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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over the past five years, industry revenue has been fairly stagnant, growing at an annualized rate of 0.6%. In the past two years, hydroelectric power output increased strongly, which negatively affected thermal power generation. In 2016, revenue from the Thermal Power Generation industry in China was estimated at $227.5 billion, down 2.7% from 2015.

Thermal power generation accounted for about 73.7% of the country's total electricity generation in 2015, down from 83.2% in 2006 due to higher levels of output from the Hydroelectric Power industry (IBISWorld industry report 4412) and tighter energy-saving and emission-reduction regulations. The industry is expected to generate 4.19 trillion kilowatt-hours in 2016...

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Coal-fired electricity

In 2016, about 91.5% of the electricity-generation units in China are expected to be coal-fired. The share of coal-fired electricity has slightly decreased from about 98.9% in 2004. In future, coal-fired electricity-generation units are expected to increase steadily.

Oil-fired electricity

Oil-fired units generally have a smaller generating capacity of 100 megawatts to 199 megawatts. The majority of the oil-fired units have a generating capacity of 125 megawatts. The product segmentation at large power generating companies can differ slightly from the average level and may use higher levels of oil, while smaller power stations use less oil. All 10 oil-fired units use domestically manufactured equipment.


Additional Insights for the Thermal Power Generation Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Thermal Power Generation Industry are

  • Must comply with required product standards
  • Optimum capacity utilization
  • Ability to take advantage of government subsidies and other grants
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real GDP and Per Capita Disposable Income in the Thermal Power Generation industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Thermal Power Generation Industry?

    The Thermal Power Generation industry in China operates thermal power generation facilities that convert fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas, into electrical energy. The establishments in this industry then provide electricity to transmission systems or to electric power distribution systems.

    Industry Products
    Coal-fired electricity
    Oil-fired electricity
    Natural gas-fired electricity
    Industry Activities
    Coal-fired electricity generation
    Oil-fired electricity generation
    Natural gas-fired electricity generation

    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
  • Real GDP
  • Per Capita Disposable Income
  • Competition from Substitutes - Thermal Power Generation - Hydro Power Generation
  • Urban Population - % of Population in Metropolitan Areas
  • Infrastructure - Electricity Distribution Network
  • World price of steaming coal

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Thermal Power Generation Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Thermal Power Generation Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Electricity Transmission and Distribution
  • Households

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Coal Mining
  • Oil & Gas Drilling

  • Products & Services
  • Coal-fired electricity
  • Natural gas-fired electricity
  • Oil-fired electricity
  • Chart: Thermal Power Generation Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Industrial sector
  • Households
  • Service sector
  • Agricultural sector
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Thermal Power Generation Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profitability
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Wages and other costs
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Thermal Power Generation

  • Basis of Competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Thermal Power Generation Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    China Huaneng GroupChina Guodian CorporationChina Datang CorporationChina Huadian CorporationState Power Investment Corporation
  • Table: China Huaneng Group - financial performance
  • Table: China Guodian Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: China Datang Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: China Huadian Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: State Power Investment Corporation - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Thermal Power Generation 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 Thermal Power Generation Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Total Assets (2007-2021)
  • Thermal Generation (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Electricity Distribution
  • The transfer of electricity from substations to customers.
  • Electricity Transmission
  • The bulk transfer of electricity from power stations to various substations.
  • Hydroelectric Power
  • Generated by the power of flowing or falling water. A form of renewable energy.
  • Thermal Power
  • Generated by steam, which is fueled by coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear and solar energy.
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