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Graph of the Day: Colour-coded chart of Australia generation

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Colour-coding Australia’s energy generation, state by state, throws up some interesting graphs. Good luck spotting the green, or the dark blue for wind.

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This set of graph’s should be self-explanatory, but give a fascinating picture of Australia’s generation profile, state by state and nationally. What this graph of the day – sourced from the Bureau of Resource and Energy Economic – does is emphasise the different profiles of Australia’s six states and the biggest territory.

At the top we see Queensland and Australia is a sea of black, from black coal, with growing amounts of gas and, suprisingly, some splashes of green. Victoria relies heavily on brown coal, while South Australia is mostly gas. We should point out that this has not caught up with latest data from South Australia, which shows that nearly one third of that state’s generation comes from wind and rooftop solar.

Tasmania is mostly hydro, the Northern Territory is mostly gas, and WA has a growing share of black coal and gas. The one territory not on this chart is the ACT, which currently sources all its electricity as part of the NSW section of the eastern states grid, but it has plans to source 90 per cent of its electricity needs from renewables by 2020. An ambitious plan unencumbered by a local fossil fuel industry.


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  1. Albert Sjoberg 7 years ago

    If I am interpreting the data correctly, this puts the lie to the utilities claim that Solar is affecting their profits. Black coal has all but stagnated in the last decade and a half.
    Most of the increased demand has been absorbed by Gas.

    The little green stripes are there, but are worryingly small.

  2. Name 7 years ago

    I suspect that the graphs are in MW as they state so despite the text saying this is generation it would appear they are in capacity. Generation data might give another story and solar is not in there because it is generally from small size systems but there are a million of them and they should be recorded even if only as an annual estimate.
    David Rossiter

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