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Kurt Winter

9 May 2022
9 minute read

No junk mail please: why customers need to know about dynamic operating envelopes

With networks introducing dynamic operating envelopes to mediate customers' access to the grid, we explore the need for a customer-centric regulatory design.

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Kurt Winter

3 November 2021
20 minute read

Maximising solar to support Australia’s evolving grid, part 2

In our previous article, we touched on some of the challenges of managing the increasing amount of rooftop solar energy entering the system,...

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Kurt Winter

1 November 2021
10 minute read

Maximising solar to support Australia’s evolving grid, part 1

Australia has fallen in love with rooftop solar PV, leading the world in its uptake, with investment reaching almost eight times the worldwide...

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John Chambers

4 August 2021
7 minute read

Where the rubber hits the road on electric vehicles

How market forces and government policy must converge to drive adoption.

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Christine Corbett

24 May 2021
3 minute read

Customer driven innovation

For more than 180 years, AGL has been innovating with our customers to deliver increasingly simple and convenient experiences that provide choice, value and flexibility.

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Christine Corbett

24 May 2021
3 minute read

Customer driven innovation

For more than 180 years, AGL has been innovating with our customers to deliver increasingly simple and convenient experiences that provide choice, value and flexibility.

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Con Hristodoulidis

20 April 2021
5 minute read

Illuminating insights with data

How will residential batteries change the operating conditions of distribution networks in the future?

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AGL Energy

17 February 2021
3 minute read

Ask AGL…

Did you know you can ‘Ask Alexa’ to help you monitor your energy usage? Amazon Alexa has developed an app so you can ask her to pay your bill, help you understand and manage your energy consumption, and even let you know when it’s the right time to turn off household appliances!

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AGL Energy

29 January 2021
3 minute read

AGL for Business takes self-service to new heights

Our new online management tool, AGL for Business, makes energy accounting far easier for our commercial and industrial customers.

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Elizabeth Molyneux

6 January 2021
8 minute read

Providing consumers the best outcomes from integrating distributed energy resources

Arrangements that will provide consumers the best outcomes from integrating Distributed Energy Resources into our electricity system.

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Elizabeth Molyneux

30 December 2020
9 minute read

Integrating distributed energy resources into our energy market system

The key decision-makers in integrating Distributed Energy Resources into our electricity system.

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AGL Energy

24 December 2020
2 minute read

Generator Registration Thresholds

The rule change request submitted by the AEC on 15 December 2018 seeks to increase the participation of smaller generators in central dispatch to enable improved management of the power system and the efficient operation of the market.

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Elizabeth Molyneux

23 December 2020
10 minute read

How do we best integrate household batteries and solar into our energy market system?

Integrating household batteries and solar into our energy system so that consumers can benefit from sustainable and affordable energy.

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AGL Energy

23 December 2020
8 minute read

Energy storage solutions can drive energy affordability

Home batteries can play a key role in helping energy consumers take control of their energy usage and costs.

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AGL Energy

9 November 2020
2 minute read

Tech careers in focus: Meet Alisha

Alisha Bailey, Head of Digital Product and Experience in AGL’s Future Business and Technology team was recently awarded Digital Experience Leader of the Year in the 2020 Women in Digital Awards. Read her story.

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John Chambers

20 October 2020
4 minute read

The good stuff happens at the intersection

From lighting Australia’s first gas street lamp in Sydney in 1841 to embracing new technology, we’ve been innovating to support Australian communities for more than 180 years. Today, we’re collaborating with customers, startups, entrepreneurs & other businesses to spark new ideas about how we better serve our customers.

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Leigh Lutz

6 October 2020
3 minutes

Dylan’s battery experience

When our VPP customers check their billing, they can now also see performance data about their solar & battery system. Hear more about this Australian-first digital experience from Dylan Verheijden, one of our unique customers who's also on the team behind the tech!

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Travis Hughes

22 September 2020
3 minute read

Spotlight on: Virtual Power Plants

A virtual power plant – it sounds so futuristic! And while VPPs are definitely part of our energy future, the concept is simple – and happening right now.

