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Powerdirect Review

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A subsidiary of AGL Energy, Powerdirect claims to offer a streamlined power solution for homeowners and business customers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. Read below to learn more.

How to get connected to Powerdirect?

To compare your Powerdirect Rates with rates from our providers please submit your details above or feel free to call us on 1300 232 848 to have one of our Electricity brokers help you find a better deal today.

Victoria

In the table below, you’ll find a comprehensive breakdown of Powerdirect’s power & gas plans offered in Victoria. These rates are updated on a regular basis and may be subject to change. Plan prices are listed in order from lowest to highest. Be sure to check the details of the plan before making a purchase decision or give us a call at Electricity Monster.

Electricity

Based on usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff in the Citipower network, the VDO reference price is: $1,336 / year ?

Electricity plans are now compared to a regulated price called the Victorian Default Offer (VDO). This makes it easier to compare energy plans across the market. The VDO comparison and annual estimate is calculated based on an average usage customer.

What's included in the price/year estimate

  • GST (unless otherwise stated)
  • Any advertised non-conditional discounts (e.g. guaranteed discount)
  • Includes any one-off credits

What's not included in the price/year estimate

  • Conditional discounts (e.g. pay on time discount)
  • Green energy charges
  • Any concessions or rebates which may apply to you
  • Solar feed-in tariff credits that your solar system could generate

The VDO comparison will differ based on tariff type and location (distribution area). Your actual energy bill may be significantly different to these estimates if your usage differs from the average amounts used in this calculation.

Plan Name % Below VDO* Price/year (Est.)
Powerdirect VICPowerdirect VIC

Rate Saver
9% $1,145

New South Wales

In the table below, you’ll find a comprehensive breakdown of Powerdirect’s power & gas plans offered in NSW. These rates are updated on a regular basis and may be subject to change. Plan prices are listed in order from lowest to highest. Be sure to check the details of the plan before making a purchase decision or give us a call at Electricity Monster.

Electricity

Based on usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff in the Ausgrid network, the DMO reference price is: $1,393 / year ?

Electricity plans are now compared to a government reference price. This makes it easier to compare energy plans across the market. The reference price comparison and annual estimate is calculated based on an average usage customer.

What's included in the discount and the price/year estimate

  • GST (unless otherwise stated)
  • Any advertised non-conditional discounts (e.g. guaranteed discount)
  • Includes any one-off credits

What's not included

  • Conditional discounts (e.g. pay on time discount)
  • Green energy charges
  • Any concessions or rebates which may apply to you
  • Solar feed-in tariff credits that your solar system could generate

The reference price comparison will differ based on tariff type and location (distribution area). Your actual energy bill may be significantly different to these estimates if your usage differs from the average amounts used in this calculation.

Plan Name % Below DMO* Price/year (Est.)
Powerdirect NSWPowerdirect NSW

Rate Saver
21% $1,103

South Australia

In the table below, you’ll find a comprehensive breakdown of Powerdirect’s power & gas plans offered in SA. These rates are updated on a regular basis and may be subject to change. Plan prices are listed in order from lowest to highest. Be sure to check the details of the plan before making a purchase decision or give us a call at Electricity Monster.

Electricity

Based on usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff in the SA Power Networks, the DMO reference price is: $1,716/ year ?

Electricity plans are now compared to a government reference price. This makes it easier to compare energy plans across the market. The reference price comparison and annual estimate is calculated based on an average usage customer.

What's included in the discount and the price/year estimate

  • GST (unless otherwise stated)
  • Any advertised non-conditional discounts (e.g. guaranteed discount)
  • Includes any one-off credits

What's not included

  • Conditional discounts (e.g. pay on time discount)
  • Green energy charges
  • Any concessions or rebates which may apply to you
  • Solar feed-in tariff credits that your solar system could generate

The reference price comparison will differ based on tariff type and location (distribution area). Your actual energy bill may be significantly different to these estimates if your usage differs from the average amounts used in this calculation.

Plan Name % Below DMO* Price/year (Est.)
Powerdirect SAPowerdirect SA

Rate Saver
9% $1,568

Queensland

In the table below, you’ll find a comprehensive breakdown of Powerdirect’s power & gas plans offered in Queensland. These rates are updated on a regular basis and may be subject to change. Plan prices are listed in order from lowest to highest. Be sure to check the details of the plan before making a purchase decision or give us a call at Electricity Monster.

Electricity

Based on usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff in the Energex network, the DMO reference price is: $1,455/ year ?

Electricity plans are now compared to a government reference price. This makes it easier to compare energy plans across the market. The reference price comparison and annual estimate is calculated based on an average usage customer.

What's included in the discount and the price/year estimate

  • GST (unless otherwise stated)
  • Any advertised non-conditional discounts (e.g. guaranteed discount)
  • Includes any one-off credits

What's not included

  • Conditional discounts (e.g. pay on time discount)
  • Green energy charges
  • Any concessions or rebates which may apply to you
  • Solar feed-in tariff credits that your solar system could generate

The reference price comparison will differ based on tariff type and location (distribution area). Your actual energy bill may be significantly different to these estimates if your usage differs from the average amounts used in this calculation.

Plan Name % Below DMO* Price/year (Est.)
Powerdirect QLDPowerdirect QLD

Rate Saver
19% $1,176

Powerdirect Business Electricity Plans

Powerdirect is widely known as a business energy specialist. This being said, customers can expect a standard plan similar to their residential ‘Rate Saver’ plan, but catered towards business owners. 

Are you wondering whether this plan is right for your business? As an owner, it’s vital that you take the necessary steps to find a suitable electricity plan for your business. However, this process can be particularly time-consuming, which is where we come in. At Electricity Monster, we compare prices between our partnered energy providers and work with you to find the right personalised energy and gas plan so you can focus on what matters most – your business.

