About the consultation | QREZ

The Queensland Government has committed $145 million to establish 3 Queensland Renewable Energy Zones (QREZ) in northern, central, and southern Queensland.

QREZ will accelerate recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, help grow new jobs and industries and capture more of the renewable energy value chain in Queensland.

Current consultation

To deliver the first stages of QREZ investment, we have released the Technical Discussion Paper on QREZ design and access. The Technical Discussion Paper presents the desired QREZ model attributes and how this model corresponds to renewable energy zones at the national and jurisdictional levels.

The discussion paper will gather feedback from stakeholders on the structure of the preferred QREZ model and its application.

Why we’re asking

In recent years there has been a renewable energy boom in Queensland, delivering around $10 billion of investment in mostly regional areas and creating more than 7,000 construction jobs.

Driven by this wave of investment, Queensland reached 20% renewable energy supply for the first time at the end of 2020. This is a key achievement on the path to reaching the Queensland Government’s target for 50% renewable energy by 2030.

Investment in QREZ has the potential to:

  • accelerate recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19
  • help grow new jobs and industries aligned with Queensland’s growing renewables
  • capture more of the renewable energy value chain in Queensland.

Previous consultation phase

From 10 August to 30 September 2021 we asked for feedback on how to deliver real and lasting benefits for the mostly regional communities that will host future QREZ investment.

The community consultation paper (PDF, 16MB) identified 4 proposed local benefit principles for community feedback.

We received hundreds of responses across Queensland’s communities, with valuable and insightful feedback about how QREZ can deliver lasting benefits to its regions. Further engagement will continue with communities on local benefits.

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The Queensland Government has committed $145 million to establish 3 Queensland Renewable Energy Zones (QREZ) in northern, central, and southern Queensland.

QREZ will accelerate recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, help grow new jobs and industries and capture more of the renewable energy value chain in Queensland.

Current consultation

To deliver the first stages of QREZ investment, we have released the Technical Discussion Paper on QREZ design and access. The Technical Discussion Paper presents the desired QREZ model attributes and how this model corresponds to renewable energy zones at the national and jurisdictional levels.

The discussion paper will gather feedback from stakeholders on the structure of the preferred QREZ model and its application.

Why we’re asking

In recent years there has been a renewable energy boom in Queensland, delivering around $10 billion of investment in mostly regional areas and creating more than 7,000 construction jobs.

Driven by this wave of investment, Queensland reached 20% renewable energy supply for the first time at the end of 2020. This is a key achievement on the path to reaching the Queensland Government’s target for 50% renewable energy by 2030.

Investment in QREZ has the potential to:

  • accelerate recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19
  • help grow new jobs and industries aligned with Queensland’s growing renewables
  • capture more of the renewable energy value chain in Queensland.

Previous consultation phase

From 10 August to 30 September 2021 we asked for feedback on how to deliver real and lasting benefits for the mostly regional communities that will host future QREZ investment.

The community consultation paper (PDF, 16MB) identified 4 proposed local benefit principles for community feedback.

We received hundreds of responses across Queensland’s communities, with valuable and insightful feedback about how QREZ can deliver lasting benefits to its regions. Further engagement will continue with communities on local benefits.

Sign up to the mailing list to stay informed on new and upcoming projects.