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Electricity Distribution in the UK: Market Research Report

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Electricity Distribution Market Research Report | SIC D35.130 | Oct 2016

On standby: Lower regulated prices have led to a recent decline in industry revenue

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
SSE plc SSE plc market share
UK Power Networks UK Power Networks market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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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 Locations Chapter

The United Kingdom is split into fifteen regions for the firms to operate in. Companies operating in the industry are called Distribution Network Operators (DNOs). There are also a few Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs) that develop, operate and maintain local electricity distribution networks and are extensions of DNOs. Currently there are seven different DNOs and eight IDNOs operators in the industry. Some firms own and operate multiple regional distribution systems.

Electricity consumption can be used as a proxy to show the proportionate locations of electricity distribution and display a reasonable degree of accuracy. It is expected that the spread of electricity consumption will be very closely aligned with the spread of population... 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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