This release presents information on electricity generation and energy use of selected industries for 2017-18. The estimates are produced from the Energy, Water and Environment Survey 2017–18.
Electricity, gas, water and waste services industry
This industry includes businesses engaged in the generation, retailing, distribution and transmission of electricity, as well as the supply of gas, water and sewerage and drainage services. The industry therefore plays an important part in Australia’s electricity generation landscape.
- Coal and coal by-products generated 69.4% (151,742.7 GWh) of total electricity within this industry in 2017-18
- Gas generation was the second largest source of generation (33,799.7 GWh)
- Renewables made up 15.0% (32,694.7 GWh) of total electricity generated
- Hydroelectricity was the largest source of renewable generation (15,811.8 GWh)
- Wind power was the second largest source of renewable generation (14,744.3 GWh)
Note: these proportions have been calculated using unrounded estimates
- Solar generation produced 729.2 GWh
For more information on the businesses included in this industry see Division D Electricity, gas, water and waste services
in Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 edition
(cat. no. 1292.0).
- Electricity generation from natural gas made up the largest proportion of this industry's total electricity generation (45.0%), producing 3,623.9 GWh
- Renewable generation accounted for 28.2% (2,274.3 GWh)
Industry energy consumption and expenditure
- Coal and coal by-products made up 22.9% (1,844.6 GWh)
- Of the selected industries, the Manufacturing industry consumed and spent the most on electricity ($5.4b and 52,461.4 GWh) and natural gas ($2.5b and 341,504,671.1 GJ)
- The Construction industry spent the least on electricity ($639.8m), also consuming the least (2,318.2 GWh)
- Transport, postal and warehousing spent the least on natural gas, but consumed several times that of Construction
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