Ideology not power
THE Palaszczuk Government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) of 50% by 2030 is nothing short of scandalous.
We are already at risk from a shortfall in base load power caused by the government’s ideological adherence to renewable energy despite advice from the Australian Energy Market Regulator which emphasises the need to fix this shortage by using coal or gas generators along with renewable ones.
As part of the Powering Queensland Plan, the Palaszczuk Government says it will spend an additional $770 million over the next three years subsidising power prices by removing the costs of the Solar Bonus Scheme from our electricity bills.
Thanks for nothing. Taxpayers will still have to pay for this, of course, probably largely through the latest hike to the cost of our motor vehicle registration, but why should we be paying for the Solar Bonus Scheme at all?
The Solar Bonus Scheme is that exorbitant and ill-conceived creation by the government of a 44 cent tariff to be paid to home owners who install solar panels and feed power into the grid.
Until now the government has dumped the cost of their scheme onto the power bills of home owners without solar panels. Where is the justice and fairness in that?
The Powering Queensland Plan also includes power purchase agreements with a solar farm and a wind farm – first steps on the government’s path to its 50% RET.
As with the Solar Bonus Scheme, renewable energy producers are subsidised for little or no public benefit.
Why should we taxpayers in a state like Queensland – rich with reserves of gas, coal and uranium – be forced into subsidising windmills and solar panels by a government indulging in ideology at the expense of providing its citizens and businesses with reliable power?
This is the very practice which has forced up the cost of electricity to unaffordable levels.
— Trish Badgery, Shorncliffe