Renewable electricity cops blame
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.