Renewables

Renewable energy sources accounted for 6 % of Australian energy consumption in 2017–18, comprising mainly biomass, hydro and wind energy. This includes renewable energy use for electricity generation, as well as direct use of renewables such as firewood for residential heating, bagasse use in manufacturing and solar hot water.

In 2018, 19 % of Australia’s total electricity generation was from renewable energy sources, including hydro (7 %), wind (6 %), and solar (5 %). The share of renewable energy generation increased from 15 % in 2017.

 

2016–17

Average annual growth

 

PJ

share

(%)

2016–17

(%)

10 years

(%)

Biomass

189.4

49.7

-6.7

2.3

   - wood, woodwaste, sulphite lyes

89.2

23.4

-3.9

0.0

   - bagasse

100.2

26.3

-9.1

4.9

Municipal & industrial waste

4.8

1.3

-0.3

na

Biogas

16.1

4.2

5.1

2.9

   - landfill gas

12.0

3.1

4.4

na

   - other biogas

4.1

1.1

7.2

na

Biofuels

6.1

1.6

7.2

2.3

   - ethanol

6.0

1.6

9.9

na

   - biodiesel

0.0

0.0

-85.2

na

Hydro

57.7

15.1

-1.6

3.4

Wind

54.6

14.3

20.5

16.6

Solar PV

35.7

9.4

23.0

58.7

Solar hot water

16.6

4.3

5.5

8.1

Total

381.0

100.0

0.9

5.4

Source: Department of the Environment and Energy (2019) Australian Energy Statistics, Tables D

Australian electricity generation from renewable sources

 

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