The Mozo Experts Choice Awards have been running since 2014 and recognise products that offer Australians the very best in the market. This is the first year we have included Small Business Energy plans in our awards.
For the 2018 small business awards, we compared 133 energy plans from 27energy providers. The award winners named in the table below offer the best value plans in each state in the areas of electricity, solar friendly electricity, 100% GreenPower and gas according to Mozo’s analysis.
For details on how we crunched the numbers and determined our winners see our 2018 Mozo Experts Choice Awards Energy methodology report.
The winning energy plans are those that provide the cheapest energy at the time of judging, for a set of small business customer scenarios.
Our scenarios covered each of the different distributor areas in each State (because prices differ) and we assumed small business electricity usage of 20,000 kWh/year and gas usage of 100,000 MJ/year.
Cost calculations were based on single rate tariffs, guaranteed discounts and any conditional discounts for paying on time, direct debit, paying online or in advance, or e-billing. Discounts for combining gas and electricity plans were not included.
See our methodology report for more detailed information on how we performed the price comparisons and determined the final winners list.
We have made an effort to cover the vast majority of well-known energy retail brands in our analysis but we won't have covered every single electricity and gas plan available. The full list of the 27 small business energy providers we did include in our analysis can be found in the methodology report.
No, upfront one-off credits or incentives were not included in the cost calculations.
No, we only considered products that are available in deregulated energy markets. This includes NSW, Victoria, South Australia, the ACT and in the contestable market in SE Queensland covered by the Energex electricity distribution network.
These awards recognise those products that provide the cheapest energy for business customers with existing solar panels, after making an allowance for feed-in tariffs for selling excess energy to the grid and well as the cost of buying electricity from the grid.
For small businesses we assumed an average 8Kw system in the relevant State capital and that 50% of the solar-generated energy was used by the business, the rest sold to the grid and none stored.
To find the best value plans and the award winners in this category, we compared the available plans that were available to business with 100% GreenPower.
GreenPower is a government accredited program that enables your electricity provider to purchase renewable energy on your business’s behalf. When you buy GreenPower, the energy you are buying is helping to develop new infrastructure in the renewable energy sector.
We calculated the overall cost of such plans including both the base tariff and the additional GreenPower tariff. In addition retailers are only eligible for our Green Electricity awards if they achieved certain ratings in the Green Electricity Guide 2018. These are detailed in our methodology report.
No, Mozo Experts Choice Awards are awarded irrespective of a product provider’s commercial relationship with Mozo. Our research team analyses product data and determines the winners in each Mozo Experts Choice category without reference to Mozo’s sales or commercial functions.
Our research team is headed by our Data Services Director and our Product Data Manager who have over 50 years of combined financial services experience and 22 years in online financial comparison.
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