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Victorian Energy Compares electricity prices

text-Please-Notepower-bill-comparison-site-launched-20151016-gkaoee.html October 17, 2015 Marc Moncrief  Consumers disgruntled by their electricity providers can access an updated independent price comparison service backed by the state government.

The Victorian Energy Compare website allows users to use their own smart meter data to compare offers from electricity providers. It also compares offers from gas retailers and estimates the net position of any solar credits a home might have.

Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio​ said that, while there were other sites that compare electricity deals, they limited the offers they displayed to companies that pay.

“Unlike other websites that compare energy offers, this government website includes every single tariff,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“No other price comparison web site does that.”

She said that, particularly for an essential service like electricity, it was vital that consumers had access to every deal to be able to make informed decisions.

Karl Barratt, EnergyInfoHub project manager at the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre, said it was “the only independent price comparison site” in the state.

“Because it’s such a complex system in Victoria, I think it’s groundbreaking that we have this available,” he said.

“The others are private operators. They have a relationship with the retailers. The private comparators will only show the narrow range that they are paid to show you.”

The launch follows the release earlier this month of a code of conduct for websites that compare utility offerings after some high-profile companies fell foul of the consumer affairs regulator.

Popular sites iSelect, Compare the Market and Energy Watch have all been pinged in the past by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for misleading their users.

October 18, 2015 - Posted by | business, Victoria

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