QUEENSLAND’S major 10-year energy strategy is due to be unveiled in a matter of weeks, with the government remaining coy about expectations it will increase its renewable energy targets.
The Queensland Energy Plan is due by the end of October, with reports the state was considering increasing its 50 per cent by 2030 renewable energy target.
This despite having achieved less than half its existing target. But a spokeswoman for Energy Minister Mick de Brenni’s office declined to confirm if targets would be increase, saying only that the “energy plan will help ensure the government meets its renewable energy targets”.
A singular line in the state’s recent budget pointed to a $342m pot of cash put to decisions already made, but not yet announced, with the Queensland Energy Plan expected to make use of a majority of the funds.
It is expected setting a higher renewable energy target would feed into the federal government’s 43 per cent emissions reduction by 2030 goal, which involves renewable energy making up 82 per cent of the National Energy Market.
Last month the federal government’s clean energy investment arm announced it would be pumping $160m into Queensland’s largest renewable energy zone. The renewable energy zone is currently made up for the 103MW Karara Wind Farm and the 923MW Macintyre Wind Farm, which will be one of the world’s largest once it is up and running some time in 2024. Once complete, 180 turbines on site across both wind farms will generate enough power to supply about 700,000 Queensland homes, with room on the network for future renewable projects.