Customers in South East Queensland are able to choose their electricity retailer. This means you can shop around for an electricity retail offer that suits your household or small business.
There are many ways to shop around for electricity. Just remember:
You do have a ten day cooling off period if you change your mind.
Some offers may include a pay on time discount or require you to enter into a direct debit arrangement to receive a greater discount. Other offers may pay you different feed-in-tariffs for rooftop solar. Offers may also include late payment or other fees.
Different conditions apply to different offers so it is important to read the offer conditions before you enter into a new contract.
You can switch retailers if you already have the Solar Bonus Scheme that closed on 10 July 2012 provided you maintain your eligibility.
Retail electricity prices in South East Queensland (SEQ) will be deregulated from 1 July 2016. Over time, electricity retailers are expected to provide customers with a greater range of offers following deregulation. This means that electricity customers in SEQ (i.e. Energex’s network service area) will increasingly have more choice.
Regional customers outside of SEQ (see below) are not affected by these changes.
The Queensland Government has launched a comprehensive electricity consumer education campaign to help customers shop around for a better electricity deal. Visit qld.gov.au/energysave to see how shopping around is not hard, doesn’t take long and could save you money.
To receive updates, you can also follow the Department of Energy and Water Supply on social media.
And remember to regularly shop around to make sure you are always on the best electricity plan for your circumstances.
Ergon Energy is a government-owned, non-competitive electricity retailer and may only charge its customers the notified prices (i.e. no market contracts, no discounts).