PIC: Steve Langer, the Queensland Government’s chief energy adviser, told the ABC the state was on track to meet its target of producing 25 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2035.
“It’s been a challenging period, but I think the Queensland government is on track,” he said.
“The last few months have seen a huge surge in investment from the private sector, including the construction of the largest solar farm in Queensland history, which is a project in the Kimberley.”
The Government’s target for Queensland is to reach 30 per cent renewable energy by 2020.
It is also aiming to increase the amount of electricity produced from renewable sources to 50 per cent by 2040.
PIC source ABC News (Queensland) title Power companies are struggling to meet targets, says the Queensland Energy Union source ABC (Queenland) headline Queensland’s power companies are fighting to meet their 2020 renewable energy targets, with Queensland Energy Workers Union President Stephen Langer warning the industry is facing a “political and economic crisis”.
“The big players in the electricity sector are all fighting to keep their renewable energy target and we know they’re trying to keep the political pressure up,” Mr Langer said.
He said there was an “unacceptable” lack of transparency from the state’s power operators and it was “unprecedented” for a state to “put up a target like this and be completely ignored”.
Mr Langers union has been campaigning for the state to be allowed to meet the target, which it says is essential to achieve a “clean energy future”.
The energy union said its members had received more than 50,000 emails and letters from members about the target and its implementation.
“There is a political and economic breakdown of the electricity industry in Queensland,” Mr Picken said.
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