retails split system air conditioning systems, and installs and repairs hot water services in most states.  

Does Origin Energy offer the option to join a Virtual Power Plant (VPP)?

Yes, Origin’s Loop VPP of connected solar systems and batteries contributed more than 258 million watts of electricity to Australia’s power supply in 2022, helping to supply additional electricity at peak demand times on the national grid. 

Who is eligible to join Origin Loop VPP?

Origin customers in NSW, SA, VIC, QLD or the ACT who have a Tesla Powerwall 2, Sungrow or similar battery, connected to a solar system of at least 5kWh may be eligible to join the Loop. In return, you’ll receive a $400 sign-up bonus credit on your first electricity bill. 

Does Origin Energy offer GreenPower electricity plans?

Yes. They are an accredited GreenPower retailer. The GreenPower rates they offer are: 

  • 25% GreenPower, weekly estimated price of $1.85 (estimate based on 30 kWh a day at $0.0088 c/kWh)
  • 50% GreenPower, weekly estimated price of $1.65 (estimate based on 5,000 kWh of annual usage at $0.0175 c/kWh)
  • 100% GreenPower, weekly estimated price of $3.35 ((estimate based on 5,000 kWh of annual usage at $0.035 c/kWh) 

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