Energy consumption

Australia’s energy consumption rose by 0.9 per cent in 2017–18 to reach 6,172 PJ. This compares with average growth of 0.6 per cent a year over the past 10 years.

Fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) accounted for 94 per cent of Australia’s primary energy mix in 2017–18. Oil accounted for the largest share of Australia’s primary energy mix in 2017–18, at 39 per cent, followed by coal (30 per cent) and natural gas (25 per cent). Renewable energy sources accounted for 6 per cent.

Australian energy consumption - by fuel type

 

2017–18

Average annual growth

 

PJ

share 

(%)

2017–18

(%)

10 years

(%)

Coal

 2,387.8

38.7

3.2

2.0

Oil

  1,847.2

29.9

-4.3

-2.6

Gas

 1,554.6

25.2

3.8

2.4

Renewables

 382.1

6.2

0.9

5.3

Total

  6,171.7

100.0

0.9

0.6

Source: Department of the Environment and Energy (2019) Australian Energy Statistics Table C

 

Source: Department of the Environment and Energy (2019) Australian Energy Statistics Table C

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