Typically, in a functional and competitive market, there are benefits to energy deregulation. It gives consumers the power of choice, and competition between energy companies can help drive prices down. Electricity providers may even offer other perks like discounts on movie tickets or other incentives.
However, there is no getting around the vast distances in WA.
These distances would normally drive up the cost of electricity. However, the market is regulated, so prices are similar whether you’re in Perth, Broome or all the way out at Balgo. This means you won’t be penalised for electricity use based merely on your geography.
The Western Australian Government has a number of concessions available:
N.B. Information collated March 2021
Read more about rebates and concessions you may be eligible for and senior discounts you could be entitled to. Concession cards can include Pensioner Concession Cards, Senior’s Cards, Commonwealth Seniors Health Cards, Health Care Cards, and Department of Veteran Affairs Gold Cards. You can learn more about these concessions, and other utility concessions, with the state government’s list.
In WA, energy mostly comes from fossil fuels. In 2018-19 the state’s energy consumption consisted of:
Yes, there are solar feed-in tariffs available for those with solar energy at home. There are eligibility requirements to access these tariffs, which are part of the state’s Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme (DEBS).
Typically, electricity customers in WA receive their electricity bills once every three months, though you may be able to choose to be billed monthly instead.
Gas customers will typically receive their bill every 105 days.
You may be able to choose your gas provider, certainly. You can choose gas plans from the following providers (depending on your location, not all plans or providers may be available):
Synergy (if you use more than a set amount each year)
N.B. Information accurate as of March 2021.
Western Power is the distributor that manages the network of powerlines within the SWIS region. In the SWIS region, electricity is generated by Synergy, transferred along the network operated by Western Power, and then sold on to customers by Synergy or other providers (if the consumer has a contestable meter).
Outside of the SWIS region, Horizon Power is responsible for generating, distributing and selling energy for consumers.
ATCO operates three gas distribution systems across Western Australia and provides gas to 750,000 homes and businesses across the state. These distribution systems include The Mid-West and South-West systems, the Kalgoorlie Gas Distribution System and the Albany Gas Distribution System.4
Through 140,00km of pipeline, ATCO already services parts of Perth, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Albany and Brunswick, with gas connections soon to be available to other communities, including Upper Swan, Whitby and Two Rocks.
Gas retailers including Synergy, AGL and Alinta Energy sell this energy to homes and businesses across the state and manage your gas account.
1. Electricity industry – Western Australian Government. 2020
2. Household gas pricing. Energy Policy WA, Government of Western Australia. 2020.
3. Can I choose my retailer? Economic Regulation Authority. 2018.
4. Atco – About the network – Accessed 07/04/2021