Today’s announcement that Queensland will end its reliance on coal-fired power signals a red letter day for the state’s shift to a clean energy future.
The Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, as announced by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, will result in a 90 per cent reduction in electricity sector greenhouse gas emissions on 2005 levels by 2035-36.
The clear articulation of the Palaszczuk Government's vision in a single, comprehensive plan for a fast and fair transition shows that Queensland is poised to reap the significant economic benefits of coordinated action.
“This is a bold and transformational plan that will set Queensland up to be a world leader on clean energy,” said Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton.
“The national decarbonisation effort is going to need hundreds of thousands of workers. As a result, we need to make sure that there are clear opportunities and pathways for all Australians, especially in the region. Today’s announcement shows commitment to this.
“This plan will give certainty to workers, communities and investors, which will unlock an enormous amount of investment and job creation in renewable energy and energy storage, particularly into regional Queensland, which will benefit from 95 per cent of investment dollars.
“Critically, the Queensland Energy Workers’ Charter means that no worker will be left behind, demonstrating that the clean energy transition doesn’t have to be a choice between jobs and the environment.”
Queensland has set two new legislated renewable energy targets – 70 per cent by 2032 and 80 per cent by 2035. These targets are backed by a strong and detailed plan that includes significant government investment that will leverage enormous private sector investment.
The plan includes major investments in new storage and transmission infrastructure. This includes the ‘battery of the north’, a massive 5 GW pumped hydro storage unit built near Mackay. Accompanied by 1500km of new high voltage transmission, this is the kind of investment needed to turn Queensland into a clean energy superpower.
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