|State government owned|
|Founded||1 March 2011|
|Owner||Government of New South Wales|
Ausgrid, a state owned electricity infrastructure company, which owns, maintains and operates the electrical distribution networks to 1.6 million customers in Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter Region and Newcastle areas of New South Wales. It was formed in 2011 from the previously state owned energy retailer/distributor, EnergyAustralia, when the retail division of the company, along with the EnergyAustralia brand, was sold by the NSW State Government.
The NSW Government is offering 99 year lease and 50 percent of the business to bidders.  This has been opposed by the trade unions and the ALP. On 11 August 2016, the Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison made preliminary decision to block the sale to the consortium China's State Grid and Cheung Kong Infrastructure on the basis of national security concerns.
Controversy and criticism
From 2012 until present Ausgrid has received numerous complaints and requests for better stakeholder management and consultation of the local community. Ausgrid was seen as forcing their network capacity increasing (and therefore profit increasing) projects onto local residential communities. Affected residents groups from the suburbs of Leichhardt, Penshurst and East Lindfield protested against unwanted and dangerous electricity High Voltage cabling, transformers and transmission towers being installed in front of their residential homes without proper consultation or response to complaints by the community. The residents, after many urgent appeals to Ausgrid's COO Trevor Armstrong and the Chairman Roger Massey-Green, had been given no other option to notify local MP's, the media, the EPA and other authorities to get action against Ausgrid.
- "About Ausgrid". Ausgrid. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
- "Mapping stakeholders". Ausgrid. 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- "Treasurer blocks sale of Ausgrid to Chinese, Hong Kong bidders". ABC News. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
- "EnergyAustralia stadium to change name". Newcastle Herald. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
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