Moving water: The industry will benefit from the ongoing focus on green electricity

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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Sustained economic growth will contribute to more-robust demand for electricity generation and transmission
  • Steady growth in biomass power has helped mitigate declines in revenue from hydroelectric plants
  • Energy policies enacted over the past five years will continue to benefit the industry
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Severe droughts over the past five years have led to a decrease of water inflow for the Hydroelectric Power industry, limiting its ability to generate electricity. Industry operators focused their attention on mitigating the effects of droughts by scaling back hydroelectricity operations. In turn, investment in hydroelectric infrastructure slowed and plans for upgrades to increase efficiency and output were delayed, as the need to combat droughts took center stage. In the coming years, sustained economic growth will contribute to more-robust demand for electricity generation and transmission, while investments will be used to increase the efficiency of existing facilities and properly outfit the country's nonpowered dams.

    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    Hydroelectric and renewable power generation is a capital-intensive process and the efficiency with which capital is employed has a major influence on the cost of generation. The key aspects of capital efficiency are the minimization of spare capacity and the maximization of plant availability. Generating plants have a long economic life (usually more than 30 years), and the installation of new plants involves long lead times, often several years. New generating plants tend to come on stream in large units, leading to a capacity overhang that may take years to absorb. As such, substantial capital is needed to generate electricity from hydro sources and there is often a lag while capital is deployed. Substantial labor is also needed to operate the facility. Cap

    Additional Insights for the Hydroelectric Power Industry

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

  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulator
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Optimum capacity utilization
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Average annual precipitation and Electric power consumption in the Hydroelectric Power industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Hydroelectric Power Industry?

    Companies in this industry operate facilities that use water to generate hydroelectric and renewable electricity (other than wind and solar power). Industry players also use renewable energy sources, including wood, municipal waste, landfill gas, biomass and geothermal energy to generate electricity. Data is sourced from the Energy Information Administration and the US Census Bureau and does not include government-owned facilities.

    Industry Products
    Wood biomass electricity
    Waste biomass electricity
    Geothermal electricity
    Industry Activities
    Hydroelectric power generation
    Wood- and wood waste-fueled power generation
    Biogenic municipal waste-fueled power generation
    Geothermal-fueled power generation
    Other renewable-fueled power generation
    Other nonfossil-fuel and nonnuclear power 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
  • Average annual precipitation
  • Electric power consumption
  • Price of electric power
  • Price of natural gas
  • Value of utilities construction

  • Current Performance
  • Dry spell
  • Biomass
  • Renewable energy shift
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Looming revival
  • Industry growth
  • Rainfall and electricity
  • Low oil prices and renewable energy
  • Table: Hydroelectric Power Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Electric Power Transmission
  • Manufacturing
  • Wood Pulp Mills
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Public Administration

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Engine & Turbine Manufacturing
  • Heavy Infrastructure Construction
  • Transmission Line Construction
  • Wind Turbine Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Hydroelectricity
  • Wood biomass electricity
  • Waste biomass electricity
  • Geothermal electricity
  • Chart: Hydroelectric Power Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Residential households
  • Commercial sector
  • Industrial sector
  • Exports
  • Transportation
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Hydroelectric Power Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Hydroelectric Power

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Hydroelectric Power Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    PG&E CorporationCovanta Energy
  • Table: PG&E Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Covanta Energy - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Hydroelectric Power 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 Hydroelectric Power Industry
  • 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)
  • Hydropower generation (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Black Liquor
  • The liquid residue remaining after wood pulp has been cooked for paper manufacture.
  • Electricity Utility
  • An integrated electricity generator and distributor supplying a defined area.
  • Geothermal
  • High-temperature energy from deep below the Earth's surface.
  • Gigawatt
  • A term that is shorthand for one thousand megawatts.
  • Kilowatt-Hour
  • A unit of energy measurement equal to one kilowatt expended over one hour.
  • Megawatt
  • A derived unit of power that measures the rate of energy conversion and is equal to one million watts.
  • Renewables
  • A broad term denoting any type of energy technology capable of being replenished by natural ecological cycles or sound management.
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