Switching off: Industry revenue has plummeted in the light of surplus electricity capacity

Electricity is the primary source of energy for most Australian households and industries, and installed generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure heavily influences the capacity to meet electricity demand. Despite major structural changes in the Electricity Supply subdivision in recent decades, the bulk of electricity infrastructure has remained state-owned. Public sector electricity network companies generally maintain in-house construction and maintenance operations and oversee much of the industry's activity.Electricity infrastructure is built in advance of projected demand and extra capacity is constructed to minimise downtime risks...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Investment in renewable electricity infrastructure has boosted industry activity
  • The merger of two state-owned firms to form Energy Queensland has increased industry concentration
  • The push towards renewable energy sources has challenged fossil fuel generators’ business models
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Electricity Infrastructure Construction industry has a low concentration of ownership. The industry comprises several large scale state and private owned companies, which hold important positions in key state of regional markets or with specific types of electricity infrastructure. The four largest players together contributed less than 20.0% of industry revenue in 2018-19 and the degree of concentration has increased over the past five years following the June 2016 merger between Energex and Ergon Energy Corporation to form Energy Queensland Limited (EQL).Industry consolidation has been limited by the regulation of public sector enterprises. The fixed jurisdiction and ownership structure limits the market share concentration in the industry. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Electricity Infrastructure Construction Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Electricity Infrastructure Construction are:

  • Access to a highly skilled workforce
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Fast adjustments made to changing regulations
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from electricity generation and Capital expenditure by the public sector in the Electricity Infrastructure Construction industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Electricity Infrastructure Construction Industry?

    Industry firms primarily build infrastructure for electricity suppliers. This industry includes the construction of distribution and transmission networks, power stations, substations and associated work. Maintenance and repair services are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Distribution network construction
  • Transmission network construction
  • Fossil fuel generation construction
  • Renewable generation construction
  • Industry Activities
  • Distribution network construction
  • Transmission network construction
  • Fossil fuel generation construction and connection
  • Renewable generation construction and connection
  • 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 generation
  • Capital expenditure by the public sector
  • Actual capital expenditure on mining
  • Industrial production
  • Population

  • Current Performance
  • Profitability and employment decline
  • Electricity demand and consumption trends
  • Mining division expands
  • Internal structure changes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Electricity consumption trends
  • Mining investment grows


  • Electricity transport networks
  • Generation facilities
  • Projects
  • Table: Electricity Infrastructure Construction Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Electricity Infrastructure Construction Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Electricity Transmission
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Hydro-Electricity Generation
  • Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation
  • Wind and Other Electricity Generation

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Construction
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Machinery and Scaffolding Rental
  • Wholesale Trade

  • Products & Services
  • Distribution network construction
  • Transmission network construction
  • Fossil fuel generation construction
  • Renewable generation construction
  • Chart: Electricity Infrastructure Construction Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Private electricity companies
  • Public electricity corporations
  • Public sector tenders
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Electricity Infrastructure Construction 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 Infrastructure Construction

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Electricity Infrastructure Construction Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electricity Infrastructure Construction 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 Infrastructure Construction 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
    Distribution Network
  • A network of low-voltage electricity powerlines, meters and wiring that deliver electricity to final consumers.
  • Electricity Generation
  • The transfer of energy from a raw product such as coal, gas, water or wind into electricity through using a turbine.
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy generated from natural resources, and naturally replenished. This includes solar, wind, tidal and geothermal energy.
  • Transmission Network
  • A network of high-voltage electricity powerlines and transformer stations for transporting electricity over large distances.
  • Wet Hire
  • The supply of equipment and machinery with a suitably qualified operator (typically heavy construction equipment).
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