People Power Called For

The rules around Queensland’s energy provision are being overhauled by the State Government and they’re seeking input from all sectors of the community.

An issues paper being released this week kicks off a 10-yearly review of the laws that regulate energy issues from energy-generating customers to licences for electric car charging stations.

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Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham says the changes are necessary to accommodate a “new world of energy storage systems, remote-controlled home energy and customers who are independent of the electricity grid”.

“Our current laws were framed in the 2000s and don’t even recognise incoming battery technology or off-grid scenarios where customers are entirely energy self-sufficient.”

“This review will ensure we have the regulatory framework in place to integrate emerging technologies and to continue to provide secure and reliable supply statewide.”

Three Acts are under review: Electricity Act 1994, the Gas Supply Act 2006 and the Energy and Water Ombudsmen Act 2007.

The issues paper is available online now and seeks input on 29 questions about the suitability of the state’s laws.

Submissions are open until June 19.

The next stage will be a regulatory impact statement late this year, followed by proposed reforms mid-next year for input from stakeholders, including business and industry and electricity consumer groups.

Visit Get Involved and select the Review of Queensland’s energy legislation for further information and to comment.