MEDIA RELEASE: August 30, 2018 – Peak conservation group, the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) has welcomed today’s announcement from the Palaszczuk government that they will deliver on their election commitment to support publicly owned renewable generation assets in Queensland under CleanCo.
Today’s announcement comes with a down payment of $250 million to deliver renewable energy generation projects across the state and see CleanCo entering the energy market by mid-2019.
“QCC welcomes the Queensland Government’s plans to begin work on developing publicly owned renewable energy generation assets across the state,” said Queensland Conservation Council policy officer Lisa Cliff.
“We recognise that future CleanCo projects will not only create jobs and deliver economic benefits to Queensland, but also go a long way to addressing the State’s greenhouse gas emissions and reducing Queensland's contribution to climate change, if appropriately managed.
“We would have liked to have seen a clear commitment to clean energy reflected under the commitment, however, the inclusion of the Swanbank E Gas plant under CleanCo's portfolio is concerning. Continued public ownership of gas energy generation presents a climate-related financial risk and is a clear divergence away from the clean and renewable energy future that Queensland urgently needs to deliver a zero-net emissions future.
The Queensland Government also announced a Queensland Just Transition Group and Advisory Committee to assist affected workers and communities throughout the transition to a clean energy future.
“The move to establish a Just Transition Group is great to see, and we hope it will place the necessary focus on involving affected communities in planning for their low carbon futures.
“We wish to thank the Queensland Government for their ongoing efforts to deliver on the 50% renewable energy by 2030 target. We would also like to see bolder steps taken to involve Queenslanders in guiding and implementing actions to shift away from a fossil fuel reliant economy.”