A Commonwealth-led taskforce has been created by the Federal and NSW Governments to address the closure of AGL’s Liddell Power Station.
The Liddell Taskforce will look at all potential impacts of Liddell’s closure, scheduled for 2023, as well as options for extensions or like-for-like replacement, and ensure affordable and reliable energy for NSW families and businesses.
AGL recently decided to extend operations at the Liddell Power Station until April 2023, revising the original closure date of 2022.
The extension will ease tightness in supply over the next three summers, however the Federal Government is determined to address the “real challenge” of ensuring enough reliable, affordable generation to meet demand post-2023.
Following the formal establishment of the taskforce within the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy, one of the first steps was to invite the NSW State Government to participate.
Liddell has played an important role in maintaining the reliability of electricity supply in NSW for over 40 years, and it is important for governments to work together constructively on future energy supply and security.
The Liddell Taskforce will engage with a range of industry stakeholders and work with all levels of government, with a report and recommendations expected to be delivered by late 2019.