Powerdirect’s Electricity Plans

Powerdirect currently offers a standard residential electricity plan for each state – known as their ‘Rate Saver’ plan. Available for households in VIC, NSW, QLD and SA, customers can enjoy a fixed rate and no exit fees, per Powerdirect.

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Powerdirect Solar Feed-In Tariffs

Powerdirect offers a number of competitive feed-in tariff rates for solar customers in VIC, NSW, WA, and QLD. The table below shows the current solar feed-in tariff rates broken down by state.

Solar Feed-in Tariffs

State Minimum Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Maximum Feed-in Tariff (kWh)
VIC 7.00 7.00
NSW 5.00 5.00
SA 8.00 8.00
QLD 5.00 5.00

Does Powerdirect Offer Solar?

Powerdirect currently does not offer any specific solar energy plans. Customers however, can take advantage of their solar feed-in tariffs for energy that goes back into the grid. Keep in mind a solar energy system must be installed in order to be eligible for feed-in tariffs. To learn more, contact the energy supplier directly.

How Green is Powerdirect?

Powerdirect took part in a study that focused on how current electricity providers in the Australian market are doing in regards to supporting a renewable future. Data drawn from the report “Alviss Consulting, 2018 Green Electricity Guide Methodology” was categorised into seven different criteria that measured important factors that enhanced/hindered green energy efforts such as carbon emissions, support for decarbonisation, and more. Each electricity retailer was then given an overall performance score alongside a star rating, indicative of how well they performed.

Powerdirect received a 5.5 out of 10 in overall performance. Albeit an average score, this was enough to land them in the mid- to high-tier of retailers mainly due to Powerdirect’s “strong public position against future investments in fossil fuels”.

Powerdirect’s shortcomings revolved around high emissions intensity and investments in coal power stations, via their parent company AGL Energy.

FeatureScore
Carbon Emissions3/10
Decarbonization10/10
Carbon Offset4.4/10
Renewable Energy4/10
Fossil Fuels8/10
Energy Efficiency & Demand Response/Management2.5/10
Transparency7.5/10

Powerdirect Service Area

Wondering whether Powerdirect services your state? In the table below, you’ll find a list of the current states that Powerdirect retails electricity and gas to. Want to learn more? Call us today and we’ll work with you to find a fair deal for a fair price.

State Electricity Gas
NSW Yes Yes
VIC Yes Yes
ACT No No
TAS No No
SA No No
QLD Yes Yes
NT No No
WA No No

Billing and Payment

Although Powerdirect does not offer online billing at the moment, there are numerous other flexible payment methods available. Some of these include:

  • Direct Debit / Credit Card
  • BPay
  • Phone
  • Mail
  • Post Office (or the Post Billpay website)
  • Centrepay

Bill Smoothing

Powerdirect offers a ‘bill smoothing’ option for customers who want to help budget better and avoid ‘bill shock’ throughout the year. By choosing this option, Powerdirect will estimate what your annual energy costs will be. You will then need to pay this amount in regular installments (i.e. monthly or fortnightly).

Need To Get Connected?

To organise a connection, or to compare Powerdirect rates call us on 1300 232 848 or submit your details to have one of our energy experts help you.

Financial Assistance

Powerdirect offers assistance for residential customers who are experiencing temporary or long-term financial hardship. Currently, Powerdirect offers two programs that vary based on your state.

Payment Support Victoria is exclusive to Victorian customers while Staying Connected caters to those in NSW, SA and QLD.

Any enquiries related to these financial hardship programs should be directed to Powerdirect’s customer service team.

How to Contact Powerdirect?

Powerdirect offers a number of contact and support services for customers seeking general enquiries or billing assistance.

Is Powerdirect Right For Me?

Powerdirect is an appealing option due to its relatively simple approach to electricity plans. Those who prefer a standard plan with competitive-priced rates may find Powerdirect Electricity suitable for their personal and professional needs.

But, before you make your decision, we cannot stress enough how important it is to shop around. With so many options currently available on the Australian energy retailer market, you could be passing up on a good deal by choosing to go with a standard household name that you're accustomed to seeing.

At Electricity Monster, we offer premium assistance and guidance when it comes to finding the right energy plan. Ready to learn more? Give us a call today and see how we can help.

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Disclaimer:

 

This publication reviews Powerdirect plans in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, ACT, and WA published on their website as of 01/12/2021.  

 

Important Points to note are:

 

  • The plans displayed have been taken from the energy fact sheets published on the retailer's website. We do not guarantee that this information is correct or that it applies to every household in Australia. 
  • Comparisons have been made on the peak rates in single rate plans from retailers, plus their daily electricity supply charges.
  • The Citipower network has been used to compare electricity plans, and the Australian Gas network has been used to compare gas plans in Victoria.
  • The Ausgrid network has been used to compare electricity plans, and the Jemena gas network has been used to compare gas plans in NSW.
  • The SA Power Networks network has been used to compare electricity plans, and the Australian Gas network has been used to compare gas plans in Victoria.
  • The Energex network has been used to compare electricity plans, and the Australian Gas network has been used to compare gas plans in QLD.
  • The Evoenergy network has been used to compare electricity plans, and the Jemena gas network has been used to compare gas plans in the ACT.
  • The ACTO network has been used to compare gas plans in WA.
  • The reference price/VDO/GAS comparison will differ based on tariff type and location (distribution area). Your actual energy bill may be significantly different to these estimates if your usage differs from the average amounts used in this calculation. 
  • The information in this blog cannot substitute for legal advice. No financial decisions should be made based on information from this blog.
  • All dollar figures include GST.