Low flow: Subdued rainfall has reduced water catchment volumes, causing revenue to dry up

Falling wholesale electricity prices and weak demand growth for centrally generated electricity have contributed to a decline in the Hydro-Electricity Generation industry's revenue over the past five years. Overall, industry revenue is expected to fall by an annualised 3.5% over the five years through 2017-18, to $1.2 billion. While this represents a poor performance over the period, it does not reflect the wider long-term conditions that have affected the industry. Drought in 2012 significantly depleted the availability of water at hydro-electric power plants. This reduced industry output and restricted the supply of electricity available on wholesale electricity spot markets, leading to a spike in electricity prices...read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Falling wholesale electricity prices have contributed to revenue declines over the past five years
  • Hydro-electric power plants’ ability to boost supply is limited by rainfall and water storage levels
  • Electricity generation in New Zealand is expected to continue to shift away from fossil fuels
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Industry barriers to entry are high, and this has not changed over the past five years. Significant regulatory, environmental and financial hurdles exist to set up a hydro-electricity generation plant. Most sites where it would be economical to set up a plant are already in use. Any attempt to set up a new plant also inevitably draws significant backlash over environmental concerns, as dam construction often has adverse effects on surrounding environment biodiversity. Proposals to build new, large-scale hydro-electricity plants in New Zealand often struggle to win regulatory approval. The last large-scale generation plant (above 10-megawatts in capacity) constructed in New Zealand was the Clyde Dam in 1992, which is owned and operated by Contact Energy. Sin...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Hydro-Electricity Generation Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Hydro-Electricity Generation are:

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Having an integrated operation
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Electricity wholesale price and Level of annual rainfall in the Hydro-Electricity Generation industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Hydro-Electricity Generation in New Zealand Industry?

    Industry operators generate electricity through operating hydro-electric power plants. Operators that generate electricity through tidal energy are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Electricity
  • Industry Activities
  • Hydro-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 wholesale price
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Net energy consumption
  • Demand from geothermal, wind and other electricity generation

  • Current Performance
  • Weak demand growth
  • Increased rainfall
  • Shift towards renewables
  • Industry structure
  • Transmission costs
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • The decline of

    fossil fuels

  • Tiwai Point
  • Transmission costs
  • Table: Hydro-Electricity Generation Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Non-Ferrous Metal Product Manufacturing in New Zealand
  • Electricity Retailing in New Zealand
  • Consumers in New Zealand

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction in New Zealand
  • Heavy Machinery Repair and Maintenance in New Zealand

  • Products & Services
  • Electricity
  • Chart: Hydro-Electricity Generation Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Industrial firms
  • Households
  • Businesses
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing firms
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Hydro-Electricity Generation Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Hydro-Electricity Generation Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Meridian Energy Limited, Mercury NZ Limited, Contact Energy Limited, Genesis Energy Limited, TrustPower Limited,
  • Table: Meridian Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Mercury NZ Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Contact Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Genesis Energy Limited - financial performance
  • Table: TrustPower Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Hydro-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 Hydro-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 generators that runs continuously to satisfy minimum demand from the wholesale market.
  • Centrally-Generated Electricity
  • Electricity that is generated at large-scale facilities that is sold into the grid.
  • Gentailers
  • Integrated electricity generators and retailers.
  • Peaking Power
  • Electricity generators that can be switched on during periods of peak demand.
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