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This is absolutely unbelievable and frightening. We have access to nuclear power, which if used we could have the cheapest electricity bills in the world!
The Government instead is closing down all coal fired generators and exporting the coal to China and India. Both of them are the biggest producers of air pollutants! In the world. And we Australian people have to suffer from our stupid government! Having us the Australian people to pay for the highest power bills in the world
Because of the tree hugging greenies politicians and the like we all have to suffer.
The amount of pollutants we produce are so minimal compared to other countries
WE ARE ALL BEING BETRAYED BY THE EVIL TRAITOROUS GOVERNMENT AND MADE TO SUFFER,ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO PAY THEIR ELECTRICITY BILLS!!!!!
IF ONLY THE PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA WOULD BOYCOTT THE POWER COMPANIES AND NOT PAY THE BILLS MAYBE THEY WOULD REDUCE THE COST TO SOMETHING MORE OF A REALITY!!
THE MONEY CLAWING THIEVES THAT THEY ARE!!!

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AGL Moderator

Hi @Terence1510,


Thank you for joining the conversation!

 

As one of the biggest energy Retailers in the country, we have a large responsibility to the environment we operate in, and the customers we work for. It is with this in mind, that we have put our brightest minds together, and announced our plan to get out of coal. We're acting ahead of Government policy, but according to the science.

 

We have turned our focus towards renewable energy, and all the potential options that come with it. For the moment, considering all the options available, we have chosen alternative paths to Nuclear energy. This decision has been made due to the added expense it would have, compared to large scale renewables. This is in accordance with the Australian Power Generation Technology Report, and you can read more about this here.

 

That being said, we keep our customers at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to providing quality service, and value for money. We are well aware of the increasing cost that our customers are having to pay for their bills, and any decision to increase these costs is not one taken lightly. We welcome the opportunity to speak about this matter with the Prime Minister, agreeing that it needs urgent attention. 

 

In addition, we know that there are people who struggle to pay their bills. Many in the community have been calling on the energy industry to step up in supporting these customers. We've heard that call, and have a hardship program called, Staying Connected, to assist these customers. You can find out more about this by going to aglener.gy/Stay.

 

We welcome this line of questioning, realising that it is one of the most important factors in the industry today. Please let us know if you have any others 🙂

 

Sincerely, 

Jordan

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What a pity that there isn't a "Thumbs Down" button for that ignorant rant.

 

The moderator's reply was was far more than it deserved.

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Conductor

give us a break, electricity prices are over the top. just admit it

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It was revealed this week that families and businesses across Australia are paying $12 billion more every year on their energy and gas bills than they should.The ACCC has today said that these price hikes are hitting families and the Turnbull Government should invest in new baseload power stations to lower the cost of living.  We know the answer to lower power prices and easing the cost of living for families.  The construction of 21st century high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal fired power will drive down electricity costs and bring more competition to greedy energy retailers that are ripping customers off.Just a moment of your time will make a difference.Australians are paying too much for our electricity, and while other nations use our natural resources - we are missing out.

 

We need to send a message to Canberra that Australians support the construction of new high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal fired power stations to drive prices down across the country.   If you could spare a minute of your time to message the Minister for energy Joshua Frydenberg 

Thank you for your support. Warm regards,Matt McEachan Energy in Australia

 

PS if the link does not work, please send your email to 

 

campaigns@environment.gov.au 

 

with the suggested text below.

 

Dear Mr Frydenberg,The cost of living is hurting families and businesses across Australia.The ACCC has said the Turnbull Government should invest in new baseload power stations to lower power prices and ease the cost of living. I support building a new HELE power station to bring down power prices for for families and businesses. We are paying too much for our electricity, and while other nations use our natural resources - we are missing out.Minister, the Australian people in the next election will be voting for whichever party supports lower power prices and easing the cost of living by building a new HELE coal fired power station.  It is your opportunity to be that party.Yours sincerely

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AGL Moderator

Hi Terence1510,

 

Thank you for your input!

 

AGL recognises that energy, as an essential service, must be affordable for it to be sustainable. We note the ACCC’s Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry Final Report and are currently reviewing its 56 recommendations to assess potential pathways to continue to support positive outcomes for our customers.   In our view, establishing long-term national policy certainty on climate change and energy presents an important part of the solution. AGL welcomes the Energy Security Board’s  (ESB) proposed approach to integrate emissions reductions policy with energy policy through the draft design of the National Energy Guarantee (Guarantee). The Guarantee has the potential to establish a clear long-term policy framework to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector consistent with Australia’s long-term climate change commitments. Most importantly, by providing policy certainty, further investments can occur in generation infrastructure which will place downward pressure on electricity prices.   With careful consideration to the detailed design and a focus on key policy principles, we believe the Guarantee can contribute to a more sustainable energy market for the long-term benefit of customers. For further information on AGL’s view on the Guarantee, please see our submission to the ESB, available here.   More broadly, AGL takes a technology neutral approach to addressing the challenge of climate change and delivering affordable energy to the electricity market.

 

In our view, a technology neutral approach to investment decisions provides Australia with the best prospects of attracting the scale and diversity of investments required to decarbonise the Australian economy consistent with Australia’s commitments made under the Paris Agreement. In addition to continued investment in renewable energy and low emissions technologies, we consider that carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies may play a critical role in addressing the challenges associated with climate change.   Nevertheless, at the current time, we do not consider that the construction of new high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal fired power stations presents the most cost effective option for consumers. AGL has a research site with CSIRO where we continue to assess the science and economics of this technology.  Our analysis has also shown that while the economics of traditional thermal generation is rapidly changing, renewable investments are now cost competitive.   We look forward to continuing to engage on this important matter.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jayden

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