Anthony Clausen

Nuclear and wind power on cards for Queensland

NUCLEAR and wind power could be part of Queensland's energy mix within 30 years as the government considers how the state will be powered by 2044.

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

It considers comments supplied by Queenslanders as part of a sprawling consultation effort.

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.

He said there needed to be "comprehensive reform".

"Our electricity sector is changing dramatically and we will continue to see a transformation over the coming decade that will alter the way we make, move, buy, sell and use energy in the future," he said.

Mr McArdle said the 52-page gloss document would suggest ways to increase competition among power suppliers while keeping energy affordable.

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

"The Queensland Government has ended the prohibition on uranium mining, enabling more jobs through the opportunity to mine and export uranium to countries that use nuclear power," the document states.

"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."



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