Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Fossil fuel-fired power stations supply the majority of Australia's electricity. They run on black coal, brown coal and increasingly on natural gas, with only limited use of other fuels such as petroleum products. As these fuel sources indicate, the industry is emissions intensive and its performance is sensitive to carbon pricing policies. Industry assets represent large capital investments that are operated for the long term. The lack of operational flexibility leaves the industry exposed to change. This has been clear in the past five years, as the industry has been buffeted by shifting patterns of demand and regulation.
In the five years through 2013-14, industry revenue has increased at a compound annual rate of 2.5%... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria dominate Australia's fossil fuel electricity generation. The importance of these states reflects their large population shares, the presence of electricity intensive industries (primary metal production and fabricated metal production) and the ready availability of fossil fuels. In Queensland, black coal is the main fossil fuel used to generate electricity, but increased production of coal seam gas has boosted supplies of natural gas for electricity generation. In New South Wales, fossil fuel power generators rely heavily on black coal. The state has large reserves of black coal and is a major producer of steaming coal used for electricity generation... purchase to read more