Table O of the Australian Energy Statistics has been updated to include estimates for 2019‑20 and calendar year 2020 using the latest data available on Australia’s total electricity generation.
These statistics cover all electricity generation in Australia, including by power plants and by businesses and households for their own use.
Total electricity generation in Australia was estimated to be 265,232 gigawatt hours (GWh) in calendar year 2020, remaining materially unchanged since 2019.
Thermal sources contributed 200,566 GWh (76%) of total electricity generation in 2020.
Coal accounted for the majority of electricity generation, at 54% of total generation in 2020.
Renewable sources contributed an estimated 64,667 GWh, making up 24% of Australia’s total electricity generation.
The largest source of renewable generation was solar (9% of total generation) followed by wind (9%) and hydro (6%).
The full Australian Energy Statistics will be published later in the year.