Power play: An expected recovery in wholesale electricity prices will lead to industry growth

IBISWorld’s Hydro-Electricity Generation in New Zealand market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over the past five years, falling wholesale electricity prices and weak growth in demand for centrally generated electricity have contributed to a decline in industry revenue. Overall, industry revenue is expected to decline by an annualised 6.8% over the five years through 2017-18, to total $1.4 billion. While this is a poor performance, it is not reflective of the overall long-term conditions that have affected the industry. The drought in 2012 and 2013 significantly depleted the storage of water at hydro-electric power plants. This reduced the supply of electricity available on wholesale electricity spot markets and led to a spike in electricity prices. Overall, this led to strong growth in revenue and profit margins for industry operators in 2011-12 and 2012-13...

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Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Industry players generate electricity through hydro-electricity generation technology. This electricity is then sold to the wholesale spot market, or directly to downstream manufacturers and industrial firms with long-term contracts. Electricity is the only product created by industry operators.


Hydro-electricity generation relies on a flow of water to spin turbines, which creates the energy needed to generate electricity. Conventional technology uses kinetic energy created when water is released from a storage facility down a steep incline. Conventional hydropower stations, such as Contact Energy's Clyde Dam, can be switched on or off to provide peaking power during high-demand periods, such as winter. How..

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Additional Insights for the Hydro-Electricity Generation Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Hydro-Electricity Generation Industry 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?

    Operators in the industry generate electricity through the operation of hydro-electric power plants. Operators that generate electricity through tidal energy are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
    Industry Activities
    Hydro-electricity generation

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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 renewable
  • 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

  • Products & Markets
    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
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • 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
    Major Companies
    Meridian Energy LimitedMercury NZ LimitedContact Energy LimitedGenesis Energy LimitedTrustPower 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

  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    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
    Jargon & Glossary
    Baseload 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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