Minister Mark Bailey said he was proud of what his government was doing with renewable energy.
Minister Mark Bailey said he was proud of what his government was doing with renewable energy. Erle Levey

MPs in stoush over renewable energy

THE debate on renewable energy has raged on, with two Queensland politicians voicing their opinions last week.

Federal member David Littlepround accused the State Government of being "reckless” and affecting

jobs in his electorate of Maranoa.

"Queensland Labor's reckless rush to increase renewable energy from its current level of 4% to 50%, within six short years, will hurt Maranoa jobs and increase electricity prices for our most vulnerable,” Mr Littleproud said.

He said rural residents would be be hurt by the State Government's energy plan, citing his electorate which makes up over 40% of rural Queensland.

"Just last week the Queensland Energy Minister blamed farmers for high energy prices as Queensland's electricity prices rise faster than anywhere else in Australia,” he said.

"Latest Census data revealed Maranoa's median weekly household income is $355 below the national average, proving we don't have the resilience to keep pace with Labor's power price mismanagement.”

However, Queensland Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, Mark Bailey, refuted Mr Littleproud comments, accusing the federal member for being a "voice for his Canberra colleagues”.

"The Palaszczuk Government is proud of its goal to increase renewable energy use in Queensland to 50% by 2030,” he said.

"What Mr Littleproud ignores is that competition from new renewable generators is actually expected to place downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices.”

The issue is sure to be a important topic at the National Energy Summit on Thursday.


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