Queensland currently has a generation capacity of more than 14,500 megawatts (MW). Since 1998, $4.7 billion or 75% of new generation investment in the National Electricity Market (NEM) has occurred in Queensland. The high quality and low cost of Queensland fuel sources, its potential renewable energy sources, and their proximity to load growth will continue to support generation investment in this state.
National Electricity Market
The NEM operates as a wholesale market in which generators and retailers trade electricity through a gross pool managed by the Australian Energy Market Operator, which dispatches supply to meet demand.
More information on the NEM can be found on the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) website.
Government-owned corporations have a stake in about 65% of the state's generation capacity, but the numbers of partially or fully privately owned power stations are increasing. The Queensland Government plans to reduce the share of the aggregate capacity the state owns or operates in Queensland to around 50%, primarily as a result of new capacity requirements being met by the private sector.
The government maintains outright ownership of power stations operated by Stanwell Corporation and CS Energy. It has undertaken joint ventures with private power generation companies (Callide C) and maintains a power purchase agreement with the privately owned Gladstone power station.
Licensed Queensland electricity generators (with a licensed capacity over 30MW) are listed in the table below and can also be found on this map of Queensland electricity generators (PDF, 928.3KB), current as at January 2013.
Queensland electricity generators with over 30MW capacity
|Name||Type||Owner||Year commissioned||Capacity (MW)|
|Barcaldine||Gas||Ergon Energy Electricity||1996||55|
|Barron Gorge||Hydro Power||Stanwell||1963||63|
|BP Bulwer||Gas||BP Refinery Bulwer Island||2001||31|
|Braemar||Gas||Braemar Power Project||2006||900|
|Braemar 2||Gas||NewGen Braemar 2||2009||450|
|Callide A||Coal||CS Energy||1965||120|
|Callide B||Coal||CS Energy||1988||700|
|Callide C||Coal||IG Power/Callide||2001||900|
|Cannington||Gas||Energy Developments Limited||1998||35|
|Capcoal (German Creek)||Waste Coal Mine Gas||Energy Developments Limited||2006||45|
|Condamine||Gas||Queensland Gas Company||2009||155|
|Darling Downs||Gas||Origin Energy||2010||643|
|Gladstone||Coal||NRG Gladstone Operating Services||1976||1680|
|Invicta||Bagasse||Haughton Sugar Company||1996||50|
|Kogan Creek||Coal||CS Energy||2007||750|
|Moranbah North||Waste Coal Mine Gas||Energy Developments Limited||2008||57|
|Mt Stuart||Gas||Origin Energy||1999||414|
|Oakey||Gas||AGL Hydro Partnership||2000||300|
|Phosphate Hill||Gas||Southern Cross Fertilisers||2000||41.35|
|Xstrata||Gas||Mount Isa Mines||2007||50|
|Wivenhoe||Hydro Power||CS Energy||1984||500|
- Find out more about electricity generation from renewable energy sources.
- Learn more about the Queensland Government's energy policies and initiatives.
- To learn more about coal-fired power stations, watch the 3D interactive, animated model on the Oresome Resources website.
- Last reviewed
- November 7, 2013