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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

The Electricity Distribution market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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 Threats & Opportunities
  • Ofgem cuts base revenue to provide savings for end customers, resulting in recent contraction
  • Electricity consumption levels have been volatile in recent years, affecting revenue growth
  • Operators are expected to shift away from using contractors with morein-house employees
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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 Analysis Chapter

Companies operating in the Electricity Distribution industry have regional monopolies, which are regulated by government departments. In Britain, there are seven Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) and eight Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs), all of which are regulated by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). IDNO networks tend to be extensions to DNO networks established to serve new housing and commercial developments. Northern Ireland has only one DNO, which operates under a different regulatory body, the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR). These two governmental departments exert a strong influence on the industry's performance, as they determine pricing levels. Rev.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Electricity Distribution Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Electricity Distribution Industry are

  • Effective cost controls
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Ability to manage external (outsourcing) contracts
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as year bond rate and Average maximum temperature in the Electricity Distribution industry impact industry performance... 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

    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
  • year bond rate
  • Average maximum temperature
  • Number of households
  • Total electricity consumption
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Current Performance
  • Protecting consumers
  • A fair charge
  • Network expansion
  • Volatile consumption
  • Plugging in
  • Promoting efficiency
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Balance of power
  • Interconnected
  • Employment expansion
  • Smart distribution
  • Table: Electricity Distribution Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Electricity Distribution Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade
  • Accommodation and Food Service Activities
  • Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Consultant Engineering Services
  • Electricity & Telecommunications Infrastructure Construction
  • Products & Services
  • Electricity distribution
  • Other
  • Chart: Electricity Distribution Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Commercial premises
  • Other
  • Losses
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Electricity Distribution Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Depreciation
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Electricity Distribution
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Electricity Distribution Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    UK Power Networks Holdings Ltd
    Western Power Distribution plc
    SSE plc
    ScottishPower Ltd
    Northern Powergrid Holdings Company
    Electricity North West Ltd
  • Table: UK Power Networks Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Western Power Distribution plc - financial performance
  • Table: SSE plc - financial performance
  • Table: ScottishPower Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Northern Powergrid Holdings Company - financial performance
  • Table: Electricity North West Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electricity Distribution 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 Electricity Distribution Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Distributed Generation
  • An electricity generating plant that is connected to a distribution network, rather than the transmission network.
  • Low Carbon Networks Fund
  • A fund that provides distribution network operators with money to experiment with new technology, operating and commercial arrangements.
  • Smart Meter
  • A meter that records how much electricity is being consumed and communicates the results back to the utility company.

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    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Electricity Distribution market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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