4660.0 - Energy Use and Electricity Generation, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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Key points

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 generation

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)
  • Solar generation produced 729.2 GWh

Graph: Electricity generation by type of generation (e.g.coal fired, solar), by businesses in the electricity, gas, water and waste services industry
Note: these proportions have been calculated using unrounded estimates

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).


Manufacturing industry
  • 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)
  • Coal and coal by-products made up 22.9% (1,844.6 GWh)


Industry energy consumption and expenditure
  • 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


Key figures

Industry
Electricity
Natural gas
Diesel
Expenditure
$m
Consumption
GWh
Expenditure
$m
Consumption
GJ
Expenditure
$m
Consumption
ML

BMining
2638.1
23,424.9
1,152.5
107,648,131.9
8,351.5
7,566.1
CManufacturing
5,378.3
52,461.4
2,512.0
341,504,671.1
950.9
789.6
DElectricity, gas, water and waste services
993.0
6,543.9
1,915.1
325,324,829.5
807.6
661.9
EConstruction
639.8
2,318.2
58.5
4,381,622.8
3,338.7
2,489.3
ITransport, postal and warehousing
1,082.8
5,836.6
42.7
14,925,946.3
6,775.4
5,581.4