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Queensland commits to 50% renewable target by 2030


Source: Renew Economy 14 May 2015

The new Labor government in Queensland has confirmed its commitment to generating 50 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030, and to ensure that one million of its homes had rooftop solar by 2020.

The plans were outlined in Labor’s pre-election policy release, although there were some concern that these were the aspirations of a party that expected to remain in Opposition.

However, Mark Bailey, the new energy minister, told RenewEconomy that the government is determined to reach those targets, and is establishing a state-based Productivity Commission to provide a policy pathway to get there.

“Renewable energy has long since stopped being a fringe issue, now is the time for Queensland to make this happen,” Bailey said before a speech at the Australian Solar Conference in Melbourne.

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