Electricity Distribution in the UK: Market Research Report

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Electricity Distribution Market Research Report | SIC D35.130 | May 2015

Switched on: Set price increases are expected to help firms generate steady revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Electricity Distribution market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Electricity North West Ltd Electricity North West Ltd market share
Iberdrola SA Iberdrola SA market share
Northern Powergrid Holdings Company Northern Powergrid Holdings Company market share
PPL Corporation PPL Corporation market share
SSE plc SSE plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Revenue for the Electricity Distribution industry is expected to expand at a compound annual rate of 4.5% over the five years through 2015-16. Higher prices have more than offset weak volumes of electricity transported along the low-voltage distribution network. These prices reflect the investment that is necessary to bring the industry's ageing infrastructure up to date. Industry revenue is expected to increase by a further 1.6% to £6.7 billion in 2015-16. Electricity distribution businesses are regional monopolies, so their pricing is heavily regulated by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). Ofgem aims to act on behalf of consumers, while ensuring that distributors receive a fair return... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Electricity Distribution industry has a high level of market share concentration. The 15 electricity distribution licences covering the United Kingdom (14 in Great Britain and one in Northern Ireland) are held by seven firms. The four largest companies in the industry are expected to generate 76.9% of industry revenue in 2015-16 and each holds multiple distribution licences.

Concentration increased at the start of 2011-12 when one of the existing industry participants, the US firm PPL Corporation, which operates through its UK subsidiary Western Power Distribution Holdings, purchased two more electricity distribution networks, taking its total to four. That increase in concentration was the first for some years... purchase to read more


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What is the Electricity Distribution Industry?

Firms in this industry operate the low-voltage electricity distribution networks that carry power from high-voltage transmission lines to end users.

Industry Products
Electricity distribution
Industry Activities
Operating electricity distribution systemsMaintaining and expanding distribution networks

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