Queensland presents AUD-62bn prepare for state-wide renewables SuperGrid

Sep 28, 2022 03:02 PM ET
  • The Queensland government on Wednesday introduced a AUD-62-billion (USD 39.6 bn/EUR 41.4 bn) energy and also jobs intend that is suggested to enable the Australian state to develop a renewables-based "SuperGrid" and also lower dependence on coal-fired power generation by 2035.
Queensland presents AUD-62bn prepare for state-wide renewables SuperGrid
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The SuperGrid is seen as a network connecting solar, wind, energy storage space as well as hydrogen generation across the state, with the prospective to open 22 GW of new renewables, the government claimed. The plan includes battery setups yet likewise the construction of two enormous pumped storage space hydro centers capable of delivering up to 7 GW of long-duration storage.

According to Queensland deputy premier Steven Miles, the two new pumped hydro nuclear power plant would certainly be bigger than Australia's Snowy Mountains Scheme, a 4.1-GW multi-station hydroelectric complicated with 600 MW of pumping capacity.

The government additionally proposed to gradually convert all publicly-owned coal-fired nuclear power plant into backup systems yet generally right into clean energy hubs by 2035, with each site holding site-specific modern technologies according to neighborhood characteristics. At one of those sites, Queensland will certainly construct its very first hydrogen-ready gas coming to a head plant.

The entire effort will certainly assist Queensland resource 70% of its power supply from renewables by 2032 and 80% by 2035, contrasted to the previous target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

The strategy will be financed through a combination of public as well as exclusive investments, however the public will certainly 100% own transmission as well as distribution grids as well as the two pumped hydro terminals. The public will certainly likewise have a majority ownership in the generation assets, the federal government claimed.

" This strategy is all about less expensive, cleaner and also safe energy for Queenslanders," claimed Queensland top Annastacia Palaszczuk. "It has to do with turbo-charging new investment in new minerals, batteries and also manufacturing. [...] This plan makes Queensland the renewable energy funding of the globe."

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