Electricity distribution

Electricity is supplied to most Queensland customers via an electricity distribution system, which connects the high-voltage transmission system to individual customer premises.

These distribution systems (also called supply networks) consist of electric lines, substations and associated equipment.

Queensland's electricity distribution networks are extensive, with a total line length of about 232,000km. Three distributors supply 2.3 million industrial, commercial and domestic electricity consumers.

Energex operates in South East Queensland. It has a distribution area of 25,000km2 which includes more than:

  • 56,000km of overhead powerlines and underground power cables
  • 703,000 power poles (including customer and public light poles)
  • 400,000 street lights
  • 50,000 distribution transformers.

View the Energex Limited distribution authority (PDF, 9.4MB).

Ergon Energy operates in rural and regional Queensland. Its network covers over 1 million km2 and consists of more than:

  • 178,000km of powerlines and underground cables
  • 1 million power poles.

View the Ergon Energy Corporation Limited distribution authority (PDF, 10MB).

Essential Energy (formerly known as Country Energy) is a New South Wales distributor which has a supply network that extends into Queensland near Goondiwindi. Essential Energy holds an authority to operate in Queensland and Origin Energy provides electricity as the retailer within this area.