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Queensland plans to reach 70 percent renewable energy by 2032

September 28, 2022

Renew Economy:

The Queensland Labor government has announced a new 70 per cent renewable energy target for 2032, an 80 per cent target for 2035 and plans to attract $62 billion in public and private investment in green energy over the next 13 years.

The new targets, which will be legislated, were unveiled as part of a new 10-year energy and jobs plan on Wednesday by Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

It includes plans for 22GW of new wind and solar, 11.5GW of rooftop solar, 9GW of battery storage (mostly household and business) and two massive new pumped hydro projects totalling 7GW and 24 hours storage.

Palaszczuk also flagged the creation of a new “super grid”, essentially built around a commitment to the Copperstring transmission link from near Townsville to Mt Isa, ploughing ahead with a project that was first rejected by the state government more than a decade ago.

he also flagged a new “hydrogen ready” gas fired power station to be built next to the Kogan Creek coal fired generator. It is expected 3GW of “firming” capacity from gas or renewable hydrogen will be needed in 2035. Further system strength will come from hydrogen electrolysers built for the export industry. 

[Giles Parkinson and Sophie Vorrath]

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