New Technologies, Industry Developments and Emission Trends in Key Sectors: The Energy Sector

Jolley, Ainsley (2004) New Technologies, Industry Developments and Emission Trends in Key Sectors: The Energy Sector. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

Australia's total primary energy consumption grew by 3.6 per cent per annum between 1993/94 and 1997/98, while primary energy use in the electricity sector rose by more than 5 per cent per year over the same period. Since 1993/94, brown coal has strongly expanded its share in the fuel mix of the interconnected electricity markets of Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, and South Australia. It has become the primary fuel source for electricity generation, substituting for hydro, natural gas and hard coal. At the national level, this has meant that the long-term trend towards greater use of natural gas has stalled in favour of coal, especially brown coal. Since Victoria's brown coal plants have relatively low thermal efficiencies, this substitution has also had the effect of reducing the average thermal efficiency in the power market to the levels of the late 1980s (IEA, 2001b).

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/392
DOI 3
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 240000 Physical Sciences
Current > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Keywords new technologies; industry developments; emission; energy sector
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