BATTERY PLAN: Genex Power is looking to build the Como Battery Project at a substation near Rockhampton similar to this 30MW/30MWh Ballarat Battery in Victoria.
BATTERY PLAN: Genex Power is looking to build the Como Battery Project at a substation near Rockhampton similar to this 30MW/30MWh Ballarat Battery in Victoria.

State Minister calling for support over Darling Downs renewable projects

As the Darling Downs and Surat Basin region continue to make a name for themselves as a growing renewable energy hub, a Queensland MP has called on the State Government to clarify their energy policy.

Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni has slammed the LNPs “latest thought bubble” on energy policy, which includes bringing nuclear energy to Queensland.

Mr de Brenni said the government should continue investing in renewable energy sources like the proposed hydrogen plant near the Kogan Creek power station.

He said Queenslanders had previously “emphatically rejected” nuclear power time and time again.

“Inner city Liberals are pushing renewables, Nationals are nuclear and the result is the lack of a coherent national energy policy,” Mr de Brenni said.

“Manufacturing and resources companies are investing in cheaper, cleaner energy to grow jobs in Queensland by investing in renewables, not old fashioned, dangerous options.”

It was revealed earlier in the month that CS Energy were collaborating with Japanese company IHI Corporation to assess the feasibility of establishing a renewable hydrogen demonstration plant next to the Kogan Creek Power Station on the Western Downs.

The Wambo Wind Farm is one other renewable energy project quickly being erected on the Western Downs.

Mr de Brenni said not only would renewable energy sources reduce the state’s carbon footprint, it would also play an important role in generating thousands of jobs for Queenslanders.

“Queensland’s renewable energy zones have been flooded with enough interest to create 60,000 megawatts of extra clean energy, which could create up to 57,000 jobs in construction alone, let alone the influx of load intensive manufacturing jobs,” he said.

“And we have the youngest fleet of coal-fired power stations.

“This ongoing investment in large-scale renewable energy is only happening because of Queensland’s very clear energy policy.

“What regional Queensland needs is an Australian government that is united on growing manufacturing and delivering cleaner, cheaper, energy.

“Not a government that is tearing itself apart and proposing antiquated solutions.”

Originally published as State Minister calling for support over Darling Downs renewable projects