Renewable energy production has continued to gain momentum in Australia, with solar and wind power increasing their role in Australia’s power generation mix, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
ABS Center for Environment and Satellite Accounts Director Jonathon Khoo said: Continues the upward trend seen over the past 5 years.
âTo put this in context, a single PJ could provide electricity to 47,000 Australian homes for 12 months. Solar has driven this increase with an expansion of large-scale solar PV plants. “
Australian energy consumption patterns have also suffered the first effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
âThe closures that began in late 2019-2020 have resulted in changes in the way households and businesses use energy. Households used more electricity because of the extra time spent at home, âMr. Khoo said.
“Increases in energy use around the home have been offset by reductions in gasoline and diesel consumption by households as people are unable to travel due to national and state movement restrictions.”
In terms of industries, the biggest impact was seen in air transport, with limited flights taking off.
âThere was a 22% drop in the consumption of other refined fuels in 2019-2020, as fewer planes took off after the borders closed. Mr. Khoo said.
In terms of energy exports, black coal fell 0.6% from 11,131 PJ in 2018-19 to 11,062 PJ in 2019-2020 due to a drop in international demand for metallurgical coal . Metallurgical coal is used in the production of products such as steel and iron alloys. Liquefied natural gas exports increased by 6%, from 4,129 PJ in 2018-19 to 4,393 PJ in 2019-2020.