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 presents the desired QREZ model attributes and how this model corresponds to renewable energy zones (REZ) at the national and jurisdictional levels.

About the proposed model

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

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 will declare the REZ, from which point the QREZ framework will 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.

What we want to know

We want to know what industry thinks about the QREZ model, specifically:

  • planning, community and market notice processes
  • connection and access
  • funding arrangements
  • the mechanism for application of the framework.

We also want to hear from small business, manufacturers, and other large energy users about how renewables could help:

  • grow their businesses
  • reduce their electricity costs
  • support local jobs and local procurement opportunities.

We additionally want to hear their views on how QREZ are developed to support the emerging renewable hydrogen sector.

This work will help us identify future jobs and manufacturing opportunities across the regions, while ensuring local communities, including Traditional Owners and First Nations peoples have a clear avenue to have a say on clean energy projects developed in their region.

Have your say

This phase of consultation is mainly relevant to:

  • renewable energy operators, developers, and investors
  • energy market and network operators
  • energy market regulators
  • energy councils
  • large energy users.

Upload your submission between 10 November 2021 and 14 January 2022.

What happens next

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 be conducted after submissions close.

We will also be holding a webinar with interested parties while the consultation is underway.

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 presents the desired QREZ model attributes and how this model corresponds to renewable energy zones (REZ) at the national and jurisdictional levels.

About the proposed model

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

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 will declare the REZ, from which point the QREZ framework will 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.

What we want to know

We want to know what industry thinks about the QREZ model, specifically:

  • planning, community and market notice processes
  • connection and access
  • funding arrangements
  • the mechanism for application of the framework.

We also want to hear from small business, manufacturers, and other large energy users about how renewables could help:

  • grow their businesses
  • reduce their electricity costs
  • support local jobs and local procurement opportunities.

We additionally want to hear their views on how QREZ are developed to support the emerging renewable hydrogen sector.

This work will help us identify future jobs and manufacturing opportunities across the regions, while ensuring local communities, including Traditional Owners and First Nations peoples have a clear avenue to have a say on clean energy projects developed in their region.

Have your say

This phase of consultation is mainly relevant to:

  • renewable energy operators, developers, and investors
  • energy market and network operators
  • energy market regulators
  • energy councils
  • large energy users.

Upload your submission between 10 November 2021 and 14 January 2022.

What happens next

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 be conducted after submissions close.

We will also be holding a webinar with interested parties while the consultation is underway.

Register online to stay up to date on future activities.