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A history fuelled by innovation

Proudly Australian for over 180 years, we’re committed to providing safe, sustainable and affordable energy. And with an innovative spirit fuelling our journey, we’ll keep working hard to meet the needs of our customers and the community.

Hayley Greensmith
Hayley Greensmith
25 January 2019

While innovation can take many shapes and forms, change is always the common element – and it’s usually driven by the desire to improve or adapt in a changing environment.

For Toyota, the introduction of a hybrid electric car in the late ‘90s was in response to increased environmental awareness, and its popularity laid the groundwork for widespread electric vehicle adoption.

For Qantas, innovation meant offering direct-flights from Perth to London – shaving hours off the 24-hour travel time Aussies had become accustomed to (even if we weren’t happy about it!)

For AGL, innovation has remained a constant, and we can trace it back to the beginnings of The Australian Gas Light Company in 1837.

What does innovation mean to us?

From turning on the first gas street lamp in Sydney in 1841 to embracing new technology and contributing to the development of some of the largest renewable generation sites in Australia, we have a strong track record in leading change.

We operate the country’s largest electricity generation portfolio, we’re the largest ASX-listed investor in renewable energy, and we have around 3.6 million customer accounts.

All in all, our aim is to prosper in a carbon-constrained world and build customer advocacy as our industry transforms. That’s why we’ve committed to exiting our coal-fired generation by 2050 and the reason we put our customers at the heart of everything we do. 

Where to from here?