Despite an increase in renewable energy options and usage in Australia, coal is still king of electricity production Down Under. As Australia’s own natural gas is increasingly exported, the country remains one of the most coal-dependent nations in the world in terms of producing electricity. While the world uses coal, on average, for 41.1% of electricity generation, Australia uses coal to produce 64.9 % of its power.
- Non-renewable sources accounted for 88 per cent of Australian electricity generation in the 2014-15 financial year, down from 90.4 per cent in the 2011-12 and 93 per cent in 2008-9.
- Renewable power generation increased from 9.6 per cent to 12 per cent over the past three years.
- However, on a global scale, Australia remains one of the most coal-intensive electricity markets.
“Overall, large scale power generation in Australia has dropped almost 9 per cent from 255,319 GWh (gigawatt hours) in 2012 to 233,212 GWh last year.”