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Coal consumption and use

Coal consumption and use

Unlike oil, natural gas and electricity, coal consumption has remained relatively steady. Abrupt increases in its use (like that seen in the early 2000s) are a result of its use for electricity generation. This affects the percentage used by different sectors. In 2007 the amount used for power generation was 65% of the total. In a very dry year, when hydroelectric generation is reduced, the percentage used for generation and the overall amount increase.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: Ministry of Economic Development; New Zealand official yearbook, 1990

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Megan Cook, 'Energy supply and use - Coal and coal gas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010