Energy and energy efficiency are being added to the mix in south-east Queensland.
The National Electricity Market Authority (ENA) is seeking bids for energy and energy savings projects in the north-west, where the sun is shining most, according to the report.
It said the new energy targets would be based on an energy mix that would reduce energy use, reduce carbon emissions and help to mitigate climate change.
The government also unveiled its 2030 target for renewable energy, with its first target of a 50 per cent renewable energy mix by 2050.
“The aim is to be in the 30 per cent renewables mix by 2020, and then the goal is to achieve that by 2050,” Energy Minister Greg Hunt said.
The NENA said it expected the first projects to be announced in 2019 and 2020.
Energy and renewable energy sources are a key focus of the government’s Energy Transformation Strategy.
The strategy seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
It also aims to ensure electricity demand is reduced and carbon emissions reduced in the next 10 years by 25 per cent.
The Energy Minister said the strategy was about ensuring people had enough energy to live their lives, and was being backed by a national strategy for reducing emissions from fossil fuels and coal, as well as reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that is emitted in the economy.
“This Government will ensure that energy is a critical component of our economic recovery and we are committed to making sure that the economy is energy efficient,” Mr Hunt said in the release.