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30-year strategy for QLD looks at electric cars

ELECTRIC cars and high-storage batteries could prove capable of shaking up Queensland's power industry by 2044, as Energy Minister Mark McArdle reveals a 30-year strategy for the state's electricity grid.

Queensland Energy Minister Mark McArdle announced the "PowerQ" strategy in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast on Friday.

It touches on the potential that nuclear, wind and geothermal technology could play in Queensland's power generation, although the minister gave an "iron clad guarantee" there were no plans currently to introduce nuclear power to the state.

"I think a 30-year strategy has to focus on what is possible then come down to what will really happen on the ground," he said.

The paper identifies "unique opportunities" in Queensland's power supply including the possible use of geothermal, wind or nuclear power.

"While the local use of nuclear energy is still prohibited, understanding its potential and developing our resources will give us long-term flexibility in meeting global energy needs," it stated.

Speaking to APN Newsdesk on Friday, Mr McArdle said the strategy had to look beyond simply "capacity" - or how many homes needed power - but how technology will shift in three decades.

He said electric motor vehicles and battery storage were two emerging fields that could prove significant by 2044.

As part of this horizon monitoring, Mr McArdle will appoint a panel of experts from academia, government and business to "pick up the signals" on how electricity supply or planning needs to change.

The panel will be refreshed every three years, he said, although there was no word yet on how many experts would be appointed.

The strategy was built on 1500 submissions over 18 months.

Mr McArdle said the era of "gold plating" the state's electricity infrastructure was over, it was now time to focus on how best to supply power without punishing Queensland with higher prices.

Shadow Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the plan to pare back infrastructure spending was started under the former Labor Government.


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