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Electricity Supply in the UK: Market Research Report

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Electricity Supply Market Research Report | SIC D35.140 | Jul 2016

Charging up: Revenue expands as independent suppliers gain ground on the major players

The Electricity Supply 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
Centrica plc Centrica 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
ScottishPower UK plc ScottishPower UK plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Higher wholesale costs incurred by electricity retailers have led to increasing retail prices
  • Transmission charges have increased as the network has been extended to accommodate new builds
  • The roll-out of smart meters should result in the replacement of existing domestic electricity meters
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The UK Electricity Supply industry was liberalised in 1999. The market is regulated by Ofgem in Britain and by NIAUR in Northern Ireland. The industry is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 4.1% over the five years through 2016-17, taking its revenue to a total of £35.3 billion, including growth of 1.1% in the current year. The volume of electricity consumed has decreased over the period, as industrial production faltered and rising prices encouraged many households to invest in more efficient insulation in order to reduce their energy bills. Total consumption is expected to remain subdued over 2016, exacerbated by economic uncertainty arising from the EU referendum result... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

Market share concentration in the Electricity Supply industry is moderate, since the four largest operators are estimated to account for 55.4% of industry revenue. However, the industry is dominated by six operators, which account for 75.4% of industry revenue. Industry concentration has fallen quickly over the past five years after a number of prices hikes and negative media coverage have allowed independent suppliers to take market share from the Big Six. The industry could become less concentrated in the next five years if firms like First Utility, Ovo Energy, Good Energy and Ecotricity can gain more traction.

In 1990, the electricity sector of England and Wales was privatised under the Electricity Act 1989. Thr.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Electricity Supply Industry

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

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Ability to effectively manage risk
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  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total electricity consumption and Industrial production index in the Electricity Supply industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Electricity Supply Industry?

    Operators in this industry purchase electricity from generators and sell it to households and businesses.

    Industry Products
    Electricity retailing
    Industry Activities
    Selling electricity to end users

    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
  • Total electricity consumption
  • Industrial production index
  • Real household disposable income
  • Total use of renewable and waste energy sources
  • EU carbon price
  • Current Performance
  • The Big Six
  • Power switch
  • Independent firms
  • Green energy
  • Profit trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Monitoring usage
  • Renewable sources
  • Electricity trade
  • Table: Electricity Supply Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Electricity Supply Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Bread & Bakery Goods Production
  • Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing
  • Supermarkets
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Electricity Production
  • Electricity Transmission
  • Products & Services
  • Electricity retailing
  • Other
  • Chart: Electricity Supply Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Commercial premises
  • Other consumers
  • Losses
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Electricity Supply Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Network
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Electricity Supply
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Electricity Supply Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    EDF Energy Holdings Ltd
    RWE Generation UK Holdings plc
    Centrica plc
    E.ON UK plc
    SSE plc
    ScottishPower UK plc
  • Table: EDF Energy Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: RWE Generation UK Holdings plc - financial performance
  • Table: Centrica plc - financial performance
  • Table: E.ON UK plc - financial performance
  • Table: SSE plc - financial performance
  • Table: ScottishPower UK plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electricity Supply 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 Supply 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
    Dual Fuel
  • A contract where a customer purchases gas and electricity from the same supplier.
  • Niaur
  • Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation, the government regulator for the gas and electricity markets in Ireland.
  • Ofgem
  • Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, the government regulator for gas and electricity markets in Great Britain.
  • Smart Meter
  • A meter that records users' consumption and then transmits the information to the utility supplier at regular intervals.
  • Transmission Charge
  • The price that electricity retailers pay to use the transmission network.

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • 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 Supply 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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