Tango Energy

Tango Energy is one of the smaller and lesser-known 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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, updated on August 14th, 2023       

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Tango Energy is the retail arm of Pacific Blue, which was formerly known as Pacific Hydro. This is a very green energy provider headquartered in Melbourne. However, both these companies are now owned by China's State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC). This corporation operates power generation plants in a total of 46 countries around the world, including nuclear, coal and gas plants. However, it also invests extensively in hydroelectricity, solar and wind generation, plus geothermal power. 

Pacific Blue owns a number of wind farms in Australia including Codrington, Challicum, Clements Gap, Portland and Taralga Wind Farms. It also owns and operates a number of hydroelectric power generation systems, including the Ord River Hydro Power Station, the Eildon Pondage Power Station, the Lake Glenmaggie Power Station and the William Hovell Power Station. 

Tango Energy and its sister company Pacific Blue now offer retail, commercial and industrial energy plans in four states of Australia.

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

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In which states or territories does Tango Energy operate in?

Currently, Tango Energy offers electricity plans in:

  • New South Wales
  • Victoria (natural gas and electricity)
  • Queensland
  • South Australia

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

According to the Australian Energy Regulator’s latest report (Q2 2022/2023), Tango Energy now has over 8,590 retail electricity customers, and they command around 0.1% of the electricity retail market share.

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

  • Its sister company Pacific Blue owns extensive wind and hydroelectricity generation facilities 
  • Customer service facilities based in Victoria 
  • Also offers the installation of solar rooftop systems
  • Generous feed-in tariffs offered on some solar plans in VIC
  • Fixed rates for up to 12 months are offered with some plans
  • Its parent company SPIC has a questionable environmental record
  • May charge a fee to send paper bills  
  • No energy plans offered in ACT, NT, WA or TAS 
  • Very limited choice of gas plans offered in Victoria 
  • No mobile app, and no way to monitor your energy usage
  • Currently not offering solar plans in QLD or SA

How is Tango Energy rated as a green energy provider?

According to Greenpeace’s Green Electricity Guide, Tango Energy has a score of 6.49/10 overall. This perhaps unexpected lower score is due to the fact that Tango Energy’s parent company SPIC is involved in coal mining and does not have a transparent environmental record.  

Their scores for these specific criteria are: 

  • Providing clean, renewable energy: 100%
  • Ending coal use by 2030: 100%
  • Halting fossil fuel expansion: 0%
  • Support for new renewable energy: 66%
  • 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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More of your questions about Tango Energy

Is Tango Energy GreenPower accredited?

Yes, the company is GreenPower accredited, although it includes GreenPower costs as part of its energy plans, and doesn’t offer them as an additional extra. 

Does Tango offer both fixed-price plans and variable rate electricity plans?

Yes, it is possible to get both fixed-rate electricity plans valid for up to a year, or a variable-rate electricity plan with no lock-in contract. A variable rate contract means you can change to another retailer at any time with no exit fees if you choose to switch energy plans

Does Tango Energy offer any discounts on its electricity rates if you pay on time?

No, Tango Energy doesn’t offer pay-on-time discounts. However, it’s prices are generally below the AER reference price or the Victorian Default Offer, which means they offer good value compared to other electricity plans on offer. 

Are solar feed-in electricity plans available with Tango Energy?

Yes, Tango Energy currently offers a feed-in tariff of 4.9c/kWh to Victorian customers. However, they do not currently offer a solar feed-in tariff to new customers in QLD, SA or NSW (information current as of August 2023 but subject to change.)  

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