The following table lists the biggest electricity companies in Australia, including those that are entirely Australian-owned, those that are partly Australian-owned, and those that are entirely owned by foreign investors or businesses, information & links provided by Canstarblue.com.au.
Energy Distribution in the greater Sydney region, Ausgrid is the main energy Distribution company.
REMEMBER: Energy Distributors are NOT Energy Retailers, Distributors send you the Energy & own the poles & wires, where Retailers do NOT pay for the energy you consume, they make up to 50% profit for simply sending you a power bill !
|Dodo Power & Gas
|Australian and New Zealand-owned
About these Energy Companies
AGL is one of Australia's oldest companies, promoting itself as 'Proudly Australian since 1837'. Today, AGL is an ASX listed company, meaning that ownership is mixed among shareholders. Most major shareholders are Australian investment companies.
Alinta Energy was purchased in March 2017 by a Hong Kong-based holding company – Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. Based in Perth, Alinta was previously Australian-owned.
You probably know Amaysim best as a budget mobile telecommunications provider, but it's also now an energy retailer. An ASX listed company, its ownership is both Australian and overseas.
Click Energy was purchased by Amaysim in April 2017 – an ASX listed telecommunications company. Major Amaysim shareholders include both Australian and foreign investment groups.
CovaU is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TPC Consolidated Limited (formerly Tel. Pacific Limited), which is an Australian company based in Sydney.
Dodo Power & Gas
Dodo Power & Gas is part of Vocus Communications – an ASX listed telecommunications company which also owns other brands, including iPrimus and Commander. It is unclear what the proportion of Vocus may be Australian owned.
Ergon Energy is a Queensland Government-owned corporation. Ergon Energy and all its subsidiaries are Australian-owned.
EnergyAustralia is wholly-owned subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based energy company CLP Group. Originally, EnergyAustralia was a state-owned enterprise of the New South Wales Government, but was acquired by CLP-owned TruEnergy in 2011. The NSW Government kept the distribution service of the old business, which was subsequently renamed 'Ausgrid'.
Energy Locals claims to be a 100% Australian-owned company, with CEO and founder, Adrian Merrick, its largest shareholder. The company is based in Melbourne.
Globird Energy is claimed to be a 100% Australian owned company based in the Melbourne suburbs. The company describes itself as 'fiercely independent'.
Mojo Power was born and raised in Australia, making it an Australian-owned energy company in that respect. A couple of its key investors, however, include South Cross Venture Partners and Soft Bank China Capital, both of which are multinational capital venture firms.
Momentum Energy says it is 100% Australian-owned, as part of Hydro Tasmania – one of the country's leading clean energy businesses.
Origin Energy was founded as recently as 2000 following the de-merger of the energy business from the building and construction arms of Boral Limited. Origin has a rich Australian history, however as an ASX listed company, it is owned by shareholders across the globe.
Powerdirect was purchased by energy giant AGL in 2007. Being that AGL is partly Australian-owned, so too is Powerdirect.
Powershop is owned by Meridian Energy, which is Australian and New Zealand-owned. Meridian says it's Australasia's largest pure-renewable generator.
QEnergy is a Brisbane-based electricity retailer that specialises in business energy retailer, while also servicing homes across most states. It is Australian-owned and operated.
RED Energy & Lumo Energy
Red Energy and Lumo Energy are the retail subsidiaries of Snowy Hydro – an Australian energy generation and retailing company which also maintains the snowy mountains hydroelectricity scheme.
Simply Energy is the Australian retail arm of Engie (formally known as GDF Suez) – a French-based multinational energy company with a network spanning 70 countries.
Sumo Power claims that it is a 100% Australian-owned company and that its employees are local, based in Melbourne.
Synergy is owned by the Western Australian Government with no other private interest. There is no suggestion of Synergy being privatised anytime soon.
Tango Energy (previously Pacific Hydro) is a Melbourne-based energy company and renewable energy generation business. While the company was founded in Australia, it was acquired by China's State Power Investment Corporation in 2016.