Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan to deliver clean, affordable energy
- Last updated:
- 5 October 2022 1:46PM
- First published:
- 28 September 2022 12:00AM
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has unveiled the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, which outlines the state’s pathway to a clean, reliable and affordable energy system for generations to come.
‘My government has a long-standing commitment of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, and now we are accelerating our progress,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.
‘We are committing an extra $4 billion to our energy transformation and setting two new renewable energy targets of 70 per cent renewable energy by 2032 and 80 per cent by 2035.
‘We will showcase our clean energy credentials to the world as we prepare to deliver a climate positive Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.’
The Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan leverages Queensland’s natural advantages to:
- build a clean and competitive energy system for the economy and industries as a platform for accelerating growth
- deliver affordable energy for households and business, and support more rooftop solar and batteries
- drive better outcomes for workers and communities as partners in the energy transformation.
The Plan will deliver benefits for the Queensland economy, as well as industries, households, businesses, workers, and communities.
‘This Plan will build the new ‘Queensland SuperGrid’ – the renewable energy, storage and network infrastructure we need to power our industries, businesses and homes,’ says Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement, Mick de Brenni.
The SuperGrid will bring all elements of the electricity system together to deliver 50% renewable energy by 2030, 70% by 2032, and 80% by 2035.
The SuperGrid is the new generation, storage and transmission that will deliver this renewable power.
The Queensland energy system is transforming, with more renewable energy powering homes and businesses than ever before.
Over the last decade, Queensland has built a thriving renewable energy sector. In 2015, there was around 7% renewable energy.
Since then, the amount of renewable energy produced in the state has tripled, with 1 in 3 households now generating electricity on their rooftop.
More than 21% of Queensland's electricity needs are now met with cleaner energy. This has built a multibillion-dollar renewable industry that powers more jobs across the state.
As the ‘Sunshine State’, Queensland has world-class solar and wind, the ideal geography for large-scale pumped hydro, and the critical minerals below the ground to make the renewable energy technologies needed to decarbonise.
‘Cleaner energy will enable exciting new industries like renewable hydrogen which could represent billions in exports and thousands of new clean energy jobs, mostly in our regions,’ says Deputy Premier, Steven Miles.