MEDIA RELEASE November 5, 2017: Coming clean on energy, costs and renewable power
Peak environment group the Queensland Conservation Council has expressed concern about LNP Leader Tim Nicholls’ announcement today that he will scrap Queensland’s 50% renewable energy target. Instead, the LNP will continue to back a new coal power station in North Queensland, because they claim it will be cheaper.
“Tim Nicholls’ comments on renewable energy and coal fired power make no sense financially or policy-wise”, said Queensland Conservation Council head Dr Tim Seelig.
“Renewable energy is the cheapest, best energy option for the future. A brand new coal-fired power station would be extraordinarily expensive, and would undoubtedly require huge public subsidies for something destined to become a stranded asset.
“Let’s have an honest analysis of energy production costs into the future, and how to manage power pricing along the way.
“The best way to reduce power prices long-term is to rapidly transition our energy system to something that runs on freely available resources such as the sun, wind and water, and where energy can be stored and distributed locally.
“Queensland is a leader in take up of household level rooftop solar, but we need to support largescale renewables investment, and in largescale battery technology and local network systems.
“The best way of doing that is by having ambitious but achievable targets for renewables, set in law, to send a strong signal to industry and the community that Queensland is very serious about a renewables future.
“Queensland’s current ‘50% renewable energy by 2030’ target is a great start, and should be endorsed across the political spectrum to provide certainty and stability to investors.
“We also need a strong emphasis on energy efficiency and demand reduction through smart technologies, and renewed focus on better household and business energy consumption and management. This will help with costs.
“Renewable energy is one critical pathway to cutting carbon emissions. Let’s get away from dirty power generation, and embrace the energy future that does not cost the earth.”
QCC’s policy for renewables and climate can be seen at: http://www.queenslandconservation.org.au/state_election_2017
For further comment contact:
Queensland Conservation Council Coordinator Dr Tim Seelig on 0439 201 183