Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Electricity distribution networks transport electricity from high-volume 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 such as summer. In the past five years, network operators have amended and extended their networks substantially to account for potential rises in peak electricity demand. More stable networks mean higher depreciation and maintenance costs and a larger industry base of fixed assets. In order to fund capital expenditure, industry operators are allowed a return on their capital by regulators, to allow them to pay debt and equity holders... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The pattern 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 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. Additional factors include Victoria's share of population and business activity within Australia.
The trend in business locations has been stagnant in the five years through 2013-14... purchase to read more