Queensland Renewable Energy Targets Lack of Clarity: Report


The Queensland Audit Office (QAO) has released a statement about the transition to renewable energy sources by the state government after discovering that progress calculations are inaccurate and renewable energy targets are not clearly defined. Recommended to improve the transparency and accuracy of the report.

Renewable energy currently accounts for about 18% of the energy produced in Queensland, but in 2017 the Government of Parashek set a goal of achieving 50% energy consumption by 2030.

The progress of Queensland’s transition to renewable energy is measured by dividing energy production by energy consumption.

QAO has found that the Ministry of Energy and the Office of Public Works, which are responsible for managing the transition, have reported a “estimated performance” of 20% for Queensland’s renewable energy.

However, this calculation does not include all non-renewable energies such as diesel power. It also does not include the energy generated by small facilities. And we assumed that all bioenergy generators would achieve the same performance as the largest bioenergy generators.

“When we recalculated the performance against our goals, Queensland’s progress was about 19%.” The report said..

The report explained that the omission of 1 percentage point (actual 19 percent vs. reported 20 percent) at the level of renewable energy was transformed into significant changes in Queensland’s energy system.

Courier-Mail reported that Auditor Brendan Waral was unable to determine whether the state government was on track to reach its goals for 2030 and beyond.

“We haven’t set the desired combination of wind, solar and hydropower, and we haven’t set the details for suitable locations for renewable energy development,” he said.

“As a result, it is difficult to know if the transition to renewable energy is on track or if the department needs to coordinate its objectives and processes.”

QAO recommended that the government publish more information about Queensland’s actual renewable energies, such as the amount of energy generated from wind, solar and other energy sources.

Rooftop solar power accounts for up to 40% of the state’s share of renewable energy sources (18). This is followed by 27% large-scale solar power generation. Then blow the wind at 14%. Bioenergy, 12 years old. And 7% hydropower.

On the other hand, most of Queensland’s energy comes from heat sources such as 68% coal and 13% gas.

QAO also issued a detailed official statement on how Queensland’s renewable energy targets are defined and measured, including small-scale renewables and non-renewable renewables. In order to fully explain all renewable energies, we recommended that the government update its progress calculations against the target. Energy such as diesel power generation.

Many new projects have been reported to ensure that Queensland has achieved its renewable energy ambitions and that billions of dollars of projects will be undertaken early in the plan.

“Currently, 48 large-scale renewable energy projects are in operation or in various supply stages. When completed around 2025, Queensland’s renewable energy capacity will exceed 10,000 megawatts, with total power generation capacity. That’s almost 45%, “said Mick, Minister of Renewable Energy. Debrenni and Brisbane Times reported.

The government’s direct role in the transition to renewable energy is through renewable energy and hydrogen employment funds, where existing energy producers will play a greater role in green energy production.

“Under this fund, government-owned energy companies have the potential to significantly increase the development and ownership of renewable energy generation. They also support the development of private sector renewable energy projects. You may have access to the fund, “said the QAO report.

Caden Pearson


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