The Australian Energy Statistics for 2021 have been released today. The statistics cover all energy used and traded in Australia.
The 2021 data shows renewables continued to increase as a share of total generation in calendar year 2020. Renewables are now at 24%, up from 21% the previous year.
Coal remained the largest source, at 54% of total electricity generation fuel mix in calendar year 2020. Gas provided 20% of electricity generation in calendar year 2020. Gas was still the most-used energy source by the manufacturing sector in 2019-20.
The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, said dispatchable generation sources are crucial to putting downward pressure on prices.
‘Balance is the key. The energy system is changing at an unprecedented pace, which is why we need to get the energy balance right to ensure Australian households and businesses can continue to access the power they need to grow and prosper.’
The statistics also highlight the impact COVID-19 had on some parts of Australia’s energy supply and consumption.
Overall energy consumption fell by 2.9% in 2019-20, compared to average growth of 0.7% in the previous decade. This was largely driven by a 9% drop in the transport sector due to less passenger travel.