Like our Ma­roons, Queens­land elec­tric­ity is ro­bust and sta­ble

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

LIKE the New South Wales Ori­gin team, Phil Gould and Malcolm Turn­bull, many res­i­dents of New South Wales un­der­es­ti­mate and un­der­value Queens­lan­ders.

Un­for­tu­nately, it ap­pears Paul Mur­ray ( Townsville Bul­letin, July 22), another Syd­neysider, has joined th­ese Blues with his com­ments about elec­tric­ity.

Queens­land state. is Aus­tralia’s en­ergy

Un­like other states, in­clud­ing NSW, Queens­land is devel­op­ing and us­ing an en­ergy mix of coal, gas and so­lar.

Other states, in­clud­ing NSW, ei­ther have mora­to­ria on ex­plor­ing and ex­tract­ing gas or refuse to har­ness re­new­able en­ergy re­sources.

Un­like other states, in­clud­ing NSW, Queens­land owns its elec­tric­ity net­work and gen­er­a­tors, in­clud­ing coal- fired power gen­er­a­tion.

Un­der the Na­tional Elec­tric­ity Mar­ket, Queens­land ex­ports elec­tric­ity to NSW be­cause they do not pro­duce enough for them­selves.

Last fi­nan­cial year, we ex­ported more than 3700 gi­gawatt hours of elec­tric­ity to NSW.

This is the equiv­a­lent av­er­age an­nual elec­tric­ity use of more than 900,000 homes.

When Blues sup­port­ers – like Gould, Turn­bull and Mur­ray – turn on their lights in Syd­ney, of­ten they are do­ing it thanks to Queens­land­gen­er­ated elec­tric­ity.

Iron­i­cally, when NSW Pre­mier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian hon­oured our State of Ori­gin bet, when Queens­land won the re­cent series, to light up the NSW Par­lia­ment House in Ma­roon colours she was also re­ly­ing on Ma­roon power. AN­NASTA­CIA PALASZCZUK,

Pre­mier of Queens­land.

Queens­land has abun­dant elec­tric­ity.

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