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Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation in Australia: Market Research Report

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Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Market Research Report | ANZSIC D2611 | Sep 2016

Highly charged: Ongoing regulatory changes lead to increased revenue volatility

IBISWorld’s Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Fossil fuel-fired power stations supply the majority of Australia's electricity. These power plants run on black coal, brown coal and natural gas, while other fuels such as petroleum are used less frequently. Industry assets represent large capital investments that are operated in the long term. The lack of operational flexibility exposes the industry to structural and regulatory changes, and industry participants have grappled with government intervention and weaker demand for centrally-generated electricity over the past five years. The outcome has been limited production volumes and fluctuating wholesale electricity prices. Industry revenue is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of 5.2% over the five years through 2016-17, to reach $13.9 billion... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry displays a high capital intensity. In 2016-17, for every dollar spent as wages, an estimated $2.06 is invested in capital. Individual generating units are very large, and additions to capacity tend to fluctuate and may take years to be fully absorbed by demand. Firms incur depreciation costs when they initially purchase large-scale power plants, machinery and equipment, and when these assets depreciate in value over time. Large repairs and maintenance tasks may also be capitalised rather than being treated as operating costs, which adds to the capital intensity of the industry. Over the past five years, capital intensity has grown strongly as depreciation has increased as a proportion of revenue and wage costs have declined as a share of revenue over this period... purchase to read more


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What is the Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Industry?

Industry firms use fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil to drive steam-producing turbines that generate electricity.

Industry Products
Black coal generationBrown coal generationNatural gas generationMixed fuel and petroleum generation
Industry Activities
Black coal-fired electricity generationBrown coal-fired electricity generationGas-fired electricity generationOther mineral-fired electricity generation

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