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Australia’s gas usage to drop to 34% by 2030

This comes as the market transitions away from gas. 

Australia’s gas usage is expected to drop further to 34% by 2030, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) reported. 

Gas usage for power generation dropped to 47% between 2014 and 2022 as Australia transitions away from gas. IEEFA noted the amount of gas Australia needs for electricity generation is at just 4%. 

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“The fact is the renewables’ share of generation has gone up two-and-a-half times while gas usage for gas-fired generation in the National Electricity Market has nearly halved. We have a renewables-rich grid, and our study has demonstrated that the amount of gas needed in the energy transition is small and continues to shrink,” Bruce Robertson, IEEFA’s lead gas analyst, said.

“Just because the gas industry continues to say we need more gas to transition, and just because the Prime Minister repeats it, doesn’t make it true. APPEA is intentionally conflating an increase in gas-peaking capacity with an increase in gas demand from electricity generation.”

 

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