Australian Energy Consumption Report 2015


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Australian energy consumption overview:

  • Total Australian energy consumption dropped by 1% (to around 5,830 PJ)
  • Australia’s energy productivity (GDP / energy consumption) rose by 4%
  • Energy use declines in electricity generation and manufacturing
  • Consumption in mining and transport energy use rose
  • Coal production and exports continues to grow
  • Oil consumption dropped by 1%

Australia’s consumption of wind, gas and solar energy rose, with overall renewable energy generation increasing by 12% and accounting for around 6% of Australia’s energy use.

Oil continued to be the largest primary energy source in Australia, calculated at 38%, followed by coal at 32% and natural gas at 24%.

Australian Energy Consumption by Energy Type

Australian energy production

  • Production of black coal increased by 8% (to 11,807 PJ), encouraged by new capacity for export markets
  • Production or uranium dropped by 38% (disruptions at Ranger and closure of Honeymoon mines)
  • Production of oil fell by 5% (declining production at ageing fields outweighed new supply)
  • Lower uranium and oil production outweighed growth in black coal
  • Energy production dropped by 4% (to 18,715 PJ)
  • Production of natural gas grew by 2%

Australian electricity generation

Electricity generation further declined by 1% to 894 PJ, due to continued decline in industrial and residential electricity demand, and is offset in part by continued growth in off-grid generation.

Although coal-fired generation declined by 5%, coal remained the largest source of electricity generation in Australia, at 61%. Natural gas comprised 22% of total electricity generation, with renewable energy comprising 15% of total generation in Australia. Majority of the growth continued to be seen in wind and solar energy. For the first time, the share of hydro energy fell below 50%.

Australian energy trade

There was a slight 2% growth in energy exports (to 15,658 PJ), due to the fall in uranium and crude oil exports. LNG exports also dropped slightly. Imports fell by less than 1% (to 2,275 PJ), with the decline in crude oil imports largely offset by a rise in the import of refined products.

Australian Energy Consumption, Productivity, Intensity and GDP

All statistics relate to 2013-2014. More information available at the Office of the Chief Economist. See the full Australian Energy Update 2015 here.

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