Queensland Renewable Energy Zone Roadmap released for consultation

In July 2023, the Queensland Government published its Draft 2023 Queensland Renewable Energy Zone Roadmap outlining the proposed “pathway” of wind and solar farm projects across Queensland to provide clean, reliable and affordable power.

The Draft Roadmap can be found here and has been published for public consultation with feedback on the Draft Roadmap open until Friday 22 September 2023.

As part of the Roadmap, the identification of “Renewable Energy Zones” are said to be key to Queensland’s commitment to achieving the reduced, and ultimately net zero, emissions. Following in the footsteps of other states, such as New South Wales with its 2020 Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap, the Draft Roadmap provides the framework and associated infrastructure for the planned renewable energy projects in the Renewable Energy Zones.

The Draft Roadmap identifies 12 Renewable Energy Zones for development throughout Queensland across three phases up to 2035. The Draft Roadmap reports that such projects will deliver a steady pipeline of approximately 4,000 direct ongoing renewable energy construction jobs and highlights the current prediction that Renewable Energy projects will create 100,000 Queensland jobs by 2040.

The Queensland Government has identified the following four questions to be answered in the feedback submissions in relation to the Draft Roadmap:

  1. What should the strategic and detailed Renewable Energy Zones Readiness Assessments focus on to maximise local opportunities and manage impacts from Renewable Energy Zones development?
  2. How should Regional Energy Reference Groups be established and what role should they play in setting local investment priorities and shaping Renewable Energy Zones outcomes?
  3. Should there be a coordinated scheme in place to invest in local priorities to leave a positive legacy for Renewable Energy Zones communities and how should this operate?
  4. What else do we need to consider for Renewable Energy Zones development in Queensland?

This is yet another step that the State and the Country is taking as part of the commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, which has seen a recent influx in Renewable Energy projects, government funding and public attention to shift the County’s source of power away from fossilised fuels.

CDI Lawyers will keep you up to date with any relevant Renewable Energy developments, and how they will impact the industry, when they occur.

Key contacts:

Christopher Rowden – Principal
Jay Hatten – Principal

 

 

Jake Lengui – Associate

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