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Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation in Australia: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Market Research Report | ANZSIC D2611 | Feb 2014

Generational shifts: Demand for fossil fuel electricity falls as renewables rise

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
Revenue
$12bn
Annual Growth 09-14
2.5%
Annual Growth 14-19
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Profit
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Employment
7,263
Businesses
49
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Fossil fuel-fired power stations supply the majority of Australia's electricity. They run on black coal, brown coal and increasingly on natural gas, with only limited use of other fuels such as petroleum products. As these fuel sources indicate, the industry is emissions intensive and its performance is sensitive to carbon pricing policies. Industry assets represent large capital investments that are operated for the long term. The lack of operational flexibility leaves the industry exposed to change. This has been clear in the past five years, as the industry has been buffeted by shifting patterns of demand and regulation.

In the five years through 2013-14, industry revenue has increased at a compound annual rate of 2.5%... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Once produced, electricity is a homogenous product. The main fossil fuels used to generate electricity are coal and natural gas, reflecting the abundance of these fuel sources in Australia. Coal-fired plants dominate electricity production, accounting for nearly three-quarters of the electricity generated from fossil fuels in 2013-14. The introduction of carbon pricing in mid-2012 is lifting fuel costs and reducing the relative cost advantage of coal. Since coal emits substantially more greenhouse emissions gas than natural gas does, for the same level of power generation, coal will face higher carbon costs.

Black coal generation

Black coal and brown coal are distinguished by differences in their energy and water content... purchase to read more

 


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What is the Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Industry?

Firms in this industry use fossil fuels, such as coal, gas or 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 generation


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