Power trip: Industry revenue declines as downstream markets pull the plug

The Electricity Transmission industry is a key player in Australia's energy network. Transmission networks transport high-voltage electricity from generators to distribution networks and directly to large industrial users. Transmission networks are highly regulated geographic monopolies, with only one major enterprise in each state. Queensland's, Western Australia's and Tasmania's transmission networks are state-owned, while New South Wales', South Australia's and Victoria's transmission networks are foreign-owned. Other industry players include the owners of interconnectors that allow electricity to flow between states. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) oversees most of the industry's operations and sets revenue determinations for five-year periods for individual entities...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • New regulatory frameworks have reduced industry revenue over the past five years
  • The capital costs required to enter and operate in the industry are prohibitive to new entrants
  • The Australian Energy Regulator has stated it will reduce maximum allowable regulated revenue
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Electricity Transmission industry is in the mature stage of its economic life cycle. The industry's structure is unusual, as regulators determine revenue, investment levels and allowable returns over five-year periods for most industry participants. As a result, regulatory decisions are more influential on the industry's short-term performance than demand.Industry value added (IVA) is used to measure an industry's contribution to the overall economy. IVA is forecast to decline at an annualised 2.4% over the next 10 years, which represents an underperformance compared with annualised real GDP growth of 2.7% over the same period. While this trend is generally indicative of a declining industry, this is misrepresentative due to a high base year in 2013-14. Ind...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Electricity Transmission Industry

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

  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulators
  • Effective cost controls
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Industrial production and Number of households in the Electricity Transmission industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Electricity Transmission Industry?

    Industry players operate high-voltage electric power transmission systems and control electricity transmission from generating plants to distribution networks and large industrial users. These transmission systems include power lines and transformer stations.

    Industry Products
  • Electricity transmission
  • Electricity transmission links
  • Industry Activities
  • High-voltage electricity transmission
  • Substation operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Industrial production
  • Number of households
  • Demand from heavy industry and other non-building construction
  • Demand from electricity distribution
  • year bond rate

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue
  • Regulation and revenue
  • Demand and pricing
  • Structure and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and participation
  • Changing demand
  • Shifting structure
  • Privatisation
  • Table: Electricity Transmission Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Electricity Retailing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electrical Services
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction
  • Machinery and Scaffolding Rental

  • Products & Services
  • Electricity transmission
  • Electricity transmission links
  • Other
  • Chart: Electricity Transmission Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Electricity distributors and retailers
  • Large industrial energy users
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Electricity Transmission Industry

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

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Queensland Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited, NSW Electricity Networks Operations Holdings Pty Ltd, AusNet Services Ltd, ElectraNet Pty Ltd, Electricity Networks Corporation, Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Queensland Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited - financial performance
  • Table: NSW Electricity Networks Operations Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: AusNet Services Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: ElectraNet Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Electricity Networks Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electricity Transmission 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 Transmission Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Australian Energy Regulator (Aer)
  • The body that regulates the majority of industry enterprises, except operators in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
  • Circuit Kilometre
  • One kilometre of electrical transmission or distribution circuitry.
  • Electricity Distribution System
  • Low-voltage power lines that carry electricity to end users.
  • Electricity Transmission
  • The bulk transfer of electrical power at voltages of 110 kilovolts or above from generators to distributors and large electricity users.
  • Monopoly Profit
  • Abnormal profit that can be generated in monopolies. Players can unfairly increase prices without the threat of rival companies undercutting them.
  • Transmission Line
  • High-voltage power lines used to transport electricity from power generators to distribution networks.
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