Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Electricity distribution businesses have regional monopolies, so their pricing is heavily regulated by governmental departments. These are the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) in Britain, and the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR) in Northern Ireland. The industry is estimated to employ over 21,000 people and pay £1.1 billion in wages in 2016-17. There are seven Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) active in the industry, covering 15 distribution areas in the United Kingdom (14 in Great Britain and one in Northern Ireland), and eight Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs). A number of these firms also generate electricity and some are involved in both transmitting and distributing electricity... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Due to the nature of the Electricity Distribution industry, industry operators carry out only one service and it is not segmented along product or service lines. However, some of the operators in the industry are vertically integrated and also retail or generate electricity.
Electricity distributors operate networks that carry electricity from the transmission system and deliver it to the end consumers. The electricity must be transformed down from high voltages to voltages suitable for domestic and commercial use. Firms operate on a regional basis, using medium- or low-voltage power lines. Lines generally carry electricity above ground, although often in urban areas it is necessary to transmit below the ground. It .. purchase to read more