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 and reliable supply of electricity, even during peak demand periods in summer. Over the past five years, network operators have extended their networks substantially to account for potential rises in peak electricity demand. Regulators allow industry operators to generate a return on their capital so they can pay debt and equity holders. Historically, the amount of revenue that 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
Population levels and business patterns influence electricity consumption volumes. However, the distribution of enterprise and establishment locations reflects the regulation and ownership of industry operators more than the spread of population or businesses in Australia. States with smaller populations and less business activity, such as Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia, are each home to one electricity distribution network operator.
The privatisation of Victoria's distribution network in 1994 established five different distribution operators in the state. This reform explains Victoria's dominance in terms of business locations... purchase to read more