Electricity consumption on the North Coast has declined by 20 per cent over the past four years despite a growth in population.
Electricity consumption on the North Coast has declined by 20 per cent over the past four years despite a growth in population. Trevor Veale

North Coast electricity consumption slumps over four years

DATA released by Essential Energy shows electricity consumption on the North Coast has slumped 20 per cent in the past four years.

The news is not surprising as the region is leading the nation in the domestic uptake of rooftop solar panels.

Total Environment Centre spokesperson Mark Byrne said the reduction in use of electricity on the North Coast was about three times the decline of the national market in the same period.

"That's despite an increase in the region's population of about five per cent but there are a number of factors that have led to the drop," he said.

"While consumers have used less energy in response to escalating bills, that's happened across most of the national market.

"The standout reason for the steep decline has been the massive uptake of rooftop solar systems.

"In many postcodes more than a quarter of households have rooftop solar.

"The system size is increasing, in spite of rebates being rolled back and there being no mandated feed-in tariff for energy exported to the grid."

He said the 20 per cent decline represented an annual saving of 219,000 tonnes of carbon pollution, which was equivalent to taking 70,000 cars off the road.



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