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

SIC 4911  |  NAICS 221100

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Electric Power Generation: Coal, Natural Gas,
Hydroelectric, Nuclear, Solar, and Wind
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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 industry research 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.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides 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.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Electric Power Generation, Distribution, and Transmission  Search for "2211"
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 reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available 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.

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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