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Carbon tax may be needed to hit renewable energy targets

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (11.5.16) on Queensland’s lagging efforts to reach its renewable energy targets, as revealed in a Department of Energy and Water Supply issues paper.

‘The Queensland government may have to consider a carbon tax, among other policy instruments, if it is to reach its stated target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

‘An issues paper released by Energy Minister Mark Bailey on Tuesday found that the sunshine state has been lagging when it comes to renewable energy, failing to utilise some of its greatest power assets – the environment around it.

‘Despite a strong take-up on rooftop solar, that has not translated to large-scale renewable energy generation.

‘Of the 200 terrawatt-hours of electricity consumed each year in Australia, just 11 per cent comes from renewables, with 77 per cent coming from coal-fired generation plants.’

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