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Hannah Fagan

24 August 2020
4 minute read

Unleashing the power of innovation

What do a civil engineer, a concert pianist, and a marketing creative have in common? They’re our Entrepreneurs in Residence – three people charged with coming up with unconventional solutions to the future’s problems.

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Hannah Fagan

21 August 2020
4 minute read

Tech Careers in Profile: an incurable optimist

Big data increasingly influences our daily lives. It takes someone with a very particular set of skills to interpret that data and turn it into results for our customers and communities – someone like Sarah Dods.

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Christine Corbett

14 August 2020
2 minute read

What it means to put the customer first

For almost two centuries, AGL has been focused on innovating to enhance the lives of Australians. Our Chief Customer Officer, Christine Corbett, explains how this is central part of our FY20 results.

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AGL Energy

17 July 2020
2 minute read

You little butane at Wallumbilla

Butane is a useful gas, with almost limitless applications. In fact, you’ve probably used some today already with your own hands. And now we’re using it in a world-first to power one of our Queensland sites in a more sustainable and efficient way.

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AGL Energy

16 July 2020
3 minute read

Lighting up the streets of Sydney

Today we light up millions of homes and businesses. But in 1837, we had a much humbler mission: light up the Sydney streets with gas lamps.

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AGL Energy

14 July 2020
4 minute read

Evolving as the market evolves

As the renewables market continues to mature, our generation portfolio is continuing to evolve so it can best meet the needs of the market with flexible and firming generation and storage.

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AGL Energy

9 July 2020
2 minute read

Coal, conveyor belts, and creativity

30 km of coal conveyors feed AGL Loy Yang. What happens when you need to clean spillage, but the right tool for the job doesn’t exist? If you’re the operators at Loy Yang, you draw on our history of supporting innovation – and you make your own.

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Theo Comino

1 June 2020
4 minute read

Explainer: TCFD and climate-related risk modelling

As we transition into a new energy future, climate-related risks are a major consideration. That’s why we regularly model future scenarios in accordance with the TCFD.

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AGL Energy

27 May 2020
6 minute read

Spotlight on: flexible generation

The rise of renewable energy and the demand on the national grid is changing. There’s a pivotal need for generation that’s flexible – and that can respond to sudden peaks in demand within minutes. Why is that important – and what does it look like?

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Aleks Smits

14 May 2020
6 minute read

Deep dive: pandemic and impacts on the NEM

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has profoundly changed fundamental aspects of our daily lives. Many of us are working – and kids are studying – from home. At the same time, many services and businesses – for example, restaurants, shops, gyms, libraries - have had to close their doors, at least temporarily. So what is the cumulative impact of all these changes on electricity supply across the National Electricity Market (NEM)?

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Linda Covic

11 May 2020
3 minute read

Safety under the toughest conditions

As an essential service provider, our people work in some of the toughest places on Earth – like the isolated, remote, 50°C Cooper Basin. But be it there, or in your home or business, safety is paramount.

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AGL Energy

5 May 2020
4 minute read

LED there be light

How many dollars does it take to change tens of thousands of light bulbs? We know exactly how many: $500,000, every year, just in maintenance costs. That’s one of many reasons we’re upgrading our power station lighting to long-lasting LEDs.

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AGL Energy

29 April 2020
5 minute read

Breaking down barriers to rooftop solar

This year marks the third year of the Gill Owen Essay Prize – a prize for young Australians who seek to build on Dr Owen’s legacy by discussing changes to policy which could improve our future outlook for energy efficiency and social equity – two areas in which Dr Owen campaigned tirelessly.

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AGL Energy

21 April 2020
4 minute read

Drones: taking inspections to new depths

The use of drone technology is rapidly growing, from amateur enthusiasts to trained and qualified pilots in steel caps inspecting industrial sites.

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AGL Energy

16 April 2020
3 minute read

Investing in the future of work

Over the past few weeks, working from home has become the norm for millions of people around the world.

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AGL Energy

12 March 2020
4 minute read

Explainer: the duck curve

The energy sector is infamously jargon-heavy, and even with a handy glossary of terms at your fingertips it can often be a tough slog reading about developments and issues in the energy industry. One rather abstract term cropping up more frequently is the ‘duck curve’ – but what is a duck curve? And what does it have to do with energy?

