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    • 12,000 deliver petition to transition Liddell off coal

  • A petition signed by almost 12,000 people urging energy giant AGL to close the Liddell power by 2022, as originally scheduled, was delivered to the company’s Sydney headquarters this morning.

    The action was timed two days ahead of AGL’s Annual General Meeting in Melbourne on Wednesday.

    “Customers, shareholders and the wider community are calling on AGL to honor its commitment to close its Liddell power station by 2022,” NCC Senior Energy and Climate Campaigner Dr Brad Smith said.

    “People want the company to shut its dirty coal burning plants and transition rapidly to 100% clean renewable sources so it stops harming our climate.

    As the Maitland Mercury reported:

    AGL has found support for its plan to shut the Liddell power station from a slightly unexpected quarter - protesters outside its Sydney office.

    The mixed group of shareholders, customers and environmentalists presented a petition signed by almost 12,000 people urging the company to close the Hunter Valley plant, ahead of Wednesday’s AGM in Melbourne.

    “AGL is Australia’s biggest climate polluter and if it is to address climate change then the company needs to get out of coal,” Nature Conservation Council campaign director Daisy Barham told Fairfax Media.

    “They need to close Liddell, we can’t rely on this clunker of a power station to keep the lights on.”

    The Nature Conservation Council said the estimated $1 billion required to keep Liddell open beyond its scheduled closure in 2022 should be invested in new clean energy generation.

    The group urged the company’s board to keep to its earlier plan to shutter the operation.

    “We know the board is coming under pressure from the Prime Minister, but they are also under pressure from shareholders to close Liddell and get out of coal,” Ms Barham said.

    “We think it is unfair Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked for a solution, yet the government has not made a plan to fix the energy problem either, we need Mr Turnbull to make a plan too.”

    She called on the government to “stop bullying the company into keeping the power station open beyond 2022”.