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.


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...

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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 current level of generation oversupply is an additional barrier, although future capacity reduction is likely.

The well-established positions of existing companies in the industry represent another entry barrier for potential firms. Est..

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Industry Products

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

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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