company_name = ActewAGL
company_type = Private
location = Canberra, Australia
key_people = John Knox,
products = Utility services:
revenue = AU$592.6 million (2006-07)
num_employees = 1,388 (at 30 June 2007)
homepage = [http://www.actewagl.com.au/ www.actewagl.com.au]
ActewAGL is Australia's first multi-utility to offer electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services in a single organisation. It is the only joint-venture of its kind in Australia. [ Khoo, V 2007, Australian Innovation: Towards a sustainable future, CL Creations, Land Cove ]
ActewAGL provides utility services in the ACT and South-east NSW.
ActewAGL was formed in October 2000 when the
Australian Gas Light Company(AGL) and ACTEW Corporation, an ACT Government owned enterprise, entered into Australia's first utility joint venture. [Wright, B 2003, Canberra & the Capital Region, a new focus, Focus Publishing Pty Ltd, NSW ]
Following October 2006 business dealings with AGL and
Alinta, ownership of ActewAGL's retail arm was shared equally between AGL Energyand ACTEW Corporationand ownership of ActewAGL's distribution arm was shared equally between Alintaand ACTEW Corporation. Further changes to the distribution partnership occurred when a consortium including Singapore Powerpurchased Alintain 2007. Alinta changed its name in 2008 to Jemena [Jemena media release 4 August 2008, 'Alinta LGA Ltd is now Jemena Ltd' http://www.jemena.com.au/media/mediaReleases/2008/source/080408.pdf] . The distribution partnership is now owned equally by Singapore Powerand ACTEW Corporation.
In February 2004, ActewAGL entered into a management agreement with TransACT Capital Communications Pty Ltd. This means that ActewAGL now manages the day-to-day operations of
TransACT. The TransACT network provides access to full telecommunication services. [ActewAGL website, Our company, accessed 14 April 2008 ]
Business initiatives and affiliates
ActewAGL owns a number of companies including:
*Ecowise/Ecowise Environmental, Australia’s largest provider of integrated environmental analytical, monitoring and consulting services.
Canberra-based telecommunications consultancy.
TransACTCommunications, the builder and operator of the local fibre-optic cable network, delivering fixed and mobile telephony, subscription television and broadband internet services.
*Grapevine, a joint-venture
internet service providerformed with TransACT.
*The recently acquired Neighbourhood Cable, which owns and operates HFC cable networks delivering high-speed broadband internet services, cable television and telephone services in
Mildura, Ballaratand Geelong. [TransACT Press Release 18 December 2007, ‘TransACT announces acquisition of Neighbourhood Cable’ http://www.transact.com.au/news/Article.aspx?id=802 ]
Since its beginning, ActewAGL has continued to undertake several innovative programs to help the environment. They include the following:
GreenchoiceBy opting for the green energy program, the few cents extra ActewAGL customers pay in addition to their electricity account each day is invested in renewable energy generation from sources like mini hydro, wind power and biomass. [Canberra tries to stamp on its carbon footprint http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10499227 ]
ActewAGL solar This purpose of this initiative is to encourage the use of renewable energy sources, by offering support and advice to those interested in installing solar generation systems to their homes. [ Power-up for solar study http://www.anu.edu.au/anuie/index.php?pid=335 ]
ActewAGL hydro While most hydro-electric developments require the building of dams and lakes, ActewAGL's mini-hydro uses an existing water supply to provide electricity that would otherwise come from fossil-fuel power stations. [Mount Stromlo Mini Hydro, http://www.environment.gov.au/settlements/challenge/members/actew_agl.html ]
Wind farms ActewAGL is a joint venture partner in the construction of the Woodlawn wind farm near Tarrago in
NSWIt will consist of 25 wind turbines and features a viewing platform and educational displays for passing visitors. The wind farm will be capable of producing sufficient green electricity for 22,000 homes, each replacing over 124,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. [Woodland Wind Farm website, Joint Venture Partners http://www.woodlawnwind.com.au/ ]
Eco-living Exhibition The Eco-living Exhibition featured three state-of-the-art energy- and water-efficient display homes at Majura Rise Estate, North Watson. The exhibition closed in December 2006, but information about the homes is still available on the [http://www.actewagl.com.au ActewAGL website] [Khoo, V 2007, Australian Innovation: Towards a sustainable future, CL Creations, Land Cove]
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