Report suggests electricity comparison of Australia's suppliers may be better than NZ

When undertaking comparisons of Australian electricity suppliers, it may be interesting to note that our neighbours across the Tasman are allegedly paying significantly more than us - and have been for a long time.

The New Zealand Herald reported last month that Kiwis pay about 68 per cent more for electricity than Australians - we average approximately $0.11 per kilowatt, and New Zealanders pay between approximately $0.17 and $0.19 per kilowatt.

These figures - collected in 2010 - exemplify a trend that has existed for the last two decades, and according to the article have increased even further in the past two years.

Basil Sharp, head of the New Zealand Energy Centre, suggested that the difference could be due to lower government subsidies on energy in NZ, and also Australia's reliance on coal energy compared with NZ's use of more expensive renewable sources.

No matter how the difference has arisen, it has given a certain sheen to the Australian consumer energy market. However, a price comparison can be an important research tool for those looking to plumb the depths of our slightly more advantageous prices. 

Posted by Charlie Moore