Qld Gov wants your power in­put

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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