Power failure: Rising transmission and distribution costs have limited profit margins

Businesses in the Electricity Retailing industry have faced mixed operating conditions over the past five years. Greater regulatory scrutiny has threatened larger firms, and rising transmission and distribution costs have exerted downward pressure on profit over the period. Meanwhile, greater awareness of electricity consumption by consumers and businesses, and the increased uptake of home insulation and household solar panels have weakened per capita demand for centrally-generated electricity. Overall, industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 1.4% over the five years through 2019-20, to $6.3 billion. This includes an expected decline of 0.6% in the current year, as strengthening competitive pressure is likely to exert downward pressure on prices...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Growth among smaller operators has contributed to increased employment over the past five years
  • The five major gentailers are expected to account for 75% of industry revenue in the current year
  • Regulatory reforms over the past decade are expected to continue to affect the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The Electricity Retailing industry has a high degree of geographic concentration, reflecting national consumption patterns. The Auckland region is the largest consumer of electricity, reflecting its high population and economic base. Other key consuming areas are Canterbury, Waikato, and Wellington. In total, these regions account for over 80% of establishment numbers. In the case of Auckland and Wellington, consumers can choose from 20 or more retail brands, suggesting a high degree of localised competition in key geographic markets.In other instances, electricity retailers may only operate in confined geographical locations. For example, King Country Energy supplies the King Country, Waikato and Waipa areas. Gov...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:

  • Ability to effectively manage risk
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Ability to allocate product/service to area of greatest need
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Electricity wholesale price and Number of households in the Electricity Retailing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Electricity Retailing in New Zealand Industry?

    Industry operators purchase electricity on the wholesale electricity spot market and onsell it to consumers and businesses.

    Industry Products
  • Hydro-electricity
  • Fossil fuel electricity
  • Geothermal electricity
  • Other electricity
  • Industry Activities
  • Electricity retailing
  • Electricity market operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Electricity wholesale price
  • Number of households
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Net energy consumption

  • Current Performance
  • Regulatory changes
  • Industry structure
  • Profit margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry participation
  • Electricity consumption
  • Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter
  • 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
  • Consumers in New Zealand

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation in New Zealand
  • Geothermal, Wind and Other Electricity Generation in New Zealand
  • Hydro-Electricity Generation in New Zealand

  • Products & Services
  • Hydro-electricity
  • Geothermal electricity
  • Fossil fuel electricity
  • Other electricity
  • Chart: Electricity Retailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Commercial users
  • Industrial users
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing firms
  • 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
  • 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
    Contact Energy Limited, Genesis Energy Limited, Mercury NZ Limited, Meridian Energy Limited, TrustPower Limited,
  • Table: Contact Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Genesis Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Mercury NZ Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Meridian Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: TrustPower 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
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, and fair value adjustments: commonly used in the electricity industry as a measure of profit.
  • Gentailer
  • Generator-retailers: vertically integrated energy companies that both generate and retail electricity.
  • Installation Control Points (Icp)
  • ICPs refer to the installation control points managed by an electricity retailer and can be used as a measure of market share.
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