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Estimates: Public ownership of energy generation

During Parliamentary Budget Estimates on Tuesday 8 August 2023, I asked If the Director General what the percentage of electricity generation was publicly owned. 

You can read the answers below or in the official Queensland Parliament Record of Proceedings (Hansard).

Mr BERKMAN: Director-General, I understand that when I asked this question last year, the public ownership percentage in the electricity generation sector was 65 per cent. Can you give me an updated figure of what it is currently? We are at the end of the last financial year.

Mr Martyn: It was 65 per cent last year on the same basis. This year it is slightly higher at 66 per cent.

Mr BERKMAN: Does that include the generation capacity of those Callide units that are offline at the moment?

Mr Martyn: It is actually an output measure, so it only measures the energy that is produced.

Mr BERKMAN: That is interesting. I thought from previous years that there was a nameplate generation capacity figure.

Mr Martyn: There are different ways to calculate this. The problem with an output measure is that it is inherently variable, so the capacity measure might actually make more sense in the long run, but that is a decision that we need to look at.

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