Economic growth will lift electric power consumption and boost industry revenue
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 12, 2012
The Electric Power Transmission industry stagnated over the past five years as electricity consumption declined during the recession. The federal government and state public utility commissions (PUC) responded with generous subsidies and incentives, partly mitigating the revenue lost from lowered consumption. “However,” says IBISWorld industry analyst David Yang, “federal government stimulus only offered short-term aid and most has expired since 2009.” The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that electricity consumption has declined on average 0.1% per year since 2007. Industry revenue has contracted in line with power consumption. In the five years to 2012, IBISWorld estimates that revenue has declined at an annualized rate of 0.1% to $369.2 billion.
Electricity consumption slowed during the recession as nearly all downstream customers cut back expenditures. According to Federal Reserve estimates, manufacturers increasingly idled production facilities over the past five years, resulting in lower industrial electricity consumption. According to Yang, “Furthermore, the EIA estimates that households have increasingly adopted energy-efficient appliances, causing overall household consumption to slightly decrease.” And in the commercial sector, many operations closed, dragging down demand for power. In addition, electricity price growth has also slowed as transmission infrastructure became increasingly saturated over the past five years. Market saturation often occurs because PUCs generally grant higher rate increases to utilities that invest in transmission infrastructure. The EIA expects both electricity consumption and electricity prices to fall in 2012. Consequently, IBISWorld estimates that industry revenue will decline 2.4% over the year.
Most players in the Electric Power Transmission industry operate in regional and local markets, resulting in a low level of market share concentration. In 2012, IBISWorld estimates that the four largest utilities will account for less than 15% of industry revenue. Over the past five years, while public utility commissions (PUC) have regularly granted rate increases, the overall growth of electricity prices have slowed, reducing profitability. Consequently, utilities exited the industry or consolidated. In the five years to 2012, the number of enterprises is expected to fall on average 0.6% per year. In early 2012, Exelon Corporation and Constellation Energy Group, two industry giants, merged to bring three major regional utilities under the same roof. This industry is already dominated by large regional firms. For instance, two utilities, Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison, control nearly the entire California market.
As the economy recovers, businesses and factories will resume operations, which will boost electricity consumption. Additionally, PUCs are expected to grant rate increases for renewable energy transmission investments. According to EIA projections, over the next five years, electricity consumption will increase on average 0.6% per year while electricity prices will increase on average 1.8% per year. As a result, in the five years to 2017, IBISWorld forecasts that revenue will continue to grow.
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Firms in this industry transmit and distribute electricity from power generators to distribution centers, other electric utilities and final consumers. The transmission system includes lines and transformer stations, while the distribution system consists of lines, poles, meters and wiring that deliver the electricity to final consumers. This industry does not generate electricity.
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