A new report released with Solar Citizens on 16 January has found that fast-tracking Queensland’s rollout of renewable energy and making clean technology available to more Queenslanders would create 26,000 new jobs and bring down electricity bills for consumers.
The report found that large-scale solar, wind and storage projects across the Sunshine State brought wholesale power costs down by $25/MWh in 2022, equivalent to nearly $100 per household. Further renewable energy investment could bring down costs by more than $500 per household by 2025.
The Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, released in September 2022, was a welcome step in the right direction. But the only way to bring down prices for consumers is to move more quickly into a renewable energy future to break our reliance on ageing, unreliable and expensive fossil fuels.
We are calling on the Queensland Government to:
- Rollout 2,500 GW more renewable energy and storage, on top of planned projects, by 2025 to bring down power prices and improve reliability.
- Provide support for everyone to access cheap solar energy.
- Fast-track measures to help everyone save with household electrification.
- Establish Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts in Townsville and Gladstone.
- Improve Energy Efficiency in Queensland’s Rentals.
Read the media release here
Read the full report here