Briefing Paper # 37 and Appendix to # 1
- · Australia is heavily dependent on coal for electricity, more so than any other developed country except Denmark and Greece. About 80% is derived from coal.
- · Australia's electricity is low-cost by world standards.
- · Natural gas is increasingly used for electricity, especially in SA and WA.
- Electricity consumption in Australia grew by 54% in the 14 years to 2004, compared with 31% for energy use overall. In 2005 10,100 kWh pr capita was used, including that incorporated into exports.
- Electricity generation takes 44% of Australia's primary energy, and in terms of final energy consumption, electricity provides 24% of the total.
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