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Queensland set to enter new era in renewable energy with Ergon wind farm deal

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (26.5.16) on the prospects of a new wind farm project in far north Queensland, which would add hugely to the state’s renewable energy sector.

‘Queensland is on the verge of entering one of its biggest renewable energy deals to date, in a potential joint-venture worth nearly $1 billion to the economy.

‘The state owned Ergon Energy has offered a ‘power purchase agreement’ to the Mount Emerald Wind Farm, a joint venture between Ratch Australia and Port Bajool, which would progress a 170 megawatt wind farm in the State’s far north.

‘The government has committed to establishing a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030. A report into the renewable sector in Queensland found that big scale wind projects, which benefit the most from the federal government’s Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target were currently lacking in Queensland, with Victoria and South Australia so far attracting the bulk of the investment.’

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