Queensland goes to its election on 31 October and is facing the unexpected economic impacts of COVID-19. The picture is grim for many economies, but Queensland is in a unique position of having world-class clean energy resources that can be used to kickstart the economy and lay the foundations for a strong and prosperous future.
The Sunshine State has the opportunity to exploit its natural advantages to bring down the cost of electricity for households and businesses and position the state as the natural home of manufacturing and industry.
Today, Queensland’s residential electricity prices remain high, and renewable energy accounts for just 14 per cent of Queensland’s electricity output – the lowest in Australia. By exploiting the state’s limitless sunshine and wind, Queensland can double its renewable energy workforce from around 6000 workers in a few short years while also producing Australia’s cheapest and cleanest electricity.
With political leadership, Queensland can become a world-class clean energy superpower using cheap, clean electricity to support the competitiveness and expansion of local mining, minerals processing and industrial manufacturing, and export renewable energy to the power-hungry southern states and, ultimately, our resource-poor Asian neighbours who are looking for suppliers of low-cost, clean hydrogen.
The Clean Energy Council is calling on all Queensland political parties to adopt a strong clean energy plan for Queensland.
A clean energy plan for Queensland will:
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