Foreign Electricity Converter




Australia's Electricity

Briefing Paper # 37 and Appendix to # 1

September 2007


  • 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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