RAJ REPORT

Wait for the’ SUN TAX’ when Ergon take over the Solar Industry—-As part of the Ergon and Energex merger process, the Palaszczuk Government are looking at setting up an energy services division to address the increasing demands of the renewable energy sector on the state’s publicly owned power network. In the future the distribution network will be supplemented by customer solar, base-load renewable power generation as well as renewable systems. ETU Electricity Supply Organiser Stuart Traill said it was important the new merged entity was involved in emerging areas of the industry, as more and more Queenslanders embraced 21st Century energy sources, such as solar and home batteries. “I see no reason why the new merged entity shouldn’t be involved in emerging areas of the Industry,” Mr Traill said. “A 21st Century power network needs to address the energy needs of modern Queenslanders.” Mr Traill said the new energy services division would address gaps in the current renewable energy sector, such as needs not being met in regional areas.—

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Renewable energy service addresses 21st Century demands on power network ETU welcomes State Government moves to address emerging energy needs The ETU has welcomed moves by the State Government to address emerging demands on the Queensland power network by creating a services division dedicated to delivering renewable energy solutions. As part of the Ergon and Energex merger process, the Palaszczuk Government are looking at setting up an energy services division to address the increasing demands of the renewable energy sector on the state’s publicly owned power network. In the future the distribution network will be supplemented by customer solar, base-load renewable power generation as well as renewable systems. ETU Electricity Supply Organiser Stuart Traill said it was important the new merged entity was involved in emerging areas of the industry, as more and more Queenslanders embraced 21st Century energy sources, such as solar and home batteries. “I see no reason why the new merged entity shouldn’t be involved in emerging areas of the Industry,” Mr Traill said. “A 21st Century power network needs to address the energy needs of modern Queenslanders.” Mr Traill said the new energy services division would address gaps in the current renewable energy sector, such as needs not being met in regional areas. He dismissed complaints by Master Electricians’ figurehead Mal Richards that the entity would put contractors out of business as “embarrassingly hysterical,” noting it would not be financially viable to compete with smaller operations. “No merger service is going to be able to compete with a small Mum and Dad business in customer installations with the overhead costs involved,” he said. “Mal Richards throwing around comparisons to Coles and Woolworths is embarrassingly hysterical, and more a reaction to his increasing irrelevance as his members leave his organization by the droves. It’s hard not to laugh!” On the back of Richards’ tantrum, Rupert Murdoch’s Courier Mail newspaper has renewed a push to privatise the state’s electricity industry, a move that proves just how out of touch the crumbling print-era tabloid is with modern Queensland. “The privitisation agenda has proven a loser at the last two state elections, yet the Courier Mail is so oblivious to the needs of the electorate that they see selling public assets as the only way forward for Queensland,” Mr Traill said. “They should ask their LNP mate Tim Nicholls how that went for him last year!”

Further information please contact: Stuart Traill 0488 225 625 or Dan Nancarrow 0448 633 858

 

 

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