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Queensland turns its back on coal to embrace renewables


Source: AFR, 29 Aug 2015

The Queensland Labor government has flagged a dramatic shift away from the coal sector as it attempts to reach its ambitious target of 50 per cent of renewable energy by 2030.

Despite the coal industry delivering billions of dollars in royalties and thousands of jobs each year, Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk government would be doing everything it could to support the development of solar and wind projects in the state.

This included forcing state-owned energy company Ergon Energy to purchase 150 megawatts of renewable energy from the market as well as doubling the number of homes with roof-top solar systems to more than 1 million by 2020.

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