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Labour use lofty green energy promises to boost state election position

Updated: May 8, 2023

The Australian state of Queensland has been making waves in the renewable energy sector with its plan for the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project. This $12 billion initiative aims to create the world's largest pumped hydro facility, generating up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity for up to 500,000 homes. While the project has received widespread support, it has also been used as a political tool by the Labour Party in the upcoming state election.


The state seats of Mackay and Mirani have been particularly targeted by the Labour Party, with both areas being seen as key battlegrounds. The Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project has been presented as a major promise of green energy jobs and a boost to the local economy, with Labour positioning themselves as the party that will deliver these benefits to the region.

While the project does have the potential to create jobs and generate renewable energy, it is also being used as a way for Labour to secure votes in the upcoming state election.

As the election is expected to take place in late 2024, it is likely that the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project will continue to be a major talking point for Labour and their political opponents.


While the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project has the potential to make a significant impact on Queensland's renewable energy sector, it is important to recognize that it is also being used as a political tool. As the state election draws closer, voters in Mackay and Mirani will need to weigh the potential benefits of the project against the political motivations behind its promotion.


Screenshot of Labour Government boasting about Pumped Hydro projects
Screenshot of Labour Government boasting about Pumped Hydro projects

In the end, it is up to Queensland voters to decide whether the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project is truly a step forward for the state's renewable energy sector, or simply a political promise designed to secure votes in the upcoming state election.


References


Queensland Hydro's website provides information on the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project: https://qldhydro.com.au/projects/pioneer-burdekin/


Pump Industry Australia reports on the proposed Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project: https://www.pumpindustry.com.au/stakeholders-weigh-in-on-pioneer-burdekin-pumped-hydro-project/




PV Magazine Australia reports that the Pioneer-Burdekin pumped hydro project will be the largest pumped hydro energy storage in the world: https://www.pv-magazine-australia.com/2022/09/28/queensland-announces-biggest-pumped-hydro-scheme-in-the-world/


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