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Electricity Production in the UK: Market Research Report

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Electricity Production Market Research Report | SIC D35.110 | Feb 2017

Renewed vigour: The shift to renewable generation has changed the composition of the industry

IBISWorld’s Electricity Production market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Centrica plc Centrica plc market share
Drax Group plc Drax Group plc market share
E.ON UK plc E.ON UK plc market share
EDF SA EDF SA market share
RWE AG RWE AG market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The shift towards renewable generation is being supported by government legislation
  • The fuel mix has changed significantly, as the industry shifts towards renewable generation
  • Approval has been granted for new nuclear power stations, which will be vital as coal is phased out
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Electricity Production industry is expected to expand at a compound annual rate of 1.6% over the five years through 2016-17. However, falling wholesale electricity prices coupled with weak demand for electricity have provided stiff resistance to growth. During the current year, industry revenue is expected to increase by 1.9% to reach £17.3 billion. IBISWorld estimates that in 2016-17, natural gas is used to generate 43.4% of total electricity produced in the United Kingdom, followed by renewables, which account for 25%, nuclear, which generates 23.2%, and coal, which accounts for the remaining 5.5%.

Electricity production represents the first phase in the process of delivering electricity to consumers, and is followed by transmission, distribution and trade... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

Currently, the Electricity Production industry in the United Kingdom is characterised by seven large vertically integrated companies, with interests in both the generation and supply of electricity, and a number of smaller independent companies, some of which are purely generation or supply companies and others that have an interest in both sectors.

In 1990, the electricity sector of England and Wales was privatised under the Electricity Act 1989, which created three generating companies and 12 regional electricity companies. The national grid and two pumped storage power stations were transferred to the National Grid Company. Power stations using fossil fuels were divided between National Power and Powergen, while nuclear power stations were transferred to Nuclear Electric. The.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Electricity Production Industry

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

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as EU carbon price and Total electricity consumption in the Electricity Production industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


    Industry ProductsRelated Reports

    What is the Electricity Production Industry?

    Firms in this industry produce electricity by burning fossil fuels such as gas and coal. They also operate nuclear power stations, hydroelectric plants and stations fuelled by renewable sources such as wind or biomass.

    Industry Products
    Gas-fired electricityCoal-fired electricityNuclear powerOffshore windOil and otherSolar and onshore windBioenergyHydro
    Industry Activities
    Generating electricity in gas-fired plantsGenerating electricity in coal-fired plantsGenerating nuclear powerGenerating hydroelectric powerGenerating electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass

    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
  • EU carbon price
  • Total electricity consumption
  • World price of natural gas
  • World price of steaming coal
  • Current Performance
  • Mixing things up
  • Carbon concerns
  • Switching to renewables
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Funding powers down
  • Renewable expansion
  • The future of nuclear
  • Interconnected
  • Table: Electricity Production Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Electricity Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Electricity Transmission
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Crude Petroleum & Natural Gas Extraction
  • Hard Coal Mining
  • Nuclear Fuel Processing
  • Products & Services
  • Gas-fired electricity
  • Nuclear power
  • Solar and onshore wind
  • Bioenergy
  • Coal-fired electricity
  • Offshore wind
  • Oil and other
  • Hydro
  • Chart: Electricity Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Commercial premises
  • Other
  • Transport industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Electricity Production Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Electricity Production
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal

  • External
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Electricity Production Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    EDF Energy Holdings Ltd
    Drax Power Limited
    RWE Generation UK Holdings plc
    SSE plc
    ScottishPower UK plc
    Centrica plc
    E.ON UK plc
  • Table: EDF Energy Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Drax Power Limited - financial performance
  • Table: RWE Generation UK Holdings plc - financial performance
  • Table: SSE plc - financial performance
  • Table: ScottishPower UK plc - financial performance
  • Table: Centrica plc - financial performance
  • Table: E.ON UK plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electricity Production 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 Production Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Carbon Capture And Storage
  • A process that extracts carbon dioxide before or after fuel is burned. It is then stored underground or under the sea.
  • Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (Ccgt)
  • Electricity generating turbines that use waste heat from the gas-firing process to produce more electricity.
  • Combined Heat And Power (Chp)
  • The use of a heat engine or power station to generate electricity and useful heat at the same time. The use of CHP stations can reduce carbon emissions by up to 30% over separate generation.
  • Photovoltaics (Pv)
  • A method of converting solar energy into electricity.
  • Steaming Coal
  • Also known as thermal coal, steaming coal is coal used for its heating value, typically in electricity generation.
  • Terawatt-Hour
  • A unit of electrical energy. One terawatt-hour is equal to a sustained power of approximately 114 megawatts for a period of one year.

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    This report on Electricity Production:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • 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 Production 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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