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Since creation in 1837, we are proudly one of Australia's oldest companies and from the beginning, AGL has always asked the question, 'what next'?

"What new technologies can be developed to provide safe, sustainable and reliable energy to more people? What new ways can we support the communities we operate in? What can we do to help our customers reduce their energy usage and their environmental footprint? 

From turning on the first gas street lamp in Sydney in 1841, to providing the Victorian Skipping Girl sign with solar energy in 2012, we're very proudly one of Australia's leading renewable energy companies. And as an active member of the community, we're also proud to contribute to support organisations such as The Smith Family as well as provide energy advice to Mission Australia. 

As at 2014, AGL has one of Australia's largest retail energy and dual fuel customer bases and is Australia's largest private owner, operator and developer of renewable assets. 

Here's a snapshot of our proud history in Australia and the AGL 175 Interactive Timeline

Proudly Australian since 1837 

  • 1837. The Australian Gas Light Company was created with 'An Act for Lighting with Gas the Town of Sydney".
  • 1841. The Australian Gas Light Company lit the first gas lamp in Australia. Within two years there were 165 gas lamps in the city of Sydney.
  • 1850s. Gas lighting allowed for late night shopping in department stores.
  • 1857. AGL introduced gas purification in Australia allowing for gas to be used in private residences.
  • 1873. For a sum of £4, AGL imported the first gas-cooking stove and installed it in its Darling Harbour store.
  • 1890s. Gas stoves were advertised in cookery books and could be rented or bought from AGL for easier and more efficient home cooking.
  • 1936. Around 59,000 housewives had taken gas-cooking classes provided by AGL to better understand the benefits this new home energy resource provided.
  • 1976. AGL introduced natural gas to Sydney and involved installing the longest pipeline in the country - from South Australia to Sydney.
  • 1988. AGL pioneered the new nylon pipe technology, Goldline, to reduce gas leakage from the old NSW network. Goldline was fed through existing pipes, removing the need to overhaul the entire pipeline network. The result was a reduction of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 13 million tonnes.
  • 1998. The solar generator located at Wilpena Pound in the Central Flinders Ranges in South Australia was commissioned. This station has 1,250 solar cells, each with a capacity of 80 W, and cover more than 2,000 square meters.
  • 2006. On 6 October 2006, The Australian Gas Light Company (AGL) and Alinta Limited shareholders approved the merger of AGL's infrastructure assets with Alinta and the subsequent separation of AGL Energy. This was subsequently approved by the Federal Court of Australia on 9 October 2006, and AGL Energy began trading on the Australian Stock Exchange on 12 October 2006.
  • 2007. AGL listed as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the leading global ranking of sustainability - the only Australian energy retailer to achieve this status.
  • 2008. AGL committed to new ways of sourcing sustainable energy with the Hallet wind farm in South Australia.
  • 2009. AGL's Bogong Power Station opened in Victoria - the largest hydroelectric asset to be built on the Australian mainland for 25 years.
  • 2009. AGL became proud sponsors of the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter service in south east Queensland to help keep this vital service operating.
  • 2009. AGL restored and has continued to provide power to the iconic Skipping Girl sign in Victoria - maintaining an important part of Victorian history.
  • 2010. AGL sponsored the Adelaide Zoo Pandas, Wang Wang and Funi by providing their exhibit with solar power to help them reduce their carbon paw print.
  • 2011. AGL Energy Online was launched. An online energy management tool to help save customers time and hassle.
  • 2011. AGL launched the Smarter Living Store to help customers reduce their energy usage by purchasing energy saving products online.
  • 2012. AGL gives the gift of solar power to the iconic Skipping girl sign in Victoria for her 75th birthday to keep her skipping on sunshine.
  • 2012. AGL celebrates it's 175th anniversary.
  • 2013. The Macarthur Wind Farm opens and is the largest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere and represents an investment of approximately $1b.
  • 2013. AGL hands over naming rights sponsorship of the Sunshine Coast Rescue Service to RACQ in July to allow the Service to secure a vital $1.5 million boost to funding. AGL continues its support of the Service as a major sponsor.
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