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AGL Energy

5 March 2020
3 minute read

People-powered progress at Mount Beauty

How often do you find a mother and son working together in the new renewable energy sector? Well, that’s what Marion and Ken Birt do – and it works for them.

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AGL Energy

2 March 2020
3 minute read

From data to results at the speed of light

AGL’s General Manager Data & Analytics, Dayle Stevens, talks with our Executive General Manager Group Operations, Doug Jackson, about the opportunities that big data presents for energy companies.

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Heng Mok

11 February 2020
2 minute read

Protecting the energy industry from cyber attacks

Cyberattacks are a growing problem in the energy sector overseas. The first known successful cyberattack on a power grid happened in the Ukraine in December 2015 using phishing emails with attached hidden malware – it blacked out approximately 230,000 houses.

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Jessica Esler

4 February 2020
3 minute read

The digital meter revolution

As the energy mix in Australia continues to evolve to incorporate the rapid growth of renewable generation, new technologies are required to support, enable, and push us into the future. While this technological evolution can be as large in scale as turning cities that mine the earth into cities that mine the sun, it can also be much closer to home – like the evolution of the humble electricity meter.

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AGL Energy

29 January 2020
3 minute read

Spotlight on: batteries

The rapid uptake of renewable generation in Australia – especially rooftop solar, which ANU notes is the largest per-capita in the world – means our energy mix is evolving faster than ever.

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Kurt Winter

24 January 2020
5 minute read

Rethinking distributed energy

While Australian consumers continue to lead the world in the uptake of solar installations, the market for other distributed energy resources (DER) is also maturing, including with respect to battery energy storage systems and electric vehicles.

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AGL Energy

23 January 2020
4 minute read

Setting the standards for energy in Australia - literally

According to a recent report by the ANU Energy Change Institute, Australia has about 9 GW of roof mounted solar PV deployed, which is by far the largest per capita rooftop-PV deployment in the world1. So how do energy retailers and infrastructure engineers ensure that people feel confident that their new solar panel, or their battery, or their electric vehicle charger is safe and performs as advertised? This is where Standards Australia comes in.

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Theo Comino

20 December 2019
4 minute read

Lighting up Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… but how much energy does it take to light up all those Christmas lights? And more importantly, just how many Christmas lights could we light up?

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AGL Energy

2 December 2019
5 minute read

Preparing for the summer period

We’re prepped and ready for the peak summer period. We’ve invested $150m in summer readiness, with preparations for this peak period starting at the end of last summer.

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Aleks Smits

26 November 2019
4 minute read

Deep dive: How does stored energy support the NEM?

In a previous article, we explored at how the energy mix is changing, and how lower-cost-renewables are creating a demand profile that is marked by peaks and troughs. Now we take a look at how the future of energy storage can help manage that changing demand profile.

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Mike Stockley

15 November 2019
4 minute read

The future of the energy market: the five-minute settlement

In this new world where supply and consumption of electricity is ‘contestable’ – that is, where participants can buy from and sell to whomever will give them the best deal – a new, critical piece of the puzzle was needed. In 1998, the National Electricity Market (NEM) was created.

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Aleks Smits

31 October 2019
7 minute read

Deep dive: peaks and troughs in demand

In the middle of the day, the abundance of rooftop solar often produces more energy than the grid needs… but when the sun goes down and everyone heads home, energy demand soars. What are the implications?

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AGL Energy

10 October 2019
4 minute read

How demand response works for commercial and industrial participants

The rapid uptake of renewables has created an energy demand that is peakier than ever, raising the profile – and the importance – of demand response, particularly for commercial and industrial customers. But what is demand response – and why is it so important?

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Travis Hughes

26 September 2019
3 minute read

Conducting an orchestra of solar and batteries

By 2025, more than 150,000 Aussie homes will have batteries attached to them. It’s becoming more and more important to orchestrate the discharge of energy to support the grid during times of high demand. But what is orchestration?

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AGL Energy

3 September 2019
3 minute read

Investing in cutting-edge offline protection

We understand the importance of Loy Yang A to Victoria’s electricity supply and that’s why we’re embracing the best tech to maintain and preserve Unit 2 during repairs.

