Australian Energy Statistics, Table O Electricity generation by fuel type 2017-18 and 2018

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 2017-18 and calendar year 2018.

Total electricity generation in Australia was estimated to be 261,405 gigawatt hours (GWh) in calendar year 2018.

Fossil fuel sources contributed 212,066 GWh (81%) of total electricity generation in 2018, a decrease of 3% compared with 2017.

Coal accounted for the majority of electricity generation, at 60% of total generation in 2018.

Renewable sources contributed 49,339 GWh (19%) of total electricity generation in 2018, an increase of 25% compared with 2017.

The largest source of renewable generation was hydro (7% of total generation) followed by wind (6%) and solar (5%).

These statistics cover all electricity generation in Australia, including by power plants and by businesses and households for their own use.

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