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States and territories

Queensland and New South Wales each consumed 25% of Australia’s total energy consumption in 2017–18. Victoria and Western Australia consumed a further 22% and 20% respectively.

The energy mix varies between states and territories. Coal provided more than 41% of primary energy used in New South Wales and more than 35% in Victoria and Queensland in 2017–18, while natural gas provide more than 51% of primary energy used in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Renewables accounted for 42% of the primary energy mix in Tasmania in 2017–18.

Australian energy consumption - by state and territory

 

2017–18

 

Average annual growth

 

PJ

share

(%)

 

2017–18

(%)

10 years

(%)

New South Wales a

1,557.9

 25.2

2.0

-0.6

Victoria

 1,330.1

 21.6

-5.0

-0.2

Queensland

 1,537.7

 24.9

0.5

 1.9

Western Australia

 1,206.6

 19.5

2.7

 4.0

South Australia

 337.9

 5.5

14.7

-2.2

Tasmania

 109.6

 1.8

1.5

-0.6

Northern Territory

 92.0

 1.5

10.6

-1.6

Total

6,171.7

 100.0

0.9

 0.8

Notes: a Includes Australian Capital Territory

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

Australian energy mix, by state and territory, 2017-18

The figure shows the percentage composition of energy use in each state and territory, by fuel type, in 2017–18. The energy mix varies between states and territories. Coal provided more than one-third of primary energy used in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland in 2017–18, while natural gas provide more than half of primary energy used in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Renewables accounted for 42 per cent of the primary energy mix in Tasmania in 2017–18.

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