This year I’ve decided (once again) to reformat the Australian Electricity Data Dashboard, moving from an artistic approach to a more functional and compact design.
The data is sourced from energy.gov.au, which provides comprehensive and authoritative electricity data for Australia. The 2020 calendar year is the most recent release and provides generation estimates for all states and territories except the ACT.
The first notable figures are that nation-wide renewables have continued to climb (+16%) while non-renewables have dropped (-5%). Overall generation is also slightly down from 2019, perhaps as a consequence of lower industrial activity due to Covid?
Note that renewables are more susceptable to change, since they represent a smaller contribution overall.
Black Coal still dominates the generation portfolio, but pleasingly, from an environmental perspective, we see in the trend window its gradual turn downwards; it appears likely to have peaked in 2017 for eternity.
The decline is a combination of lower generation in QLD and NSW and the rapid uptake of small scale solar, with large scale solar and wind also continuing to grow. (select both QLD and NSW on the map ‘CTRL-click’, then select an energy source to view the trends across both states.)
Brown Coal, however, shows us a different story. The dirtiest of our fossil fuels (a Victorian energy source) climbs for the first time since the beginning of this record set (2015), with an increase of 3%. This is despite the growth of renewables in Victoria and is a consequence of an overall increase in generation across the state.