Josh Frydenberg wants AGL to commit to replacement plan, with the NSW plant set to shut in 2022

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The energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, has called on AGL Energy to make a financial commitment to its transition plan after the company rejected a bid from Alinta for the ageing Liddell power plant, and confirmed it will shut the facility as planned in 2022.

In a decision delivering a public rebuke to the government, which has strong-armed the company over many months to either sweat the New South Wales plant longer or sell it to a competitor, AGL said on Monday morning it had rejected the bid and will proceed with its commercial strategy “after careful consideration”.

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