|State government owned|
|Founded||1 March 2011|
|Owner||Government of New South Wales|
|Parent||Government of New South Wales (49.6%)
IFM Investors & AustralianSuper (50.4%)
Ausgrid is 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 Government of New South Wales.
The company is owned by the Government of New South Wales; and it has two shares, one each held by the Minister for Finance, Services & Property and the Treasurer of New South Wales respectively. In October 2016, a 99-year lease for 50.4% of the business was sold.
In 2016, the NSW Government is offered 99-year lease and 50.4 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 of State Grid Corporation of China and Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings 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 Environmental Protection Authority and other authorities to get action against Ausgrid.
- "About Ausgrid". Ausgrid. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
- "Mapping stakeholders". Ausgrid. 2012. Archived from the original on 26 July 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- "Treasurer blocks sale of Ausgrid to Chinese, Hong Kong bidders". ABC News. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
- Ausgraid sale: Baird Government sells half to Australian firms for $16 billion ABC News 20 October 2016
- Six million Australians to invest in Ausgrid as IFM investors and AustralianSuper acquire a majority stake IFM Investors 20 October 2016
- "EnergyAustralia stadium to change name". Newcastle Herald. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
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