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Queensland government calls for 'open mind' on power generation

Stuart Layt reports in the Brisbane Times (21.6.17) on the Palaszczuk Government's appeals to its federal counterpart for an 'open mind' in potentially helping to fund a diverse array of power-generating projects in Queensland.

'The Queensland government is calling on the Commonwealth to keep an open mind about electricity generation, as the federal government moves to back coal-fired power in the north of the state.

'Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was open to the idea of "clean coal" power stations, and has flagged using a "reverse auction" to get the cheapest price to build new coal-fired power stations, including in north Queensland.

'Queensland Energy Minister Mark Bailey talked to his federal counterpart Josh Frydenberg following the announcement on Tuesday and said he welcomed the idea of getting the lowest cost for a new power station in the state's north.

'But he said if the federal government was truly keeping an open mind about power, many renewable sources of energy were now cheaper than coal.'


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