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Queensland’s REZ roadmap unveiled

The Queensland Government has released a comprehensive renewable energy zone (REZ) roadmap that outlines the state’s transition to renewable energy sources.

Under the roadmap, which is set to become law, Queensland will be divided into 12 REZs, each hosting significant wind, solar and storage facilities connected to the state’s grid. The coordinated rollout of renewables in these zones will involve local communities, landholders, councils and stakeholders.

“Regional Queensland is crucial to ensuring we reach our renewable energy targets, and we are committed to backing local communities and delivering them the best outcomes as part of this transition,” Queensland Minister for Energy and Clean Economy Jobs Mick de Brenni said.

The State Government said its first REZ local reference group will be established later this year in the proposed Callide REZ in central Queensland. This region, already known as an energy powerhouse due to its existing coal-fired power stations and large electricity loads, is expected to be the first official REZ.

To facilitate the transition, the Queensland Government has committed an immediate $20 million from the Regional Economic Futures Fund to support critical enablers such as bridges, roads and telecommunications infrastructure. In addition, $6 million has been allocated for commencing the strategic REZ readiness assessment  for central Queensland in the first half of 2024, followed by assessments for other regions later in the year.

“We’ve listened to local communities in the design of this process from the beginning to ensure we provide the support they need and deliver the benefits they want,” de Brenni said.

According to Queensland Government, the REZ roadmap represents a ground-breaking approach to delivering the energy transition in partnership with communities, ensuring regional Queensland reaps the rewards of the clean energy revolution while minimising environmental impact and establishing best practices for the nation.

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