Qld Gov wants your power input
WHETHER it is lower electricity prices or more renewable energy options, the Queensland government wants your input into shaping the future of electricity in the state.
The 30-year Electricity Strategy discussion paper was released recently as part of the government’s action plan and Energy Minister Mark McArdle wants feedback from residents and businesses.
‘‘Electricity and the way we transmit and use electricity has changed in the past 30 years and in the next 30 years technology will play a major role in all those components,’’ he said.
‘‘I want to start a mindset as to what are the issues that we need to deal with to get the best out of our electricity and how to use it on the ground.
‘‘No one can predict what it will look like in 30 years but if you start capturing ideas coming out now, we can work towards answers to questions as time goes by.’’
Renewable energies could be the future of the state, only if they are cost effective and do not have to be subsidised by the government, who wants ideas on bringing the cost of electricity down.
‘‘What’s the future for people generating enough electricity not just to meet their needs in daylight hours but storing excess in solar batteries for peak times between 4-8pm - it could mean people no longer needing to be on the grid with exception to certain circumstances like weather events,’’ Mr McArdle said.
‘‘That’s long term, short term we are dealing with the critical issue of the cost of power and how to get that cost down to a reasonable level. People in businesses, homes and factories with this issue can have input into ideas we can capture and draw from to move forward.
‘‘Electricity is one of the major drivers of the cost of living and every day people are receiving power bills across the state that have escalated in the last five to 10 years, we need their input on how to keep the price level down, one idea could be married with a second or third idea to form a solution.’’
Member for Cook David Kempton is encouraging everyone to get involved and provide feedback, which will help shape the final 30-YearElectricity Strategy plan, to be released next year.
‘‘This is a great state with great opportunity but we must make sure Cook consumers play a part in this significant reform,’’ he said.
The discussion paper is available at www.dews.qld.gov.au and submissions close on December 6.