Top 10 Electric Utilities Industry issues and strategic responses

In this study, the top ten electric utilities by revenue will be examined, to understand their strategic response to issues such as changing demand for power, alterations in market structure, climate change, and their performance. Because of the location of these companies, the study will focus on Europe, China, Japan, and South Korea.

Scope

  • Understand the ways in which the electricity industry is changing in emerging and developed economies.
  • Find out about government targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and what power companies are doing to achieve them.
  • Learn about the rise of distributed generation, and the challenges this offers to power companies.
  • Find out how market liberalization is affecting utility companies.

Reasons to buy

What are the top ten electric utility companies by annual revenue?

How much does power generation contribute to greenhouse gas emission, and what are companies doing to reduce their impact?

How advanced is liberalization in key electricity markets?

Will distributed generation pose challenges for the power companies, and if so, how are they responding?

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OVERVIEW

Catalyst

Summary

TRENDS IN THE ELECTRICITY SECTOR

Electricity consumption tends to correlate with GDP

Trends over time are more complex

Major economies have climate ...

OVERVIEW

Catalyst

Summary

TRENDS IN THE ELECTRICITY SECTOR

Electricity consumption tends to correlate with GDP

Trends over time are more complex

Major economies have climate change policies

The EU favors carbon trading

China is a major emitter, but has introduced reduction targets

South Korea is a small contributor to global emissions

Japan includes fiscal incentives in its climate change policy

Industry structure is changing

Historically, electric utilities were often monopolies

But there has been a trend towards liberalization since the late 1980s

Liberalization has proceeded to different extents in different countries.

Distributed generation is increasingly important

Electricity infrastructure needs more investment

STRATEGIES OF THE TOP TEN ELECTRIC UTILITIES

E.ON

Rising demand for power

Climate change

Liberalization

Distributed generation

Infrastructure

EDF

Rising demand for power

Climate change

Liberalization

Distributed generation

Infrastructure

Enel

Rising demand for power

Climate change

Liberalization

Distributed generation

Infrastructure

The Tokyo Electric Power Company Incorporated

Rising demand for power

Climate change

Liberalization

Distributed generation

Infrastructure

RWE

Rising demand for power

Climate change

Liberalization

Distributed generation

Infrastructure

SSE

Rising demand for power

Climate change

Liberalization

Distributed generation

Infrastructure

Korea Electric Power Corporation

Rising demand for power

Climate change

Liberalization

Distributed generation

Infrastructure

Vattenfall

Rising demand for power

Climate change

Liberalization

Distributed generation

Infrastructure

Iberdrola

Rising demand for power

Climate change

Liberalization

Distributed generation

Infrastructure

China Guodian Corporation

Rising demand for power

Climate change

Liberalization

Distributed generation

Infrastructure

HOW THE COMPANIES COMPARE

Iberdrola has strong and consistent margins

EDF is the most profitable company

Iberdrola leads on renewables

CONCLUSIONS

Demand growth rate and regulation are major differentiators

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