THE new 2012 Australian Energy Update report shows strong growth in the use of renewable energy, according to the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE).
"Renewable energy (excluding biomass) recorded the strongest consumption growth in 2010-11 at 21 per cent, followed by natural gas and oil consumption which both increased by 7 per cent" said BREE Executive Director and Chief Economist Professor Quentin Grafton.
"The strongest final energy consumption growth was observed in the mining and transport sectors.
"Total energy consumption, including transformation activity, increased by 3 per cent in 2010-11 to 6100 petajoules, supported by stronger economic growth."
Total final energy consumption in Australia grew by 2 per cent to 3839 petajoules in 2010-11.
Total electricity generation remained, more or less unchanged at about 253 000 gigawatt hours in 2010-11 with declines in coal-fired generation offset by increased generation from natural gas and renewable energy sources (including solar, wind and hydro).
"A 3 per cent fall in energy production in 2010-11 to 16 640 petajoules, reflected lower production of coal, crude oil and uranium oxide primarily due to weather-related events" according to Professor Grafton.
"Energy statistics and their analysis are critical to industry, government and the community to make better decisions about our energy future,