1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2009–10  
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PRODUCTION

In 2007-08 Australia's total primary energy production was estimated at 17,452 PJ (table 19.5) of which black coal accounted for half (50%), followed by uranium (27%), natural gas (11%) and crude oil (5%). Renewable energy production (including wood, bagasse, biofuel, hydro-electricity and solar thermal energy) accounted for only 2% (290 PJ) of total production in 2007-08.

In the period 2002-03 to 2007-08, Australia's total energy production increased by 2,089 PJ (14%). This was due to increased production of non-renewable energy sources - black coal (up 1,391 PJ), uranium (up 437 PJ), and natural gas (up 388 PJ). Only the production of crude oil significantly decreased over the period 2002-03 to 2007-08 (down 279 PJ). In the same period, total renewable energy production increased by 9% - from 266 PJ in 2002-03 to 290 PJ in 2007-08.

19.5 PRODUCTION OF ENERGY

2002-03
2007-08
Change from
2002-03 to 2007-08
Fuel
PJ
PJ
%

Black coal
7 331
8 722
19.0
Brown coal
654
709
8.4
Crude oil and ORF(a)
1 233
954
-22.6
LPG(b)
124
105
-15.2
Natural gas
1 444
1 833
26.9
Uranium
4 311
4 747
10.1
Renewables(c)
266
290
8.9
Stock changes and statistical differences(d)
-
92
-
Total
15 363
17 452
13.6

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Other refinery feedstock.
(b) Naturally occurring.
(c) Includes wood, woodwaste, bagasse, biofuels, wind, hydroelectricity and solar.
(d) Includes a statistical difference adjustment and previously unreported production.
Source: Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 'Australian Energy Statistics - Australian Energy Update', 2009, Table A & J.


Graphs 19.6 and 19.7 show longer-term trends in the production of non-renewable and renewable energy fuels. Over the period 1977-78 to 2007-08 the production of non-renewable fuels has shown an upward trend, increasing from 3,733 PJ in 1977-78 to 17,070 PJ in 2007-08 (up 357%). However, there has been relatively little growth in the production of renewable energy fuels, which only increased from 202 PJ in 1977-78 to 290 PJ in 2007-08 (up 44%).

19.6 PRODUCTION OF NON-RENEWABLE FUELS
Graph: 19.6 PRODUCTION OF NON-RENEWABLE FUELS


19.7 PRODUCTION OF RENEWABLE FUELS
Graph: 19.7 PRODUCTION OF RENEWABLE FUELS





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