Reduced transmission: Declining per capita electricity use has constrained revenue growth

The Electricity Transmission and Distribution industry comprises one transmission company, Transpower, and 29 lines companies, or distributors, which deliver power to end users across New Zealand. Industry players link electricity generation companies with downstream retailers and end users. Most players own and operate substantial assets, including power lines, cables, substations and other infrastructure. Transpower is a state-owned enterprise and is the system operator of the national electricity transmission grid that balances real-time fluctuations in supply and demand to ensure a consistent flow of more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The Commerce Commission monitors the pricing regimes of electricity distributors and Transpower
  • Per capita electricity usage has declined, as consumers have become more environmentally conscious
  • Distribution and transmission prices are forecast to grow over the 2015-2020 regulatory period
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Electricity Transmission and Distribution industry is highly capital-intensive. In 2017-18, for every dollar spent as wages, an estimated $1.56 is invested in capital. Industry operators own substantial fixed assets, including power lines, cables, substations and other infrastructure. Maintenance, repair, installation and other ongoing costs can be substantial. These costs are often capitalised and depreciated over a fixed time period, contributing to a sizeable portion of industry costs. Capital intensity has remained high over the past five years, due to ongoing infrastructure upgrades...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Industry

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

  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Economies of scale
  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulator
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from electricity retailing and Net energy consumption in the Electricity Transmission and Distribution industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Electricity Transmission and Distribution in New Zealand Industry?

    Industry players deliver electricity to final users. Players operate low-voltage distribution systems, which include lines, meters, poles and wires. Players also operate high-voltage transmission systems that use power lines and transformer stations.

    Industry Products
  • Electricity distribution
  • Electricity transmission
  • Industry Activities
  • Electricity transmission
  • Electricity distribution
  • Electricity 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
  • Demand from electricity retailing
  • Net energy consumption
  • Electricity service price
  • Public concerns over environmental issues

  • Current Performance
  • Profitability and participation
  • Electricity generation trends
  • Consumption trends
  • Transmission and distribution pricing
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry participation
  • Industrial demand
  • Transmission and distribution pricing
  • Electricity retailing trends
  • Table: Electricity Transmission and Distribution Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing in New Zealand
  • Electricity Retailing in New Zealand
  • Consumers in New Zealand

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Engineering Consulting in New Zealand
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction in New Zealand
  • Heavy Machinery and Scaffolding Rental and Hiring in New Zealand

  • Products & Services
  • Electricity distribution
  • Electricity transmission
  • Chart: Electricity Transmission and Distribution Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Industrial companies
  • Households
  • Businesses
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing companies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Electricity Transmission and Distribution 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 and Distribution

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Transpower New Zealand Limited, Vector Limited, Powerco Limited,
  • Table: Transpower New Zealand Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Vector Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Powerco Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electricity Transmission and Distribution 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 and Distribution Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Baseload Power
  • Electricity generation plants that meet minimum demand from the wholesale market.
  • Centrally Generated Electricity
  • Electricity that is generated at large-scale generation facilities and is then distributed along the national grid.
  • Geothermal
  • Energy that comes from the heat below the earth's surface.
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