Sparking interest: Higher transmission charges are expected to support continued growth

The Electricity Transmission industry is responsible for carrying electricity from power stations to the low-voltage distribution network, which delivers the electricity to end users. The industry is a highly regulated natural monopoly. Industry revenue is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 7.1% over the five years through 2017-18 as a result of mounting transmission costs and rising charges being levied on grid users. Higher transmission charges relate to the significant amount of capital investment into the transmission grid in order to accommodate new generation plants and to replace ageing systems. Revenue is expected to reach £5.6 billion in 2017-18, an increase of 3.8% on the previous more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Higher transmission charges have supported revenue growth over the past five years
  • Ofgem has recognised the need to support increased investment in energy networks
  • The transmission grid must expand to allow for the connection of renewable generators
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Electricity consumption can be used as a proxy to show the proportionate locations of electricity transmission. Unsurprisingly, consumption levels are closely aligned to the spread of population, since households are the largest end users of electricity. Additionally, areas of high population density often have a larger number of commercial customers.London and the South EastLondon and the South East are the regions with the highest levels of electricity consumption, as these two regions are the most populous in the United Kingdom. The South East has a higher population than London. However, London has the highest level of consumption as the region has a particularly large number of commercial premises, which are generally highly energy intensive...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Electricity Transmission Industry

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

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Effective cost controls
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from electricity and telecommunications infrastructure construction and Total electricity consumption in the Electricity Transmission industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Electricity Transmission Industry?

    This industry owns, operates and maintains a network of high-voltage wires that carry electricity over long distances. The electricity transmission system connects electricity generators to the low-voltage distribution network that carries electricity to end users.

    Industry Products
  • Electricity transmission
  • Industry Activities
  • Transmitting electricity over a high-voltage network
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from electricity and telecommunications infrastructure construction
  • Total electricity consumption
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Number of households

  • Current Performance
  • Regulated growth
  • Transmission monopoly
  • New connections
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Renewable generation
  • Regenerating the grid
  • European electricity
  • Table: Electricity Transmission Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Electricity Production
  • Electricity Supply

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Consultant Engineering Services
  • Electricity & Telecommunications Infrastructure Construction
  • Metal Structure Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Electricity transmission
  • Other
  • Chart: Electricity Transmission Industry Products and Services Segmentation

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

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks


    PurchasesDepreciationWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Electricity Transmission

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Electricity Transmission Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    National Grid Electricity Transmission plc, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, SP Transmission plc,
  • Table: National Grid Electricity Transmission plc - financial performance
  • Table: Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc - financial performance
  • Table: SP Transmission plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electricity Transmission 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 Transmission 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
  • Stands for the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation.
  • Ofgem
  • Stands for the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets.
  • Riio
  • Stands for revenue = incentives + innovation + outputs. The most recent regulatory framework, which became effective on 1 April 2013 and will last for eight years.
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