Five Years of Declining Annual Consumption of Grid-Supplied Electricity in Eastern Australia: Causes and Consequences

Pears, A and Sandiford, M 2015, 'Five Years of Declining Annual Consumption of Grid-Supplied Electricity in Eastern Australia: Causes and Consequences', Electricity Journal, vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 96-117.


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Title Five Years of Declining Annual Consumption of Grid-Supplied Electricity in Eastern Australia: Causes and Consequences
Author(s) Pears, A
Sandiford, M
Year 2015
Journal name Electricity Journal
Volume number 28
Issue number 7
Start page 96
End page 117
Publisher Elsevier Inc.
Abstract For decades, consumption of grid-supplied electricity increased in line with a growing economy. In the five years since 2009, however, annual consumption in eastern Australia declined by 7 percent, even while the Australian economy grew by 13 percent. Declining consumption was not forecast by the planning authority nor by market participants. The authors review reasons for declining consumption, the failure of planning authorities to forecast this structural change, and ongoing consequences. Fuel switching from oil and gas offers one means of partly arresting the rapidly declining use of electricity grid infrastructure.
Subject Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.tej.2015.07.007
Copyright notice © 2015 Elsevier Inc.
ISSN 1040-6190
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