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The Electricity Production industry’s revenue is expected to expand at a compound annual rate of 4.2% over the five years through 2018-19. However, falling wholesale electricity prices coupled with low demand for electricity have somewhat limited growth. During the current year, industry revenue is expected to increase by 2.1% to reach £19.2 billion, as wholesale electricity prices are expected to rise. IBISWorld estimates that in 2018-19, natural gas will be used to generate 40.7% of total electricity produced in the United Kingdom, followed by renewables at 29.6%, nuclear at 20.9%, and coal, accounting for only 6.7%.Electricity production is the first phase in the process of delivering electricity to consumers, and is followed by transmission, distribution and more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry’s performance is increasingly dependent on government regulations
  • The share of electricity generated by nuclear power stations is expected to remain stable
  • Operators are taking steps to improve their image and move on from conventional generation
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Over time, the United Kingdom has integrated the previously separate electricity markets of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The government formed the New Electricity Trading Arrangements (NETA) in 2001 to integrate the electricity markets of England and Wales. In 2005, it extended NETA to Scotland as the British Energy Transmission and Trading Arrangements (BETTA). Since 2007, Northern Ireland has been part of a Single Electricity Market that also includes the Republic of Ireland.ScotlandScotland is expected to account for the largest proportion of establishments, with 21% of industry establishments located there. Sco...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 EUA prices and Total electricity consumption in the Electricity Production industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Electricity Production Industry?

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

    Industry Products
  • Gas-fired electricity
  • Coal-fired electricity
  • Nuclear power
  • Wind and solar photovoltaics
  • Oil and other
  • Biomass
  • Hydro
  • Industry Activities
  • Generating electricity in gas-fired plants
  • Generating electricity in coal-fired plants
  • Generating nuclear power
  • Generating hydroelectric power
  • Generating electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar 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
  • EUA prices
  • Total electricity consumption
  • World price of natural gas
  • World price of steaming coal

  • Current Performance
  • Fuel mix
  • Nuclear impact
  • Concerning carbon
  • Renewables support
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Policy effects
  • Nuclear future
  • International connections
  • 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 Transmission

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Crude Petroleum & Natural Gas Extraction
  • Hard Coal Mining
  • Nuclear Fuel Processing

  • Products & Services
  • Gas-fired electricity
  • Nuclear power
  • Wind and solar photovoltaics
  • Biomass
  • Coal-fired electricity
  • Oil and other
  • Hydro
  • Chart: Electricity Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Commercial premises
  • Other
  • Transport industries
  • 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
    ProfitPurchasesDepreciationWagesOther 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
    EDF Energy Holdings Ltd, Drax Power Limited, SSE plc, RWE AG, Scottish Power UK plc,
  • Table: EDF Energy Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Drax Power Limited - financial performance
  • Table: SSE plc - financial performance
  • Table: RWE AG - financial performance
  • Table: Scottish Power UK 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 (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Carbon Capture And Storage
  • A process that extracts carbon dioxide before or after fuel is burned. It is then stored underground or under the sea.
  • Combined-Cycle Gas Turbine (Ccgt)
  • Electricity generating turbines that use waste heat from the gas-firing process to produce more electricity.
  • Photovoltaics (Pv)
  • A method of converting solar energy into electricity.
  • Steaming Coal
  • Also known as thermal coal, steaming coal is coal used for its heating value, typically in electricity generation.
  • Terawatt-Hour
  • A unit of electrical energy. One terawatt-hour is equal to a sustained power of approximately 114 megawatts for a period of one year.
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