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New measures to improve renewable rollout welcomed

Funding from the Queensland Government to improve the environmental and social outcomes of renewable energy have today been welcomed by the Queensland Conservation Council.

The $5.5 million funding package will go towards facilitating solar panel recycling as well as guiding better practice in the renewable energy sector.

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Revealed: Why Queensland power bills remain high, despite renewable energy savings

New analysis has found that Queensland's more than 1 million rooftop solar installations and large-scale renewable projects brought down average wholesale power prices in 2023 by $117/MWh.

The research (PDF 325k) by the Queensland Conservation Council found these savings in the wholesale market would equate to an average saving of $400 per household if they were passed on by electricity retailers.

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Queensland conservationists back positive renewables

Today the Queensland Conservation Council, alongside nine Queensland regional environmental and conservation groups, have released a shared statement in support of a well-planned roll out of renewable energy (PDF 7mb).

The statement points to the positive outcomes that the energy transformation can have for the environment, regional and First Nations communities if delivered well.

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Regional communities to have greater say in Qld renewables roll out

The Queensland Conservation Council welcomes the Queensland Government's release of the Renewable Energy Zone Roadmap as a leap toward better outcomes for regional communities through the energy transformation.

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Queenslanders still not seeing the full benefits of renewable energy on their power bills

Queensland Conservation Council today welcomes the stabilisation of prices in the 2024-25 Australian Energy Regulators Default Market Offer.

"This year, customers on the default market offer in Queensland will face increases of up to 2.7 per cent. This is a far cry from last year where Queensland consumers faced price hikes of 20 per cent," said QCC's Energy Strategist Clare Silcock.

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Queensland LNP splinters from Feds, rules out nuclear

L-R: Sam O'Connor, Queensland Shadow Environment Minister; Dave Copeman, QCC Director

The Queensland Opposition has distanced themselves from their federal counterparts by ruling out nuclear power for the state, a move that has been welcomed by the Queensland Conservation Council.

Yesterday at the Queensland Environment Round Table, Sam O'Connor, Queensland's Shadow Environment Minister, publicly guaranteed that nuclear will not be a part of the State LNP's energy transformation plan, citing that the cost just doesn't stack up.

Mr O'Connor also raised doubts about communities' willingness to accept nuclear reactors in their local area.

Dave Copeman, Director of the Queensland Conservation Council, said: 

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Coalition's nuclear plan a meltdown of reason

When I was studying Chemistry at University I was intrigued by the idea of nuclear energy. I thought unleashing the power of the atom with nuclear fission was genius, and the best part, it could clean up Australia's most polluting sector.

Since then I've learnt that, like my dreams of a Chemistry nobel prize, nuclear energy in Australia has no feasible path to reality.

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Sunny news for Queensland's renters

The Queensland Conservation Council today welcomes the state Liberal National Party's announcement of a solar for renters program.

The Supercharged Solar for Renters plan will provide grants of up to $3,500 toward the installation of solar panels on rental homes.

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Gladstone explosion demonstrates danger of gas to climate, communities

The explosion in a gas line near Gladstone, currently causing chaos for local industry, is another reminder of the unreliability and danger of gas as an energy source, according to Queensland's peak environment body.

The underground gas leak and explosion near Bauhinia in Central Queensland has affected key industries in Gladstone and demonstrates the need to improve monitoring of our existing infrastructure and transition safely to new renewable energy sources.

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Exclusive: Analysis reveals renewable pipeline to save Qlders $500 per year

This report tracks the progress of Queensland's energy transition, maps the projected construction over the next three years, and outlines the benefits these projects can bring to communities through jobs and stable energy prices.

New modelling shows the thirteen new solar and wind farms likely to be built in Queensland over the next three years will reduce wholesale electricity prices by $90/MWh, or an average of $500 per household annually, compared to business as usual.

The research from the Queensland Conservation Council demonstrates that Queensland has a strong pipeline of clean energy projects and momentum to reach our 80 per cent renewable energy target by 2035.

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