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Powering the Future: Queensland’s Renewable Challenge

People in a community with wind turbines, symbolizing sustainable and renewable energy sources.

In September 2022, Queensland unveiled its SuperGrid Blueprint, hoping to drastically increase its use of renewable energy. They’re aiming high – wanting 70% of their energy from renewable sources by 2032 and 80% by 2035. This is a big deal for a place that once relied heavily on coal.

Central to this plan are six special areas called Renewable Energy Zones, which will use the sun and wind to generate power. But, like all big plans, there are challenges. Many are wondering if the sun and wind can provide enough constant power, especially during high-demand times.

There are also concerns about terms like “low to zero emission gas-fired generation.” What exactly does “low to zero” mean? Vague phrases like these make some people doubt the plan’s true commitment to clean energy.

While Queensland’s connection with neighboring New South Wales provides a backup plan, it raises questions. Does Queensland truly believe it can stand on its own two feet in this energy transition?

Even with these uncertainties, the SuperGrid Blueprint holds promise. It could pave the way for new innovations and show other regions how to shift towards cleaner energy. However, turning these plans into reality won’t be easy.

In the end, only time will tell if Queensland’s energy vision will light up the future or if it’s just chasing the wind.

This is a summary article from Edge2020 – read the original article.

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