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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier and Colorado Governor hold talks on innovation, renewable energy partnerships

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, June 01, 2016

    Premier and Colorado Governor hold talks on innovation, renewable energy partnerships

    DENVER: Queensland’s future as Australia’s clean energy capital and innovation hub were on the agenda for a series of high-level meetings Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk held in the Colorado capital today.

    The Premier and her Colorado counterpart, Governor John Hickenlooper, explored forging closer relations between government and business in their states.

    “Queensland and Colorado share a lot of common ground, particularly in the fields of renewable energy, innovation and mining technology,” the Premier said.

    “I believe our two states have many shared interests, and a strong working relationship could produce dividends across many sectors.

    “We are a world leader in METS (Mining Equipment, Technology and Services) with more than 400 companies and with our natural advantages I’m excited about the potential to grow export markets.

    “Colorado is a METS hub for the US, while its capital, Denver, has a thriving start-up sector.

    “We also know that with the famous Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, tourism is crucial to the Colorado economy.

    “Governor Hickenlooper and I held a very productive meeting discussing opportunities across a range of areas, and we agreed to work closely together to build on this initial meeting.”

    The Premier also presented the Governor with his own Queensland State of Origin jersey.

    "It's safe to say we've recruited yet another Maroons supporter."

    Innovations such as the future of robotics were also on the agenda for a meeting with senior figures from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM).

    “They were keen to hear about our METS Ignited industry growth centre we have established at the Queensland University of Technology and explore future collaborations in a broad range of shared interests,” the Premier said.

    CSM is a partner in the US Department of Energy’s National Advanced Biofuels Consortium, led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with whom Ms Palaszczuk also met today to strengthen ties with Queensland researchers.

    “I’m determined that biofuels will be the next chapter in Queensland’s economic success story and it’s essential we collaborate with the other leading researchers around the world,” the Premier said.

    “I was able to brief the NREL on our research into developing commercial biofuels from various non-food produce such as sugar cane waste and weeds like prickly acacia.

    “NREL is also a world-leader when it comes to renewables research. I’m determined to ensure Queensland makes the most of its natural advantages, including a major focus on further integrating renewables into our energy mix.”