Solar and wind surge while demand slumps

Electricity consumption dipped 2.5 per cent in the first half of 2013. And with renewables increasing their output, coal is losing a battle on two fronts.

Electricity consumption in the National Electricity Market (NEM) states continues to fall. Consumption for the first six months of 2013 was 2.5 per cent lower than the same time last year. On a financial year basis electricity consumption was 2.6 per cent lower in the last 12 months compared to the previous 12 months ending June 30, 2012.

This research note analyses the changes in electricity generation and consumption in the NEM for the first six months this year and compares it to the same period in 2012.

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