Energy consumption

Australian energy consumption rose by 1.1 per cent in 2016–17 to 6,146 petajoules, its highest ever level. This compares with average growth of 0.8 per cent a year over the past ten years.

Fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) accounted for 94 per cent of Australia’s primary energy mix in 2016–17. Oil accounted for the largest share of Australia’s primary energy mix in 2016–17, at 38 per cent, followed by coal (32 per cent) and natural gas (25 per cent). Renewable energy sources accounted for 6 per cent.

Australian energy consumption, by fuel type

 

2016–17

Average annual growth

 

PJ

 

share 

(per cent)

2016–17

(per cent)

10 years

(per cent)

Coal

 1,936.9

31.5

-1.0

-1.9

Oil

 2,315.4

37.7

2.1

 1.7

Gas

 1,515.0

24.7

1.1

 2.9

Renewables

 378.7

6.2

5.3

 3.2

Total

 6,145.8

100.0

1.1

 0.8

 

Source: Department of the Environment and Energy (2018) Australian Energy Statistics,
Table C

 

The figure shows Australian energy consumption, by fuel type in petajoules from 1976-77 to 2016-17. Energy consumption rose by 1.1 per cent in 2016–17 to 6,146 petajoules, its highest ever level. This compares with average growth of 0.8 per cent a year over the past ten years. Fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) accounted for 94 per cent of Australia’s primary energy mix in 2016–17.

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