Electricity Tariffs in Queensland

Electricity Tariffs in Queensland
  • Aug 24, 2023

Electricity Tariffs in Queensland

On your electricity bill you will see Supply Charges (Daily Supply) and Usage Charges (General Usage). In the simplest of bills these two charges combined make up your electricity bill in the case of a Flat Rate Tariff.

Supply Charges (Daily Supply)

Supply charges are what you will need to pay every day, just to remain connected to the electricity grid.

Usage Charges (General Usage)

Usage charges are what you actually pay for the power you use.

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Electricity Charges Breakdown - (flat rate tariff example)

In the example below we see where the electricity tariffs have changed mid bill.

  • Daily supply charges are listed as cents per day (c/day).
  • Usage charges are listed as cents per kilowatt-hour (c/kWh).
  • Demand charges are listed as dollars per kilowatt ($/kW) per month. (not used in image below)

Electricity Charges Breakdown

Demand Charges

These tariffs are time based charges and generally available to those with solar power or an electronic meter.

1 Someone that uses power in times of peak demand (typically and subject to change, between 6.00am – 9.00am and 4.00pm – 10.00pm) will attract a higher electricity rate typically 33 – 35 cents per kWh as the electricity providers may have to purchase power from other suppliers to cope with demand.

2 Off peak would be all generally between 11.00pm and 6.00am. Typically 17 – 20 cents per kWh Again subject to network demand and changing daily. The cost per kWh is significantly lower than peak.

3 Shoulder would generally be all other times including the weekend. These times change continuously with the network demand. The cost per kWh is generally slightly less than peak.

Smart Meters

According to Canstarblue "Smart meters record electricity usage (per kWh) every 30 minutes and send this information to your electricity retailer for billing."

Smart Meters allow your electricity retailer to charge for flexible rate tariffs instead of flat rate tariffs.

"Metering and connection fees are considerably lower with smart meters. Traditional meters require a meter reader to read and connect the meter, however this can all be done remotely with smart meters."


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