Waste not: As demand for utilities and recycled steel rises, revenue will increase

The Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation industry has performed well over the past five years to 2017. As the economy has grown, increased consumption, industrial activity and construction activity have spurred growth in national waste generation, increasing demand for industry waste disposal and treatment services. While the industry has performed well over the past five years, revenue growth has been somewhat hindered by stagnant electricity prices. In an effort to compete, industry operators have been unable to raise prices for the electricity they produce. The industry is forecast to grow at a somewhat diminished rate over the five years to 2022...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$3bn
Annual Growth 12-17
2.6%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
5,776
Businesses
77

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Revenue is expected to increase as demand for disposal services increases
  • While the industry has grown, some factors have prevented a greater industry expansion
  • As the economy grows, demand for the industry’s services is anticipated to grow
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The volume of energy recovered in a waste-to-energy (WtE) facility is related to the type of furnace employed. On average, about 500 to 600 kilowatt-hours of electricity are generated per ton of refuse. Steam is produced at an average rate of about three to four pounds per pound of solid waste. In both cases, these averages represent net energy output after internal uses to run the facility. The following segmentation is based on data from the Swedish Trade Council. Although emerging methods like gasification and pyrolysis are being explored, the technologies are still in developmental stages and not yet used at a significant scale.Mass burnMass burn is by far the most popular WtE method in the United States, accounting for 77.9% o...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Industry are

  • Vertical integration
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Securing long-term contracts
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Local and state government investment and Regulation for the Waste Treatment and Disposal Services sector in the Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Industry?

    This industry owns and operates waste-to-energy plants. Waste-to-energy (WtE) is an umbrella term for a variety of processes that are used to create energy out of waste. While the vast majority of industry establishments are waste incinerators, this industry also includes gasification plants, pyrolysis plants and other miscellaneous WtE facilities.

    Industry Products
  • Mass burn
  • Refuse-derived fuel
  • Modular
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating waste-to-energy incinerators
  • Operating gasification plants
  • Operating pyrolysis plants
  • Sell metals recovered during waste treatment process
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Local and state government investment
  • Regulation for the Waste Treatment and Disposal Services sector
  • Price of electric power
  • Population
  • Industrial production index
  • World price of steel

  • Current Performance
  • Rising waste generation
  • Constraints to further expansion
  • Profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Expansion spurs industry growth
  • Environmental concerns and new technologies
  • External threats
  • Table: Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Utilities
  • Electric Power Transmission
  • Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply
  • Manufacturing
  • Waste Collection Services
  • Public Administration

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Boiler & Heat Exchanger Manufacturing
  • Engine & Turbine Manufacturing
  • Metal Pipe & Tube Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Mass burn
  • Refuse-derived fuel
  • Modular
  • Chart: Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Utilities
  • Manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    Profit and purchasesDepreciationWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Covanta Holding Corporation, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.,
  • Table: Covanta Holding Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Waste-to-Energy Plant Operation Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Electric power consumption (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Electrostatic Precipitator
  • A device in which harmful particles are filtered out of industrial emissions and collected through the use of electric charges.
  • Gasification
  • The heating of waste (or other organic materials) in a low oxygen environment to produce synthetic gas, which can then be used to produce electricity.
  • Incineration
  • The most common type of waste-to-energy plant, in which municipal solid waste is burned to produce steam.
  • Kilowatt-Hour
  • A unit of energy measurement, equal to one kilowatt expended over one hour.
  • Pyrolysis
  • A process in which waste is heated to very high temperatures in the absence of oxygen to produce liquid fuel oil, as well as gases that can be used to produce electricity.
  • Refuse-Derived Fuel (Rdf)
  • A homogeneous fuel derived from processed waste and used as the combustible agent within a plant or as a product for sale to downstream consumers.
  • Tipping Fee
  • A fee levied on a quantity of waste deposited at a landfill or other waste disposal site. Also known as a gate fee.
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