A price-fuelled period: Electricity price fluctuations have led to surges in revenue

Fossil fuel-fired power stations supply the majority of Australia's electricity. These power plants mainly run on black coal, brown coal and natural gas. Black and brown coal-fired power stations are often run continuously to provide baseload power, while natural gas stations can be fired up quickly to provide peaking power during spikes in demand. Industry participants have grappled with a changing regulatory environment and volatile wholesale prices over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 9.8% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $20.4 billion.Fossil fuel electricity generation is a highly emissions-intensive process, which has prompted government intervention within the industry...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Government interventions in generation markets have contributed to industry revenue volatility
  • An uncertain regulatory environment has reduced investment in fossil fuel electricity generation
  • Policy changes following the Finkel review could affect fossil fuel generators
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    High barriers to entry characterise the industry and this has remained steady over the past five years. Prospective entrants are required to have large amounts of capital and considerable expertise. The scope and timing of state government privatisation programs, the construction of new privately funded power stations and the willingness of incumbents to sell their operations also affect the ability of new players to enter the industry.The well-established positions of existing companies in the industry represent another entry barrier for potential firms. Established players such as AGL Energy, EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy have upstream resource extraction operations and links in downstream retailing industries. It ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Industry are

  • Development of a symbiotic relationship with another industry
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Electricity service price and Net energy consumption in the Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation industry impact industry performance..

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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 generation
  • Brown coal generation
  • Natural gas generation
  • Mixed fuel and petroleum generation
  • Industry Activities
  • Black coal-fired electricity generation
  • Brown coal-fired electricity generation
  • Gas-fired electricity generation
  • Other mineral-fired electricity generation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Electricity service price
  • Net energy consumption
  • Public concerns over environmental issues
  • World price of steaming coal

  • Current Performance
  • Energy policy
  • Lack of capital investment
  • Rising wholesale prices
  • Demand factors
  • Ownership changes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Finkel review effects
  • Solar installations and manufacturing demand
  • Table: Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Electricity Transmission

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Black Coal Mining
  • Brown Coal Mining
  • Investment Banking and Securities Brokerage
  • Oil and Gas Extraction

  • Products & Services
  • Black coal generation
  • Natural gas generation
  • Brown coal generation
  • Mixed fuel and petroleum generation
  • Chart: Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturers
  • Households
  • Businesses
  • Utility providers
  • Primary producers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation 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 Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    AGL Energy Limited, Origin Energy Limited, EnergyAustralia Holdings Limited,
  • Table: AGL Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Origin Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: EnergyAustralia Holdings Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation 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 Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Base-Load Power
  • Electricity provided by power stations that run continuously.
  • Gentrader
  • A New South Wales Government sale of long-term supply contracts from state-owned generators to private players.
  • Geosequestration
  • A process of storing carbon dioxide underground, where it reacts with saline water to form non-reactive salts.
  • Peak-Load Power
  • Electricity generation capacity that can be switched on or off to meet seasonal and daily fluctuations in demand.
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