On 16 December 2021, the AER published its final decision, granting exemption to AGL Macquarie Pty Limited (AGL) from notice of closure requirements in the National Electricity Rules.
On 13 October 2021, AGL submitted an application to provide a closure date of 1 January 2022 for the Hunter Valley Gas Turbines (HVGTS).
After assessing the performance of HVGTS, and consulting with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the AER has approved AGL's request. HVGTS is currently inoperable and has not generated to the market since early 2020. Granting exemption for AGL to close HVGTS early will provide clarity to AEMO and the market regarding the generator's future.