4604.0 - Energy Account, Australia, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
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22 February 2019
Embargoed: 11:30 am (Canberra time)

Energy value increasing, households more efficient

Australian energy use increased in 2016-17, but also became more efficient according to the latest edition of the annual Energy Account released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Total gross energy use increased by 4 per cent in 2016-17, according to ABS Centre for Environment and Satellite Accounts director, Jonathon Khoo. Physical exports of energy increased by 1 per cent, while the value of these exports increased 42 per cent ($25 billion), as the price of commodities increased significantly in 2016-17.

Australian industry reported a 5 per cent increase in gross energy use.

“Although Australian industries used more energy overall in 2016-17, they also became more efficient - with energy productivity increasing by 1 per cent,” Mr Khoo said.

Average household energy use was on the decline.

"On average, each Australian household used 135 gigajoules of energy in 2016-17 - that's a 1 per cent decrease from 2015-16 and an over 7 per cent decrease over the decade since 2006-07," Mr Khoo said. "Overall, petrol is still the number one type of energy used by households - making up 45 per cent of energy used - but solar energy is the fastest growing, increasing by about 15 per cent in 2016-17 on the year prior."

Further details can be found in the Energy Account, Australia, 2016-17 (cat. no. 4604.0) available as a free download from the ABS website www.abs.gov.au.

Media notes
  • For context, 1 Petajoule (PJ) is approximately the amount of electricity used by 42,000 households in a year.
  • Users are advised to refer to the net tables for a consistent comparison of energy supply and use over time.
  • Energy productivity in this media released was defined as Gross Value Added divided by Net energy use by industry.
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