Billion dollar boom: Queensland’s bright renewables future
The Sunshine State is a leader in Australia’s renewables boom, with more than $1.6 billion dollars invested in new large-scale projects, creating more than 1,300 construction jobs in the energy sector, our new report has found.
The ‘Renewables Powering Queensland’s Future’ report highlights the significant potential for the state’s clean energy future, as 14 clean energy projects, the highest number in Australia, get under construction this year alone.
KEY FINDINGS INCLUDE:
- Queensland, the aptly named “Sunshine State” is a leader in household solar, 31.6% of households in the state now have solar rooftops.
- There are 14 postcodes in Queensland where more than 50% of households have rooftop solar. Elimbah leads the state with 63% of households with rooftop solar.
- The state has the greatest number of large-scale renewable energy projects under construction in Australia, representing a quarter of capacity under construction, $1.6 billion in investment and over 1,300 new renewable energy construction jobs.
- Queensland wind and solar projects have set some of the lowest prices for new power generation of any fuel source in Australia. For example, the Coopers Gap wind farm in Queensland has set a record low price of under $60/MWh.
- Queensland leads in integrating large-scale solar with energy storage technology. There are several projects underway in North Queensland combining solar and energy storage, including Lakeland (solar and battery storage), Kennedy Energy Park (solar, wind and battery storage) and Kidston (solar and pumped hydro).
Topic: Wallum frog monitoring on Bribie Island
Guest Speaker: Drs Harry Hines and Ed Meyers
We are very happy to have Drs Harry Hines and Ed Meyers present at our October meeting.
They will be introduced by Alan Kerr (former BIEPA President) who is coming in (from out West) especially for the meeting.
They will reminisce about the “halcyon nights” of Wallum frog monitoring on Bribie Island and talk about the extensive research they have carried out.
It will be wonderful to welcome these “frog” scientists back to Bribie Island.
See attached poster for more information. (In jpeg and pdf for your convenience)
We look forward to seeing you Monday night (23rd October)
BIEPA Management Committee
Topic: Environmental Law
Guest Speaker: Ms Revel Pointon, from the EDO
We have asked Revel to outline:
– The role of the EDO
– What the EDO does and doesn’t do
– Discuss some recent and current cases, in particular, the Acland decision where the judge upholds the objections on the grounds that there is no assurance that the affected ground can be made good at the cessation of operations.
– Comment on the documentary BIEPA members viewed at our June meeting, “Guarding the Galilee”, which was a follow-up to the Bimblebox documentary members viewed at BIEPA’s April 2014 meeting.
– Discuss how BIEPA and the community can lobby the State Government to uphold the commitments and obligations the federal government agreed to when signing the UN Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1993.
– Address BIEPA members questions.
It promises to be an exciting jam-packed evening of how environmental law works.
We thank Revel ahead of time.
Climate Change made Australia’s warmest winter on record an astounding 60 times more likely, our new report highlights.
The “Hot & Dry: Australia’s Weird Winter,” report shows the nation experienced its warmest winter on record (for average maximum temperatures), while more than 260 heat and low rainfall records were also broken throughout the season.
Climate Councillor and ecologist, Professor Lesley Hughes said Australia’s hottest winter in history was related to worsening climate change.
“Without any meaningful action to tackle climate change, we will continue to see many more hot winters, just like this, as global temperatures rise,” she said.
“We must take meaningful action to strongly reduce Australia’s emissions from fossil fuels.”
KEY FINDINGS INCLUDE:
- Australia had its warmest winter on record, in terms of average maximum temperatures, reaching nearly 2ºC above average.
- More than 260 heat and low rainfall records were broken during the winter months.
- The nation experienced its second driest June on record and the driest winter since 2002.
- The exceptionally warm and dry winter was made 60 times more likely by climate change.
- Australia’s average winter temperatures have increased by around 1ºC since 1910, driven by climate change, as a direct result of burning fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas.
- Winter warm spells are lasting longer, occurring more often and becoming more intense.