Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Electricity distribution networks transport electricity from high-voltage transmission networks to households and businesses for consumption. They are built and regulated to ensure a safe supply of electricity, even during peak demand periods in summer. In the past five years, network operators have amended and extended their networks substantially to account for potential rises in peak electricity demand. To fund capital expenditure, industry operators are allowed a return on their capital by regulators so they can pay debt and equity holders. Historically, the amount of revenue the regulators have permitted the industry to capture from users has been proportional to the size of the industry's capital base... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Industry volumes are influenced by population levels and business patterns. However, the distribution of enterprise locations reflects the regulation and ownership of industry operators more than it does the spread of population or businesses in Australia. States with lower population densities, such as Tasmania, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia, are each home to single operators.
The structure of the privatisation of Victoria's distribution network in 1994 established five different distribution operators within the state. The legacy of this reform has been Victoria's dominance in terms of share of business locations. However, as a proportion of industry volumes, Victoria's share is relatively low compared to its population... purchase to read more