• Jeff Roberts and Tony Goldsworthy

    Jeff Roberts and Tony Goldsworthy

  • Ross Lowe with Isabel and Shane Murphy

    Ross Lowe with Isabel and Shane Murphy

  • Bronwyn and Mark Sullivan

    Bronwyn and Mark Sullivan

  • David and Judy O'Connor

    David and Judy O'Connor

  • Col Alexander, Ayesha Razzaq, James Service and Stephen Byron

    Col Alexander, Ayesha Razzaq, James Service and Stephen Byron

  • Maurice Reilly, Robyn Hendry and Andrew Wall

    Maurice Reilly, Robyn Hendry and Andrew Wall

  • Nicole Lawder and Brendan Smyth

    Nicole Lawder and Brendan Smyth

  • Andrew Barr, Noelene Coulon, Trevor Bennett and Michael Costello

    Andrew Barr, Noelene Coulon, Trevor Bennett and Michael Costello

  • Stephen Mudford and Michael Costello

    Stephen Mudford and Michael Costello

  • MC Paul Walshe

    MC Paul Walshe

  • Noelene Coulon and Michael Costello

    Noelene Coulon and Michael Costello

  • Alan and Sylvia Kelly with Michael Costello

    Alan and Sylvia Kelly with Michael Costello

  • ActewAGL CEO Michael Costello

    ActewAGL CEO Michael Costello

  • Chief Minister Andrew Barr accepts a Gold Award for 50 years 'togetherness' in the ACT

    Chief Minister Andrew Barr accepts a Gold Award for 50 years 'togetherness' in the ACT

  • Chief Minister Andrew Barr

    Chief Minister Andrew Barr

  • Happy Birthday......to electricity.

    Happy Birthday......to electricity.

  • A warm glow on a freezing night-

    A warm glow on a freezing night-

  • Cheryl and Bob Spence, Melinda and Stephen Clarke and Alison and Paul Bradley

    Cheryl and Bob Spence, Melinda and Stephen Clarke and Alison and Paul Bradley

  • Garry and Lee Newton

    Garry and Lee Newton

  • Paul Walshe and AJ Murphy

    Paul Walshe and AJ Murphy

  • Wendy and Peter Phillips with Collette Mackay

    Wendy and Peter Phillips with Collette Mackay

  • Jeff and Val Albrecht with Eve Burnes

    Jeff and Val Albrecht with Eve Burnes

  • Aileen and Paul McGrath

    Aileen and Paul McGrath

  • Stephen Byron and Andrew Barr

    Stephen Byron and Andrew Barr

  • Andrew Barr and Michael Costello

    Andrew Barr and Michael Costello

  • Jim and Dorothy Service

    Jim and Dorothy Service

  • Jim and Dorothy Service with Sue and James Service

    Jim and Dorothy Service with Sue and James Service

  • Kelly Walsh, Eoghan O'Byrne and Nicole Lawder

    Kelly Walsh, Eoghan O'Byrne and Nicole Lawder

  • Alan and Sylvia Kelly

    Alan and Sylvia Kelly

  • Paul and Debbie Withell

    Paul and Debbie Withell

  • Peter and Joan Holden

    Peter and Joan Holden

  • Frank Stramandinoli with Sue and Anthony Mayo

    Frank Stramandinoli with Sue and Anthony Mayo

  • Judith and Alex Saeck with Michael Costello

    Judith and Alex Saeck with Michael Costello

  • Robert and Robyn Hunter with Michael Roesler

    Robert and Robyn Hunter with Michael Roesler

  • Mark Parton, Attila Ovare and John Mackay

    Mark Parton, Attila Ovare and John Mackay

  • Ken and Lesley Grigg and Donna and Rob Szell

    Ken and Lesley Grigg and Donna and Rob Szell

  • Frank and Cherie Cortes

    Frank and Cherie Cortes

  • Trevor Bennett and Noelene Coulon

    Trevor Bennett and Noelene Coulon

  • Lauren Kennedy, David and Christine McIntosh and Jane Corkhill

    Lauren Kennedy, David and Christine McIntosh and Jane Corkhill

  • Jim Service and Bronwyn O'Sullivan

    Jim Service and Bronwyn O'Sullivan

ActewAGL Celebrates 100 Years of Local Energy

2 July 2015

Its ActewAGL’s 100th anniversary of switching on the power to the village that became our city and to survive and prosper without being subsumed into another similar entity during those 100 years is to be celebrated. The organisation is at the heart of the community not just with electricity, originally turned on at the Kingston Power Station that is now home the Canberra Glassworks, but with gas and water and forward planning for a range of technological developments that will come online as soon as practicable. And of course with community activities across a wide spectrum of charities and sport.

The celebration for the salubrious occasion was held at what we now call the Fitters Workshop with massed gas heaters and extensive ever changing lighting filling the space with colour and warmth. A timeline for the company’s changing and evolving role in our community was included in the wall décor and this old girl, the second major building in the territory, showed what a star she can be.

Delving back into the history of the original power station and the ‘fitters and turners’ building beside it, was Alan Kelly who remembered well the cold old days when standing next to the now sparkling blue glass smoke stack was a source of warmth between school at Telopea Park and home at the Causeway. Alan and his wife Sylvia are Canberra treasures with stories to record and memories to share of those early days. And as history would have it they now live in a ‘Mr Fluffy’ house, and have no intention of moving. In fact wearing his newest tie for this celebration, he admitted it was one of only three in his lifetime, and this is the one he bought for the Mr Fluffy inquiry.

In the so very capable hands of Paul Walshe, “Mr. Marketing” at ActewAGL, and his team, this was an event to mark a moment in history and to acknowledge that, a glass paperweight commissioned for the occasion and made at the glassworks was a perfect piece of memorabilia. Memorable too the speeches by Chief Minister Andrew Barr and ActewAGL CEO Michael Costello for their brevity and sincerity, giving pause to ponder what the dickens the next 100 years will bring to our utilities.

A plug- in for the Tesla in the garage, a roof of solar tiles, a wall paint to insulate us from the vicissitudes of Canberra’s weather and solar powered robots ready and waiting in their cubby for our every need, are on my list.