How the wind blows: Regulation uncertainty is causing volatility in investment and revenue

Companies in the Wind and Other Electricity Generation industry use a range of renewable inputs, such as wind and solar power, to generate electricity. Major players include diversified gentailers such as AGL, and operators focused on renewable energy, such as Infigen and Tilt Renewables. Many participants have entered the industry over the past decade to address their obligations under the Renewable Energy Target (RET), which has been present in various forms since 2001. The target refers to a mandated share of energy that large energy users must draw from renewable sources of energy generation. The RET has fostered investment and intense competition in the industry over the past five more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Government incentives to promote renewable energy generation have supported revenue growth
  • Electricity wholesale prices have fluctuated significantly over the past five years
  • Industry profit margins will decline as firms receive lower prices for generation output
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The industry displays high barriers to entry and this trend has remained stable over the past five years. Over the past decade, policy interventions such as the Renewable Energy Target have boosted investment in the industry. The technologies that are used in the industry range from mature and commercial to unproven. With research and development activity high, developing technology to an economic and viable scale is a barrier for the establishment of new generation facilities. Federal Government assistance is channelled through bodies such as the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.The construction of any new electricity generation facility is highly capital-intensive. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Wind and Other Electricity Generation Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Wind and Other Electricity Generation are:

  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulators
  • Ability to educate the wider community
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Electricity service price and Demand from electricity retailing in the Wind and Other Electricity Generation industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Wind and Other Electricity Generation Industry?

    Industry companies generate electricity using renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, biomass and other energy sources. The industry excludes the use of small-scale photovoltaic systems, also known as solar panels, which are installed by households.

    Industry Products
  • Wind electricity generation
  • Bioenergy electricity generation
  • Large-scale solar electricity generation
  • Geothermal and tidal electricity generation
  • Industry Activities
  • Wind electricity generation
  • Tidal electricity generation
  • Large-scale solar electricity generation
  • Geothermal electricity generation
  • Bioenergy electricity generation
  • Electricity generation from other renewable energy sources
  • 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
  • Demand from electricity retailing
  • Public concerns over environmental issues
  • Demand from fossil fuel electricity generation

  • Current Performance
  • The wholesale market and electricity prices
  • Investment
  • Energy policy
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Potential policy changes
  • Investment
  • Table: Wind and Other Electricity Generation Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Wind and Other Electricity Generation Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

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

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction
  • Heavy Machinery Repair and Maintenance
  • Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
  • Power Automation Products and Other Electrical Equipment Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Wind electricity generation
  • Bioenergy electricity generation
  • Large-scale solar electricity generation
  • Geothermal and tidal electricity generation
  • Chart: Wind and Other Electricity Generation Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturers
  • Consumers
  • Businesses
  • Utility providers
  • Primary producers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Wind and Other Electricity Generation Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Depreciation
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Wind and Other Electricity Generation

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Wind and Other Electricity Generation Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    AGL Energy Limited, Infigen Energy, Tilt Renewables Limited,
  • Table: AGL Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Infigen Energy - financial performance
  • Table: Tilt Renewables Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Wind and Other 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 Wind and Other 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
  • A waste product from sugar cane processing that can be used to generate energy.
  • Biomass
  • Biological material such as wood, sugar cane and municipal waste that can be converted to energy, heat or gas.
  • Gentailer
  • An integrated energy generator and retailer.
  • Gigawatt
  • A unit equal to 1,000 megawatts.
  • Gigawatt Hour
  • The energy that is required to power 10 million 100-watt units, such as light globes, for an hour.
  • Megawatt
  • A unit equivalent to one million watts.
  • Renewable Energy Certificates (Recs)
  • RECs allow particular entities to meet their renewable energy responsibilities and create a second market for industry participants.
  • Renewable Energy Target (Ret)
  • Regulation designed to increase the share of renewable generation in Australia. The current target is 33,000 gigawatt hours by 2020.
  • Roaring Forties
  • Stormy ocean tracts between latitudes 40 and 50 degrees south.
  • Watt
  • The most basic unit of power, equal to one joule of work per second.
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