Below is our state-by-state breakdown for those on large-market electricity contracts.
Forward pricing options across the electricity market are looking more favourable for some states than others.
Table 1: Cal Base Future Prices as of 20 March 2023, Source ASX Energy
Between October 22 and February 23, power prices fell between 30% - 50% and prices are expected to rise a further 20% during 2023 and 2024.
With competitive future prices available (See table 1, pricing for 2026 is 62.45), if you’re coming out of contract in the next 12 months, it's a great time to secure pricing now before further price rises occur.
Graph 1: VIC Cal Base Prices as of 20 March 2023, Source ASX Energy
While South Australia generates almost 70% of its electricity from renewable sources, it’s not immune to the challenges faced by other states across the National Electricity Market.
South Australia relies on 25 per cent of its maximum demand from electricity imported from Victoria (Energy Council), which means when challenges are experienced in Victoria these are often passed on to South Australian consumers.
South Australia saw a similar reprieve in pricing from the period of October to December as other states, but pricing is less competitive than it was 12 months ago.
Graph 4: SA Cal Base Prices as of 20 March 2023, Source ASX Energy
Despite this, with the market set to increase over the next few months, rates for 2023 have just dipped below 100 per MWh which is a compelling reason to review your energy contract now if it's set to expire this year.
A word of caution if your contract is expiring between now and 31 March 2024: we strongly encourage you to review your energy position with Choice Energy.
The Retailer Reliability Obligation is set to expire 31 March 2024. While you can wait until Q4, 2023 where pricing seems slightly more competitive than right now, there is a risk that by then there may be less retailer options available who have yet to meet their RDO confirmed cap, which could mean a smaller pool of retailer options to price against, or worse- none at all, which means the potential to fall on default rates.
Like many other states, Tasmania electricity prices fell significantly between October and February with prices expected to rise this year and next year.
As Tasmania is reliant on some power from the mainland, some have expressed concern about rises flowing onto Tasmanians including Tasmanian Labor's energy spokesman Dean Winter (ABC, 15 March 23). But energy analyst Marc White expects there will only be a 5 to 15 per cent rise in Tasmania.
As the energy landscape changes, we encourage you to continue to engage with Choice Energy to ensure you are on the most competitive rates for your business.
If you’re coming out of contract in the next 12 months, it's a great time to review options around forward contracting before prices rise further.