Corporations registered under the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act) are required to report greenhouse gas emissions, and energy production and consumption to the Clean Energy Regulator (CER), by 31 October each year. By 28 February each year, the CER publishes a point-in-time extract of scope 1, scope 2 emissions and energy production data specific to the electricity sector for the previous financial year.
Unlike the corporate emissions and energy data set, which is published at a controlling corporation level, the electricity sector emissions and production tables below are published at a designated generation facility level. This includes primary fuel source, emissions intensity and grid connection for each generator, as well as aggregated emissions and production for the entire sector.
Information as at 28 February 2023.
We define the following terms for the purposes of electricity emissions and generation data:
Designated generation facilities cannot apply to have their facility level data withheld under section 25 of the NGER Act.
The CER publishes total electricity generation and emissions data to assist with tracking the sector in relation to the sectoral baseline as set under the Safeguard Mechanism.
Under the Safeguard Mechanism, a
sectoral baseline applies collectively to grid-connected generators. Under the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 the sectoral baseline is set at 198 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e), based on electricity sector’s emissions from 2009–10 to 2013–14. If the sectoral baseline is exceeded collectively by grid-connected generators, it will no longer apply, and individual baselines will apply to generators.
In 2021–22, total reported scope 1 emissions from grid-connected generators were 141 million tonnes CO2-e.
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