RESIDENTS from Sunrise Hills to Peregian will be spared having to live with another 33,000 volt powerline as a highly charged neighbour.
Member for Noosa and Newman minister Glen Elmes received the welcome news from Energex was putting the contentious power upgrade on hold.
"While this is only a deferral at this stage, it is a welcome respite from the community's point of view," Mr Elmes said.
"A significant amount of time and effort has been put into considering the route and its impact on local residents as well as the environment by various active community groups and individuals.
"It has been a very trying time for affected residents as it always is when major community infrastructure is required," the minister said.
He said the revised assessment of future load growth appears to have led to the deferral.
"Re-consideration is now off the agenda until 2020 at the earliest although monitoring is always on Energex's agenda in meeting its mandate," Mr Elmes said.
"Earlier correspondence to affected residents indicated that this 33,000 volt powerline was Energex's preferred option. That may not be the case by 2020 as other technologies or other solutions are found."
This week Energex wrote to Mr Elmes saying a project review had considered current power demands and reduced future load forecasts had led to shelving the plans till beyond 2020.
"We will continue to monitor the local area's future energy needs and propose upgrades if and when required," the Energex spokesman said. "When this need arises we will engage with local stakeholders to identify the right network solution at that time."
Back in November last year Energex's project newsletter said the Sunrise Hills to Peregian upgrade involved rebuilding the existing single-circuit 33,000 volt powerline to a double-circuit 33,000 volt powerline with an 11,000 volt circuit underneath by 2016.
"The upgrade will ensure the current and future electricity demand in the Noosa, Doonan, Peregian and Coolum area is continued to be met, as well as improve reliability of supply to the area," the newsletter said.
"Electricity usage in the Noosa, Doonan, Peregian and Coolum area has grown at an average rate of seven per cent per annum, from 1999 to 2010."
This weel Energex said: "We will continue to monitor the local area's future energy needs and propose upgrades if and when required."
Energex had previously said by 2016 the electricity demand in this region was being driven by is the changing lifestyle choices of existing residents and businesses.
Energex engaged independent consultants, PSA Consulting, to consider the possible options and conduct a technical, social and environmental assessment of the area.
Currently, power between the Sunrise Hills Substation on Eumundi-Noosa Rd and the Peregian substation on Doonan Bridge East Rd is supplied by one 33,000 volt powerline.
This provides electricity to more than 13,100 homes and businesses in the area.