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Electric Companies & Utilities – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 4911  |  NAICS 2211

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Electric Power Generation: Coal, Natural Gas,
Hydroelectric, Nuclear, Solar, and Wind
  (view reports)
Electric Power Transmission, Control, and Distribution  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

American Public Power Association
APPA Annual Directory & Statistical Report

Annual statistical report provides comprehensive data on public power utilities, with data provided in the report including U.S. electric utility industry statistics, U.S. generating capacity and generation by type of fuel, U.S. trends in revenue per kilowatt-hour, public power data on a national and state level, and top public utilities by customers served, revenues, megawatt-hour sales, and power generation.

Edison Electric Institute
Resources available from this organization include:

Electric Perspectives
Bimonthly publication features commentary and in-depth analysis on industry trends and business issues for executive and management personnel at investor-owned electric utility companies, with topics covered in this publication including strategic planning, finance, power generation, customer service, marketing, forecasting, and regulation. Digital editions of the magazine are available online.

Industry Data
Introductory section provides a statistical overview of the electric power industry, with data provided including installed generating capacity, electricity generation by utility and non-utility plants, fuel mix by type of fuel, emission reductions, energy efficiency, number of customers, usage per customer in kilowatt-hours, revenues and assets, investment in transmission systems, and industry forecasts.

Statistical Yearbook
Comprehensive reference guide provided in-depth information on the electric power industry, with topics addressed in this guide including forecast data, installed capacity, capability and peak load, power supply, fuels used for generation, average cost of fuels, retail sales, revenues, customers, average usage and average revenue per customer, and plant operating expenses by type of plant.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution  Search for "2211" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution  Search for "2211" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Electric Power Generation, Transmission, Control, and Distribution
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

Edison Electric Institute
Financial Review

Annual report provides a comprehensive review of the financial performance and business activities of the investor-owned utilities sector, with data provided in the financial performance section of the report including consolidated income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows, dividend yields and payout ratios, and annual rate case filings and average requested and awarded return on equity.

American Public Power Association
Financial and Operating Ratios of Public Power Utilities

Annual survey provides financial and operating ratios for municipal utilities whose sales to consumers account for 50 percent or more of their total sales and who also have retail sales or sales for resale of 150,000 megawatt-hours or more, with survey data reported by customer size class based on number of customers, percentage of total power requirements generated by the utility, and geographic region.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

ERI Economic Research Institute
Utilities Salary Survey

Annual salary survey provides base salary, incentive/variable pay, and total direct compensation data for personnel employed by electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities, with job positions covered by the survey including systems engineer, plant operator, maintenance supervisor, distribution engineer, line supervisor, journeyman electrician, meter reader/installer, and customer service representative.

Western Management Group
Utilities Compensation Survey

Annual compensation survey provides base pay, bonus, variable cash compensation, and total cash compensation data for personnel employed by utilities, with compensation information broken out by ownership type (e.g., co-operative, investor owned, joint action agency, and public), annual revenue, utilities provided (e.g., power, gas, water, and other), and geographic region, state, and metro area.

American Public Power Association
Salary Survey

Annual compensation survey provides salary and hourly pay rate data for employees of local publicly owned utilities, with compensation data broken down by number of customers, annual revenue, and geographic region and job positions covered including general manager, plant superintendant, chief engineer, line superintendant, purchasing director, personnel director, and chief financial manager.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 4911 - Electric Services
  NAICS Code 2211 - Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
Types of establishments included in these codes
Electrical energy producers - establishments primarily engaged in converting other forms of energy into electricity through various methods, including burning fossil fuels, nuclear fission, and renewable energy sources (e.g., wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal).
Electrical energy transmission systems - establishments primarily engaged in transmitting electricity from electrical energy producers to distribution networks or other transmission systems on a large-scale basis over long distances via high-voltage transmission lines.
Electrical energy control systems - establishments controlling the flow of electricity within an electrical power system utilizing advanced control systems, automation technologies, and monitoring devices to ensure efficient flow, voltage regulation, and system stability.
Electrical energy distribution systems - establishments that operate distribution networks that deliver electricity from transmission systems to end-users by means of primary and secondary distribution lines, step-down transformers, and other associated equipment.
Cogeneration facilities - establishments generating electricity while simultaneously using the excess heat generated during the process for other uses, such as heating buildings, providing heat for use in industrial processes, or generating steam for steam turbines.
Independent electrical energy producers - establishments that produce and sell electricity on the wholesale market to retail electricity providers, utilities, marketers, and brokers or directly to consumers or utilities under long-term power purchase agreement contracts.
Electricity marketers - establishments acting as intermediaries in the wholesale electricity market that buy electricity, often in bulk, from electrical energy producers and resell it to electrical energy distributors, other traders or marketers, or directly to large consumers.
Electricity brokers - establishments primarily engaged in arranging the purchase and sale of electricity between producers, marketers, distributors, and consumers that negotiate contracts and manage the commercial and regulatory aspects of energy transactions.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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