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    Businesses urged to join state’s renewable future


    October 4, 2022 - Townsville Bulletin

     

      Ms Palaszczuk said the plan sets out a path to transform the state’s electricity network with $62bn worth of public and private investment over the next 15 years.

      “$62 billion means a step change investment in wind turbines, solar panels, batteries, pumped hydro equipment and transmission lines,” the Premier said.

      “And because so much of it will be procured by Queensland Government Owned Corporations, we get the chance to use our purchasing power to drive local manufacturing, which means even more local jobs.” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the government’s new Energy Manufacturing Opportunities Prospectus would help local manufacturers engage with Queensland’s clean energy future.

      “We will need thousands of batteries, wind turbines, solar panels and kilometres of transmission lines – and we want that equipment built here in Queensland, so Queenslanders get the benefits,” Mr Miles said “We’re calling on industry and businesses who are prepared to manufacture this equipment here in Queensland to register their interest.” Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni said this was a chance for Queensland to create a network capable of delivering clean energy on an industrial scale.

      “We need industry to partner with us to seize this opportunity, and businesses to put their hands up to deliver this transformational infrastructure,” he said.

      Mr Miles said the government had enlisted the Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) to conduct a confidential market sounding process that would identify manufacturing opportunities.

      “We have been clear from the start – both public and private sector capital is needed to deliver the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan,” he said.

      “A significant opportunity exists to develop domestic manufacturing supply chains for the components which feed into the large-scale and industrial renewable systems.

      “On behalf of government, QTC is conducting a market sounding process to look at the existing capability and readiness of Queensland businesses to do this work.

      “Importantly, it will also convey to government the roles it could play in supporting the industry to bring the local manufacturing opportunities to life.

      “I’m calling on businesses to register their interest and be part of the market sounding.” The information will be reported to government in March next year, and form the release of requests for proposals later in 2023.

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