Latest Aussie energy stats
Knowledge is power, and the more we know about Australia's energy use on the household, business and industry levels, the more we can do to make sure that we are using energy efficiently.
Looking at the nation's energy statistics is also an insight into electricity prices, the whole country's behaviours and attitudes around energy use, and can reflect the trends around the country as well as around the world.
In light of this, the government has released Australia's latest energy statistics, which shed light on how the country is using its energy and where.
"Energy statistics and their analysis are critical to industry, government and the community to make better decisions about our energy future," said Bruce Wilson, acting executive director of the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics.
"The release of these statistics are especially significant at a time as we seek to identify opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy productivity in the Australian economy."
One of the significant finds is that in 2011-12, energy production in Australia increased by 5 per cent, relative to 2010-11 levels, to a total of 17,460 petajoules. According to Mr Wilson, this was primarily due to rebounding coal and uranium production after the natural disasters of 2010-11.
Production of natural gas grew by 8 per cent, while black and brown coal increased by 5 and 6 per cent. Uranium production, a current focus of the minister for resources and energy Gary Gray, grew by 6 per cent.
"While there was 7 per cent decline in the consumption of renewable energy during 2011-12, very strong growth was observed in wind and solar energy," said Mr Wilson. Solar and wind technologies have been experiencing a number of technological innovations recently, becoming cheaper and more accessible, which this likely reflects.
The fall in overall renewable energy production was attributed to decreased hydro-electricity due to lower water flows in south-eastern Australia in 2011-12 compared to the period beforehand.
Production of crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas fell 6 per cent, while renewable energy was reduced by 7 per cent in 2011–12 compared to 2010–11.
However, domestic energy consumption only grew by 2 per cent, reflecting a flat growth in electricity use, with a decline in energy used in manufacturing and construction.
Patterns of fuel use also changed, with a 4 per cent growth in natural gas and an 8 per cent growth in oil products reflecting significant demand. However, coal consumption fell by 5 per cent, primarily due to a decrease in consumption in the iron and steel manufacturing sectors.
Posted by Charlie Moore