The Brisbane Times reports (12.10.16) on details of a draft independent report into Queensland’s future energy security, outlining the part that the renewable energy sector will play in the state’s mix of energy sources.
‘The security of Queensland’s power supply won’t be undermined by a government target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, Energy Minister Mark Bailey says.
‘The state government on Wednesday released a draft independent report on how to achieve the target, with authors insisting it would also be “broadly cost-neutral” to consumers.
‘”I reject assertions that this is unrealistic,” Mr Bailey said. “It is absolutely achievable and realistic.”
‘Engineer and investment banker Colin Mugglestone, who chaired the panel that produced the report, said the impact on consumers would be mitigated by lower wholesale prices driven by renewables coming into the system.