Shocking: High wholesale prices and policy uncertainty lead to strong revenue volatility

Electricity retailers facilitate the supply of electricity from generators to end users through electricity transport networks. By purchasing energy from wholesale markets, industry operators manage price volatility for end users. Several industry operators are also active in power generation industries, which provides them with a less volatile supply of electricity. The industry's revenue growth is contingent on rising demand from households, businesses and operators in other industries. Revenue growth also depends on the industry's ability to pass on increases in input costs from other areas of the electricity supply chain, due to the short-term demand inelasticity of electricity...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$44bn
Annual Growth 14-19
0.9%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
10,192
Businesses
225

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increased wholesale costs were passed on to consumers and provided a short boost to revenue
  • Vertical integration offers significant benefits to the revenue and profit margins of major players
  • The result of the next Federal Election will play a role in determining the industry’s performance
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Electricity Retailing industry displays high capital intensity. In 2018-19, for every dollar spent on wages, an estimated $0.46 is invested in capital. The industry is essentially a service industry, with wages and depreciation expenses accounting for very small shares of total revenue. Purchase costs dominate the cost structures of companies in the industry. As industry players deal directly with end users, a considerable number of employees are involved in areas such as customer relations and billing. The main technology and capital equipment used in the industry includes communication equipment that is used by customer-facing staff...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Electricity Retailing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Electricity Retailing are:

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of businesses and Electricity service price in the Electricity Retailing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Electricity Retailing Industry?

    Industry companies sell electricity via power distribution systems that are operated by other firms. The industry also includes operators that primarily provide services to the electricity market, and match electricity supply and demand.

    Industry Products
  • Electricity generated using black coal
  • Electricity generated using brown coal
  • Electricity generation using natural gas
  • Electricity generated using wind and solar power
  • Electricity generated using hydropower
  • Electricity generated using other energy sources
  • Industry Activities
  • Electricity market operation
  • Electricity retailing
  • Electricity wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of businesses
  • Electricity service price
  • Net energy consumption
  • Number of households
  • Demand from electricity distribution

  • Current Performance
  • Wholesale supply

    and prices

  • Profit and vertical integration
  • Demand changes
  • Participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Future carbon prices
  • Vertical integration and participation
  • Competition
  • Solar substitution
  • Table: Electricity Retailing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Electricity Retailing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail Trade
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Electricity Transmission
  • Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation
  • Hydro-Electricity Generation
  • Wind and Other Electricity Generation

  • Products & Services
  • Electricity generated using black coal
  • Electricity generation using natural gas
  • Electricity generated using brown coal
  • Electricity generated using wind and solar power
  • Electricity generated using hydropower
  • Electricity generated using other energy sources
  • Chart: Electricity Retailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commercial and services
  • Households
  • Manufacturers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Electricity Retailing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Electricity Retailing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Electricity Retailing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Origin Energy Limited, AGL Energy Limited, EnergyAustralia Holdings Limited, Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation, ERM Power Limited,
  • Table: Origin Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: AGL Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: EnergyAustralia Holdings Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: ERM Power Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electricity Retailing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Electricity Retailing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Australian Energy Market Operator (Aemo)
  • The AEMO operates the NEM.
  • Gentailer
  • A vertically integrated energy company, with interests in electricity generation and retailing.
  • National Electricity Market (Nem)
  • The NEM connects generators to retailers in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
  • Transmission Network
  • High-voltage electric power transmission systems that control the transmission of electricity from generating plants to distribution centres or other electric utilities.
  • Twh
  • Terawatt hours, used as a measure of electricity energy over time.
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