Sparking growth: Rising wholesale prices and strong demand support current-year expansion

The Electricity Production industry's revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 0.8% over the five years through 2018. Falling wholesale electricity prices coupled with low demand for electricity caused revenue to fall in the first half of the period. During the current year, industry revenue is expected to increase by 1.9% to reach €2.3 billion, as wholesale electricity prices are expected to rise. Electricity production represents the first phase in the process of delivering electricity to consumers, and is followed by transmission, distribution and trade. Electricity is generated at power stations, which generally use heat engines fuelled by chemical combustion. It may also be generated by other means, such as the use of turbines driven by water or more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Falling electricity prices caused revenue to fall in the first half of the period, resulting in overall decline
  • A spike in carbon prices in the middle of the period cause revenue to rise, but also increased costs
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The performance of the Electricity Production industry is highly dependent on demand for electricity, which is affected by population trends and overall levels of economic activity. Electricity production and supply are open to full competition throughout the island of Ireland, whereas transmission and distribution are regulated monopolies. In light of current regulatory conditions intended to cut greenhouse gas emissions and expand renewable energy generation, the industry has become increasingly focused on pollution targets, which are shaping its development. The Irish government has a target of 40% of electricity to be generated from renewable sources by 2020, as was restated in the 2015 White Paper on energy. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Electricity Production Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Electricity Production Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as EU carbon price and Total electricity consumption in the Electricity Production industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Electricity Production in Ireland Industry?

    Companies in this industry produce electricity by burning fossil fuels such as gas, coal and peat. They also operate hydroelectric plants and stations fuelled by renewable sources such as wind or biomass.

    Industry Products
  • Wind-powered electricity
  • Gas-fired electricity
  • Coal-fired electricity
  • Peat-fired electricity
  • Hydro-powered electricity
  • Biomass-powered electricity
  • Industry Activities
  • Generating electricity in gas-fired plants
  • Generating electricity in coal-fired plants
  • Generating electricity in peat-fired plants
  • Generating hydroelectric power
  • Generating electricity from renewable sources such as wind and biomass
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • EU carbon price
  • Total electricity consumption
  • World price of natural gas
  • World price of steaming coal

  • Current Performance
    Fuel mixConcerning carbon
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Exit uncertaintyData centresInterconnectivity
  • Table: Electricity Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Electricity Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Electricity Supply in Ireland

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Building Construction in Ireland

  • Products & Services
  • Gas-fired electricity
  • Wind-powered electricity
  • Coal-fired electricity
  • Peat-fired electricity
  • Hydro-powered electricity
  • Biomass-powered electricity
  • Other
  • Chart: Electricity Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Households
  • Commercial premises
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Electricity Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Electricity Production

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Electricity Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Electricity Supply Board, Bord Gais Energy Ltd, Bord na Mona plc,
  • Table: Electricity Supply Board - financial performance
  • Table: Bord Gais Energy Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Bord na Mona plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electricity Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Electricity Production Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Contract For Difference (Cfd)
  • CFDs specify a fixed price agreed by a generator and a supplier. Where in any trading period the pool price exceeds the strike price the generator pays the supplier the difference, and vice versa.
  • Peaking Plant
  • A plant that runs only when there is a high demand, known as peak demand, for electricity.
  • Single Electricity Market (Sem)
  • The physical wholesale electricity market operating in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It is a gross mandatory pool operating with dual currencies and in multiple jurisdictions.
  • System Marginal Price (Smp)
  • The SEM Includes a centralised liquid spot market where electricity is bought and sold. Suppliers purchase their requirements in half hour periods and pay the SMP.
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