Queensland Coal Comes To The Rescue Of South Australia And Victoria

Queensland Coal Comes To The Rescue Of South Australia And Victoria

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt

Queensland’s Electricity Supply Secure According To New Report

Victor P Taffa

Queensland’s electricity supply remains secure a fact that has been backed up by a report released by Australia’s Energy Market Operator.

Treasurer and Minister for Energy Curtis Pitt said Queenslanders expect and deserve an electricity supply that is secure and reliable and that’s exactly what they’ve got.

“Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) report predicts that Queensland’s electricity generation, which is underpinned by coal and gas-fired generators and an increasingly diverse mix of renewable energy and supporting technologies, will be able to meet expected demand in all forecast scenarios.” Treasurer Pitt said.

“In fact, Queensland’s supply is so secure, we will continue to export electricity supply interstate which means we can help cover predicted shortfalls in southern states due to extreme weather conditions like the heatwaves last summer.”

“AEMO report also sets out that other states are not in the same secure position as Queensland, because of the closure and predicted closure of privately coal-fired power stations in southern states and lack of new supply coming online.” Treasurer Pitt said.

“We’ve seen a lack of industry investment in new energy projects to replace the supply lost in other states this is due to policy inaction and uncertainty by both the Abbott and Turnbull Governments stifling investment and future industry certainty.”

Treasurer Pitt said despite the Federal Government’s policy indecision leaving industry in the dark the Queensland government has got the policy settings right for renewables and the continuing security and reliability of Queensland electricity supply.

“Queensland has over 20 renewable energy projects with a capacity of 1,800MW that are either committed or under construction, many of which have not been factored in the AEMO report. This is on top of two large-scale solar projects which have already come online under the Palaszczuk government.”

“While no additional generation is needed in Queensland in the short to medium term for security, new renewable generation will help to put downward pressure on wholesale prices.” Treasurer Pitt said.

“This report is more evidence that the Palaszczuk Government’s transition to a 50 % renewable energy target is both sensible and ensures security of supply and that the LNP’s push for a coal-fired power station is redundant.”

Treasurer Pitt said the report proved the LNP opposition’s hyperbole around the Palaszczuk Government’s renewable energy target was nothing but fear-mongering.

“Tim Nicholls and Deb Frecklington today labelled our 50 % renewable energy target as ‘extreme’ and ridiculed our plan for Queensland but the proof is in the pudding and AEMO has today assured Queenslanders that we are in the best position possible, we are an energy powerhouse.” Treasurer Pitt said.

“Despite this, the LNP want to scrap Queensland’s state-based RET, and instead follow the Turnbull Government who has no plan and no target beyond 2020, just two years away.”

Treasurer Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government had worked hard to ensure that Queensland had a secure electricity supply and can continue to export power while we transition to a renewable future.

“Palaszczuk Government’s Powering Queensland Plan promotes our sustainable energy mix including coal, gas and renewables to secure supply and put downward pressure on energy prices.” Treasurer Pitt said.

“We directed Stanwell to bring Swanbank E gas-fired power station back online and alter its bidding strategies to help maximise downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices.”

“We’ve also appointed an independent Energy Security Taskforce to develop a Demand Management and Energy Efficiency strategy to better manage peak demand and improve the resilience of the electricity grid.”

“Even though Queensland is in an extremely secure position, as proven by today’s report, we will continue to plan for the integration of the next phase of renewables and supporting technologies to ensure we continue to have high security and reliability.” Treasurer Pitt said.

MCG with Windmills to be placed at either end as the theory goes.

Hazelwood Power Station does not need to be closed down.










Windmill Policy

In a policy designed to leave people and businesses in the dark and without electricity States of South Australia and Victoria have shutdown Coal Fired Power Stations and replaced them with Windmills.

Victoria plans to place windmills at either end of the MCG.

Clearly the only people to benefit from a Windmill Policy in Victoria are the Richmond Tigers and dual Coleman Medalist Jack Riewoldt with gusts and strong winds assisting Riewoldt in kicking goals beyond the 50 metre arch in the 2017 AFL Finals Series.

Apart from that a Windmill Policy is utterly useless to anyone else.

Both South Australia and Victoria will need to restore and regenerate their old Coal Fired Power Stations in the interim with Queensland coal coming to the rescue.

For any Government to leave its residents in the dark and in the lurch is an absolute disgrace.

Otherwise people would really care about skyrocketing power bills and act accordingly.

Abbreviations And Clarifications

(AFL) Australian Football League

(LNP) Liberal National Party

(MCG) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Queensland Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls

Queensland Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington