The energy crisis is costing consumers around $300bn over four years – The Australian Energy Market Operator report
The energy emergency that has gripped Australia for the past three years has now hit the nation’s largest consumer and producer of energy.
Key points:AAP’s annual report shows energy consumption grew by 7.6 per cent in the past financial yearThe nation’s energy demand was the second-highest in the world in 2016The average Australian household consumed around 1,100 megawatt hours (MW) of electricity a yearLast year, energy demand for the nation grew by 6.1 per cent over the previous year.
Energy consumption increased by 7,6 per-cent year-on-year in 2016, the fourth-highest growth in the World’s 20 largest economies.
“We are in a position where the country is seeing energy demand growth exceeding that of any other major economy,” said Andrew McGregor, the CEO of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).
“The country has an incredibly robust energy infrastructure that is a global leader, but it is now facing an energy crisis.”
The national electricity system is one of the world’s most energy-intensive, consuming about 14 per cent of Australia’s electricity.
The average household in the nation used around 1.3 megawatts of electricity per day last year, according to the AER.
“The national system is producing about 1.2 per cent more electricity than the national average over the past five years,” Mr McGregor said.
“It is a very significant increase over the national averages for the last three years.”
Australia’s energy network is the world leader in the generation and storage of electricity, but in the last two years, demand has grown dramatically.
Energy demand in the first half of 2017 grew by 9.2 percent compared to the same period last year.
The national network has pumped more than $7 billion into upgrades to ensure it is resilient to the next crisis.
The AER report shows the energy crisis has already cost consumers around the $300 billion mark.
The report shows Australia’s energy sector is now the second largest consumer of energy in the globe and the nation is expected to have a net energy shortfall of around $20 billion over the next four years.
The National Electricity Market, which is responsible for the price and pricing of energy, was hit by the worst energy price shock since the Industrial Revolution.
The shock to the market has caused consumers to withdraw power purchases and energy suppliers have been forced to slash their costs and shift the bulk of their operations to other countries.
“Our energy industry has been hit by a dramatic price shock,” Mr Conor said.”[It’s] the biggest price shock of the last 25 years.”
As a result, the industry has seen a significant reduction in energy demand.
“There has been a lot of uncertainty and uncertainty has led to significant volatility.”
Mr McGregor said energy demand has also been hit hard by the price spikes that have occurred in recent months.
“If you were to go back in time, you would not have been able to see this kind of economic upheaval, this level of volatility, this kind the scale of the crisis,” he said.’
It’s not about us’Australia’s national electricity network is one the world ‘s most energy intensive’The national grid is a crucial component of Australia ‘s energy infrastructure, but energy demand in recent years has been on a massive rise.
“Over the last 12 months, we have seen electricity demand increase by almost 5 per cent on average and that’s an unprecedented increase in our energy system,” Mr McGowan said.
Energy markets in the US have also been impacted by the recent energy price shocks, with the electric power market in Texas, North Dakota and California experiencing a 10-year-low in energy prices.
In the US, the average household consumes around 1 millionMW of electricity.
In 2017, that figure rose by around 8 per cent year-to-year, while the energy industry added 5 millionMW to the total.
“This is not a one-off.
We’re seeing a similar trajectory in Australia,” Mr McDonald said.
The Australian Energy Supply Association (AESA), a trade body for the industry, said it was now forecasting energy demand will grow by around 5 per- cent this financial year.
“Energy demand is now at the highest level since the end of the Second World War,” Mr McLennan said.