Energy production

Energy production rose by 4 per cent in 2016–17 to 17,957 petajoules. This is consistent with the trend in energy production over the past decade. Coal accounted for more than two-thirds of Australia’s energy production in 2016–17, followed by natural gas.

Australia’s energy production has become increasingly export-oriented. Australia is a net exporter of energy, with net exports equal to around two-thirds of production.

Australian energy production, by fuel type

The figure shows Australian energy production by fuel type in petajoules from 1976-77 to 2016-17. Domestic production of primary energy increased by 4 per cent in 2016–17, to reach 17,957 petajoules. This is consistent with the trend in energy production over the past decade. Coal accounted for more than two-thirds of Australia’s energy production in 2016–17, followed by natural gas.

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Australian energy balance

 

 

The figure shows the Australian energy balance of production, consumption and net exports in petajoules from 1976-77 to 2016-17. Australia is a net exporter of energy, including coal and natural gas, with net exports equal to around two-thirds of production

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