Australian Energy Statistics - Table O Electricity generation by fuel type 2016-17 and 2017

Department of the Environment and Energy

Table O of the Australian Energy Statistics has been updated to include the latest data available on Australia’s electricity generation. This release provides estimates for 2016-17 and calendar year 2017.

Total electricity generation in Australia was estimated to be 259,446 gigawatt hours (GWh) in calendar year 2017, similar to 2016.

Non-renewable sources contributed 220,359 GWh (85%) of total electricity generation in 2017, an increase of 1% compared with 2016.

Coal accounted for the majority of electricity generation, at approximately 61% of total generation in 2017.

Renewable sources contributed 39,087 GWh (15%) of total electricity generation in 2017, a decrease of 7% compared with 2016.

The largest source of renewable generation was hydro (5% of total generation) followed by wind (5%) and solar (3%).

The full Australian Energy Statistics will be published later in the year.