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Queensland identifies ‘renewable energy zones’ as part of $62bn ‘super grid’ plan

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Queensland government has identified 12 renewable energy zones across the state to facilitate its $62bn plan to decarbonise its electricity supply
• The plan includes a "super grid" of renewable power, storage, and transmission lines to be connected by 2035

🔭 The context: Last year, Queensland set a target to generate 80% of its electricity from renewables by 2035 and to stop relying on coal for power by the same year
• The state accounts for almost a third of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, with electricity generation contributing to one-third of Queensland's emissions

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: By transitioning to renewable energy, Queensland is aiming to lead the way in Australia's broader shift towards cleaner energy, reducing the countries greenhouse emissions

⏭️ What's next: The Queensland government is planning to enact legislation by the end of the year to establish the renewable energy zones
• In the roadmap, the state plans to create local consultation groups, expert panels, and dedicated assessments for potential projects and job opportunities in each zone

💬 One quote: “We want to establish Queensland’s transition as a best-practice case study for the nation.” (Mick de Brenni, Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen)

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