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Electricity Transmission in the UK: Market Research Report

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Electricity Transmission Market Research Report | SIC D35.120 | Feb 2017

Slowing the charge: The industry's impressive growth is expected to slow to some extent

IBISWorld’s Electricity Transmission market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
National Grid Electricity Transmission plc National Grid Electricity Transmission plc market share
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc market share
SP Transmission plc SP Transmission plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Rising transmission charges have supported strong industry revenue growth in recent years
  • Transmission networks are interconnected, allowing for international trade and the transfer of energy
  • Large-scale investment in the transmission network will be required to deal with the shift to renewables
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Electricity Transmission industry is responsible for carrying electricity from power stations to the low-voltage distribution network, which delivers the electricity to end users. The industry is a highly regulated natural monopoly. Industry revenue is expected to reach £5.2 billion in 2016-17, an increase of 6.5% on the previous year. The industry is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 8% over the five years through 2016-17, as a result of mounting transmission costs and rising charges being levied on grid users. Higher transmission charges relate to the significant amount of capital investment into the transmission grid in order to accommodate new generation plants and to replace ageing systems... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Electricity consumption can be used as a proxy to show the proportionate locations of electricity transmission. Unsurprisingly, consumption levels are closely aligned to the spread of population, since households are the largest end users of electricity. Additionally, areas of high population density often have a larger number of commercial customers.

London and the South East

London and the South East are the regions with the highest levels of electricity consumption, as these two regions are the most populous in the United Kingdom. The South East has a higher population than London, however London has the highest level of consumption as the region has a particularly large number of commercial premises, which are generally highly energy intensive.

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Additional Insights for the Electricity Transmission Industry

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

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Effective cost controls
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from electricity and telecommunications infrastructure construction and Total electricity consumption in the Electricity Transmission industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Electricity Transmission Industry?

    This industry owns, operates and maintains a network of high-voltage wires that carry electricity over long distances. The electricity transmission system connects electricity generators to the low-voltage distribution network that carries electricity to end users.

    Industry Products
    Electricity transmission
    Industry Activities
    Transmitting electricity over a high-voltage network

    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
  • Demand from electricity and telecommunications infrastructure construction
  • Total electricity consumption
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Number of households
  • Current Performance
  • Regulated growth
  • Transmission monopoly
  • New connections
  • Ease of access
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Renewable generation
  • Regenerating the grid
  • European electricity
  • Table: Electricity Transmission Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Electricity Transmission Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Electricity Production
  • Electricity Supply
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Consultant Engineering Services
  • Electricity & Telecommunications Infrastructure Construction
  • Metal Structure Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Electricity transmission
  • Other
  • Chart: Electricity Transmission Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Commercial premises
  • Other consumers
  • Losses
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Electricity Transmission 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 Transmission
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Electricity Transmission Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    National Grid Electricity Transmission plc
    Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc
    SP Transmission plc
  • Table: National Grid Electricity Transmission plc - financial performance
  • Table: Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc - financial performance
  • Table: SP Transmission plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electricity Transmission 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 Transmission 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
  • Stands for the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation.
  • Ofgem
  • Stands for the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets.
  • Riio
  • The most recent regulatory framework, called RIIO (revenue = incentives + innovation + outputs), which became effective on 1 April 2013 and will last for eight years.

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