SOLAR SURGE: Minister for Energy Mark Bailey speaks at the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise National Energy Summit.
SOLAR SURGE: Minister for Energy Mark Bailey speaks at the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise National Energy Summit. Contributed

Coal won't affect renewable goal

NANANGO MP Deb Freklington has said she fears a push for renewables would mean job losses at Stanwell in the South Burnett.

Mrs Frecklington said the State Government's 50 per cent renewable energy target would shut down power stations.

She wanted the premier to guarantee Stanwell would not close.

"Labor's crazy green scheme signals the death knell for Stanwell and the loss of South Burnett jobs,” she said. Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the modelling undertaken for the Queensland Energy Experts panel found early retirement of coal-fired generation in Queensland would not occur in achieving a 50 per cent renewable target under two of three pathways modelled.

"Queensland has the youngest and most efficient fleet of coal-fired generators in the National Electricity Market and these plans will make a important role in supporting a larger share of renewables,” he said.

"The Renewable Energy Expert Panel found that coal and gas-fired generation are expected to continue to play a significant role in Queensland under a 50 per cent target to 2030.

"Importantly, the work done by the Renewable Energy Expert Panel also found that our 50 per cent by 2030 target would have a cost neutral impact on Queensland electricity customers.

"This is due to additional supply and falling costs from new renewable generators placing downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices.”

Mr Bailey said it was hypocritical of Mrs Frecklington to fear for job losses at Stanwell considering there was more than 130 jobs lost at Stanwell while the LNP was in power in 2013.

The Australian Energy Council, which represents 21 energy companies, said a new coal-fired power station "doesn't make any sense”.

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