Modest growth in electricity consumption in 2007-08 - 28 Aug 2009

It has been reported in ESAA's ‘Electricity Gas Australia 2009' that electricity consumption in Australia recorded modest growth of 1.2% in 2007-08, only slightly lower than the 1.5% increase recorded in 2006-07, according to the Energy Supply Association of Australia.

Non-residential consumption experienced strong growth of 2.3%, this was offset by a reduction in residential consumption, which fell by 1.4%

By region, the biggest percentage growth in consumption over the period occurred in the NT and WA, with increases of 6.7% and 2.8% respectively.

In addition, the overall number of electricity customers within the National Electricity Market increased by 1.4%, with Queensland (2.5%) and SA (1.2%) experiencing the largest percentage rises.

In 2007-08, there was a 2.8% rise in electricity generation capacity, and a 9.3% increase in non-grid generation plant, that is, generators that produce electricity for direct sale to a local customer.

The report data shows that over 1,900 MW of electricity generation capacity has been commissioned in the period since June 2008, including the 640 MW Uranquinty and 435 MW Tallawarra gas-fired power stations in NSW and the 320 MW Kwinana power station in WA. A further 5,100 MW of capacity is under construction, mostly comprising gas-fired peaking plant and wind capacity, and another 2,000 MW of capacity is also under advanced planning to meet growing demand over the next five years.

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