Final chance to have your say on state's vision for energy

QUEENSLANDERS have until the end of the week to have their say in the state's vision for electricity.

Minister for Energy Mark McArdle said today the consultation period for the 30-year Electricity Strategy discussion paper would close on Friday.

"This is the last opportunity for Queenslanders to put forward their ideas and share their vision in shaping the 30-year electricity strategy," he said.

"We are encouraging Queenslanders to think outside the box.

"Regardless of how electricity is made, moved and consumed in the future, it is certain it will remain essential to our way of life and economic development."

Mr McArdle said there had been a great response to the discussion paper from people across the state.

"Already, 586 people have completed the consumer survey and we have received more than 30 formal submissions," he said.

"More than 2,600 people have viewed the web page and more than 1,300 discussion papers have been downloaded."

Premier Campbell Newman confirmed this week the sale of state-owned electricity companies were not being considered as part of the strategy.

"Energex, Ergon and Powerlink, despite what you are hearing from the unions, are not for sale," he said.

The 30-year Electricity Strategy will be released next year.


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