September 27, 2016

AGL still resisting the pull to renewable energy

Melbourne Tuesday September 27, 2016: Community members and AGL customers  protested outside AGL Energy’s Melbourne offices today, the day before the energy giant’s annual general meeting in Sydney.

Activists held a symbolic tug of war, in front of a banner reading “AGL cut your ties with coal – tug towards renewables” and handed out out an alternative AGL annual report, illustrating the company’s true colours when it comes to the environment.

“AGL is Australia’s biggest single carbon polluter. It owns the most carbon polluting coal plant in the country – Loy Yang A in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, and  plans to keep using coal until 2050, locking us into decades more pollution and condemning us to climate devastation ” said Charlie Wood campaigner.

“By its 2017 annual general meeting, we want AGL to provide a clear timeline on how it can transition from dirty fossil fuel powered energy to 100% renewables by 2025.”

Groups and individuals around Australia in the past week have taken photos in their own towns and cities, calling on AGL to get out of dirty coal and gas within a decade and make a rapid and fair transition to 100% renewables by 2025.  These images will be displayed at the Sydney AGM Protest.




The  Melbourne protest comes the day before AGL Energy’s AGM in Sydney on Wednesday, co-hosted by 350 Australia and Stop CSG Sydney and supported by GetUp!

Speakers at the Sydney AGM event include  

  • Raymond ‘Bubbly’ Weatherall — Gamilaraay man, Gomeroi Native Title applicant
  • Julie Lyford — Groundswell Gloucester
  • Michael Fetch – Wollar property owner
  • Dr Helen Redmond — Doctors for the Environment
  • Melinda Wilson — Australian Mothers Against Gas
  • Ecopella, an environmental choir, will be performing

For interviews contact: Charlie Wood on 0427 485 233

For media support: Louise Fraser 0438 993 068