AGL delays Liddell closure to avoid blackouts

Source: The Australian Financial Review

2 August 2019

AGL Energy has announced that it will delay the closure of Liddell, its NSW coal-fired power plant, to 2023 amid governmental pressure. AGL has agreed to extend the life of the generator by four months, to cover the 2022-23 summer months, and provide security of supply.

The federal government has welcomed this extension, but are looking to AGL to extend Liddell’s life even longer.

On the other hand, environmental groups are not as pleased with this announcement, as they call for the early closures of more coal generators. Liddell has had increasingly regular breakdowns as it nears the end of its 50 year life span, and raises concerns that it will reduce reliability over summer months, instead of providing security.

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