Table O of the Australian Energy Statistics has been updated to include estimates for 2020-21 and calendar year 2021 using the latest data available on Australia’s total electricity generation.
Total electricity generation in Australia was estimated to be 267,452 gigawatt hours (GWh) in calendar year 2021, a slight increase from 2020.
Renewable sources contributed an estimated 77,716 GWh, making up 29% of Australia’s total electricity generation, up 5 percentage points on the share in 2020.
The largest source of renewable generation was solar (12% of total generation) followed by wind (10%) and hydro (6%).
Fossil fuel sources contributed 189,737 GWh (71%) of total electricity generation in 2021, down 5 percentage points on 2020.
Coal accounted for the majority of electricity generation, at 51% of total generation in 2021.
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 for 2020-21 will be published later in the year.