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AGL Energy

28 August 2019
4 minute read

Pumping infrastructure for Loy Yang

Next month AGL Loy Yang will complete DWPS11 – a fire control and pumping system for the Loy Yang mine capable of moving an Olympic pool’s worth of water 300m high in 15 minutes. Find out how this innovation was managed.

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AGL Energy

15 August 2019
4 minute read

Spotlight On: Newcastle Gas Storage Facility

The Newcastle Gas Storage Facility is a crucial piece of energy infrastructure in NSW, delivering a stable and reliable supply of gas to meet ever-changing demand in the region.

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AGL Energy

22 July 2019
3 minute read

Scalable solar: a solution for remote locations?

AGL recently finished a 2.12 MW solar facility at Santos’ Port Bonython hydrocarbon processing facility in South Australia. The modular, bespoke solution is an interesting example for other organisations with remote operations.

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AGL Energy

19 July 2019
3 minute read

Collaborative hydrogen project progressing

The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain project is a major collaboration between leading Australian and Japanese companies, and the Victorian, Australian and Japanese Governments.

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AGL Energy

4 July 2019
4 minute read

From glitch to glory: lighting up Sydney 2000

It’s one of the most iconic scenes in Australian sporting history – but a heart-stopping glitch added some extra drama to the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony. Find out how a small group of AGL engineers were involved in this infamous moment.

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AGL Energy

2 July 2019
3 minute read

Keep on trucking to peaking power

Keep on trucking! The first of three massive transformers arrive at the Barker Inlet Power Station, which when complete later this year will provide quickstart peaking power and grid stability for South Australia.

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AGL Energy

13 June 2019
3 minute read

Giving customers greater control with Energy Alerts

Want to keep on top of your energy usage with your voice? You can now link your AGL account to Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant and enable notifications.

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Caterina Cassar

22 May 2019
2 minute read

Introducing AGL PUMP

In response to feedback from our Commercial and Industrial (C&I) business customers, we have developed AGL PUMP (Power Up Modular Purchasing) - a flexible, innovative, digital platform for our business customers to manage their own energy procurement.

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Kurt Winter

13 May 2019
5 minute read

Electric vehicles and the broader energy ecosystem

Recently, AGL hosted the Electric Vehicle Council’s second workshop on Electric Vehicle Charging and the Grid. The workshop brought together businesses from across the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain to identify opportunities for action.

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AGL Energy

11 April 2019
3 minute read

Evolving and expanding: Big battery performing well

One of the big questions with renewables is, what happens when the sun’s not shining and the wind’s not blowing? Flexible and firming energy sources like large-scale battery storage is the answer.

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AGL Energy

21 March 2019
4 minute read

Using data to make better decisions

Data and analytics are critical for AGL’s success – in enabling growth opportunities, building trust and helping us respond to an industry that is always changing, where technology is transforming the way customers engage with us.

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Colin Mills

6 March 2019
7 minute read

On the road to delivering more peaking power

Barker Inlet Power Station is a peaking gas plant, which means it’s flexible in rapidly responding to demand. This week, AGL received the first of 12 engines for the power station.

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AGL Energy

23 January 2019
6 minute read

A history fuelled by innovation

Proudly Australian for over 180 years, we’re committed to providing safe, sustainable and affordable energy. And with an innovative spirit fuelling our journey, we’ll keep working hard to meet the needs of our customers and the community

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AGL Energy

17 January 2019
7 minute read

How large scale batteries are charging up an energy mix

Operated by AGL, the ElectraNet 30 MW large-scale battery will enhance SA energy security, by supplying stored-energy during peak periods or whenever renewables aren't available.

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Adam Berry

13 December 2018
5 minute read

Our energy system is demanding a lot when it’s hot

The mercury suddenly soars above forty degrees. And, when the heat is on, Australia’s electricity system is suddenly put to the test. We go from asking for a dribble of energy to a sudden tidal wave. And our systems need to respond quickly. We need that energy. We need a lot of it. And we happen to need it right now!

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AGL Energy

12 December 2018
6 minute read

Trading sunshine with AGL Solar Exchange

While Australia is leading the way in the installation of rooftop solar systems, there are many people who can’t put panels on their roof. This could be because they are renting, living in an apartment or a home without a suitable roof, or there may be financial constraints preventing the investment.

