Technical discussion paper | QREZ

Queensland Renewable Energy Zones (QREZ) development aims to improve coordination of investment in electricity transmission and renewable generation infrastructure, creating benefits for local communities and attracting new industries while delivering on Queensland’s renewable energy target (QRET) of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

We have worked closely with Powerlink Queensland (the publicly owned transmission business and Jurisdictional Planning Body), to prepare a proposed framework for the first stages of unlocking investment in each QREZ.

The Technical Discussion Paper presented the desired QREZ model attributes and how this model corresponds to renewable energy zones (REZ) at the national and jurisdictional levels. Submissions for the Technical Discussion Paper were open from 10 November 2021 to 14 January 2022.

View the non-confidential submissions to the Technical Discussion Paper.

About the proposed model

Under the proposed QREZ model, ‘investigation areas´ would be identified by a designated planning body (DPB), currently nominated as the state’s transmission network service provider, Powerlink. Recommendations would be provided to the Queensland Minister for Energy, who would then provide a market and community notice to engage with industry and community on the investigation areas and test the locational feasibility.

It is proposed the engagement will inform Powerlink in assessing and recommending the areas and QREZ infrastructure to be progressed for further development. Supported by the recommendations, the Queensland Minister for Energy would then declare the REZ, from which point the QREZ framework would be applied to the nominated area and infrastructure, with information released in a draft REZ Management Report (RMP).

Engagement will occur on the draft RMP, with declared REZ design and parameters published in the final RMP.

Next steps

Engagement on the Technical Discussion Paper will inform further development and design of the QREZ model.

Your feedback ensures the model is aligned to the needs of all energy stakeholders to achieve the QREZ objectives of coordinated, efficient and effective network investment.

Further engagement on the results of the consultation will continue throughout QREZ development.

Register online to stay up to date on future activities.



Queensland Renewable Energy Zones (QREZ) development aims to improve coordination of investment in electricity transmission and renewable generation infrastructure, creating benefits for local communities and attracting new industries while delivering on Queensland’s renewable energy target (QRET) of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

We have worked closely with Powerlink Queensland (the publicly owned transmission business and Jurisdictional Planning Body), to prepare a proposed framework for the first stages of unlocking investment in each QREZ.

The Technical Discussion Paper presented the desired QREZ model attributes and how this model corresponds to renewable energy zones (REZ) at the national and jurisdictional levels. Submissions for the Technical Discussion Paper were open from 10 November 2021 to 14 January 2022.

View the non-confidential submissions to the Technical Discussion Paper.

About the proposed model

Under the proposed QREZ model, ‘investigation areas´ would be identified by a designated planning body (DPB), currently nominated as the state’s transmission network service provider, Powerlink. Recommendations would be provided to the Queensland Minister for Energy, who would then provide a market and community notice to engage with industry and community on the investigation areas and test the locational feasibility.

It is proposed the engagement will inform Powerlink in assessing and recommending the areas and QREZ infrastructure to be progressed for further development. Supported by the recommendations, the Queensland Minister for Energy would then declare the REZ, from which point the QREZ framework would be applied to the nominated area and infrastructure, with information released in a draft REZ Management Report (RMP).

Engagement will occur on the draft RMP, with declared REZ design and parameters published in the final RMP.

Next steps

Engagement on the Technical Discussion Paper will inform further development and design of the QREZ model.

Your feedback ensures the model is aligned to the needs of all energy stakeholders to achieve the QREZ objectives of coordinated, efficient and effective network investment.

Further engagement on the results of the consultation will continue throughout QREZ development.

Register online to stay up to date on future activities.