Gold Coasters encouraged to have their say on Qld’s renewable energy future

Gold Coast householders, businesses and community groups are being encouraged to have their say on Queensland’s transition to renewable energy when the independent Renewable Energy Expert Panel visits the Gold Coast on 26 October.

Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said the newly released ‘Credible Pathways to a 50 per cent Renewable Energy Target for Queensland – Draft Report’ by the independent Renewable Energy Expert Panel is a ground breaking development to a cleaner, greener renewable energy future.

“The draft report which identifies three credible pathways to transition to a 50 per cent by 2030 target shows that this is achievable, is cost effective and sustainable and will significantly boost clean energy investment and jobs, particularly in regional Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.


“This includes $6.7 billion of investment and a net average increase in employment of around 6,400-6,700 direct and indirect jobs per annum between 2020 and 2030, mostly in regional Queensland.

“The draft report also shows the transition would have a cost neutral impact on Queensland’s electricity consumers.

“The Renewable Energy public forum gives the Gold Coast community the chance to have their say on the draft report, and how their energy is generated.

“I encourage the people of the Gold Coast to head along to the upcoming Renewable Energy public forum.”

The forum will take place on Wednesday 26 October at the Vibe Hotel, Surfers Paradise.