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Luke Menzel

30 November 2018
8 minute read

Empowering business with energy efficiency

Energy prices and lowering lower carbon emissions would have to be amongst the most talked about topics for 2018. In Australia, a lot of this conversation has revolved around where and how energy is generated.

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AGL Energy

7 November 2018
7 minute read

How energy retailers can be disruptors too

AGL was recently recognised at the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Digital Disruptor Awards for delivering industry-leading digital experiences, products and services for our customers.

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AGL Energy

31 October 2018
11 minute read

10 years of research into carbon capture

The transition to a low carbon future will require a range of solutions and this is why we are proud to partner with CSIRO and others in carbon capture research over the past 10 years. But what does this have to do with tomatoes?

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AGL Energy

25 September 2018
7 minute read

One Stop, One Story Vulnerability Hub

The ‘One Stop, One Story Vulnerability Hub’ acts as a connector, bringing the available support to the person rather than them having to seek it through complex pathways, over and over again.

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Tim Nelson

17 August 2018
6 minute read

Demystifying demand response

With ongoing debate about the National Energy Guarantee, there has been a bit of discussion about the merits of ‘demand response’. Demand response is a way to help reduce individual customer bills, improve reliability and reduce the average cost to supply electricity to all households and business.

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AGL Energy

18 July 2018
10 minute read

Frequently Asked Questions about Liddell Power Station

Liddell Power Station reaches the end of its technical life in 2022 and can be replaced with the latest technology at a lower cost than trying to keep the plant running.

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Cassandra Hogan

29 June 2018
7 minute read

A steady hand on the tiller of energy policy

A recent report by KPMG for the Australian Energy Council advised on the principles for successful wholesale electricity market design. The principles developed allow for a robust assessment of market design changes under consideration by Energy Council and market institutions.

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Kurt Winter

17 April 2018
3 minute read

Submission in response to the Register of Distributed Energy Resources Rule Change Proposal

The Australian Energy Market Commission (Commission) released a Consultation Paper on a rule change proposal brought forward by the COAG Energy Council.

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Kurt Winter

7 March 2018
3 minute read

Submission to Infrastructure Victoria on automated and zero emission vehicle infrastructure

The Victorian Government requested that Infrastructure Victoria consult with industry and stakeholders, and conduct research and analysis into what infrastructure the state needs to enable automated (self-driving) vehicles and zero emission vehicles.

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AGL Energy

22 December 2017
5 minute read

Can you build a new coal-fired power station for less than a renewable, gas and storage mix?

AGL has developed a plan to use a mix of renewables, gas and storage to replace the energy produced by Liddell Power Station before its 2022...

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Kurt Winter

11 December 2017
5 minute read

Submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Electric Vehicles 2017

AGL hosted its annual Investor Day yesterday, featuring presentations from members of AGL’s Executive Team. Find out more.

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AGL Energy

9 December 2017
5 minute read

Why an energy mix makes more sense than new coal

While carbon risk is a reality that every business needs to assess, the closure of Liddell Power Station and the selection of a mixture of energy...

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AGL Energy

12 October 2017
4 minute read

AGL's 20MW Demand Response project

ARENA and the Australian Energy Market Operator have joined forces with companies from across the energy sector to bring ten exciting projects from eight innovators, spanning New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

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Eleanor McCracken-Hewson

14 September 2017
7 minute read

FY17 sustainability report: energy prices and affordability

AGL’s FY17 Sustainability Report covers a range of matters of particular interest to our customers. One of these is energy prices and affordability.

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Kurt Winter

9 June 2017
3 minute read

Submission on cost benefit analysis of options to collect and share information about small scale battery storage Consultation Paper

AGL made this submission in response to the cost benefit analysis of options to collect and share information about small scale battery storage (consultation paper).

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Eleanor McCracken-Hewson

3 March 2017
7 minute read

Submission to 'contestability of energy services' rule change consultation

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is currently consulting on two related rule change proposals, one launched by the COAG Energy Council and the other by the Australian Energy Council.

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Eleanor McCracken-Hewson

23 January 2017
6 minute read

Submission to Distribution Market Model project

AGL's response to the recent submission to the AEMC in response to the Distribution Market Model project.