Re­new­able elec­tric­ity cops blame

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - STEVEN WARDILL

QUEEN SLANDERS are blam­ing re­new­able en­ergy for surg­ing power prices.

Most Queens­lan­ders have also backed a pro­posal for a new coal- fired power sta­tion in the North to help drive eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and bring down prices.

The find­ings from a new Gal­axy Poll are a bit­ter blow for the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment, which has hotly pur­sued a 50 per cent re­new­able en­ergy tar­get and con­demned the costs of new coal- fired power.

Queens­land’s stan­dard elec­tric­ity tar­iff has surged from 14c per kWh with a $ 5.40 a month ser­vice fee to al­most 26c per kWh and 87c a day over the past decade.

A typ­i­cal Queens­land cus­tomer will pay al­most $ 2000 for power in 2017- 18 while small busi­nesses will pay $ 2550 af­ter rises of 3.3 per cent and 4.1 per cent re­spec­tively.

The Gal­axy Poll found 47 per cent of vot­ers be­lieved re­new­able en­ergy was driv­ing up their prices, while just 14 per cent thought so­lar, wind and other sources were keep­ing costs down. It found 28 per cent be­lieved re­new­ables were hav­ing no im­pact.

One in three of La­bor’s own sup­port­ers were crit­i­cal of re­new­ables. Op­po­si­tion was strong­est at 62 per cent among One Na­tion vot­ers.

The poll found 50 per cent of vot­ers sup­ported a coal- fired power sta­tion in North Queens­land while 40 per cent were op­posed.

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