United Kingdom Power Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

United Kingdom Power Market is Segmented by Power Generation from Sources (Thermal Power, Non-hydro Renewable Power, Hydroelectric, and Nuclear Power) and Transmission and Distribution (T&D).

UK Power Market Size

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United Kingdom Power Market -  Market Summary
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Study Period 2020 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2020 - 2022
CAGR > 7.00 %
Market Concentration Medium

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UK Power Market Analysis

The UK power market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 7% during the forecast period of 2022-2027. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a sudden decline in power generation in the United Kingdom, and primary energy consumption fell by 11% in 2020 compared to 2019, with a large decline in energy supply. Factors such as increasing power generation from non-hydro renewable power sources, supportive government policies, and upcoming and ongoing power projects are expected to drive the UK power market during the forecast period. However, the high initial investment cost, long investment return period on projects, and limited natural resources are expected to hinder the growth of the UK power market during the forecast period.

The non-hydro renewable power segment is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period, owing to a year-on-year increase in non-hydro renewable power installation capacities and massive acceptance of the non-hydro renewable power energy sector for domestic needs.

With ambitious renewable energy targets (especially solar and wind) in place by 2030, huge market opportunities exist for the UK power market players in the near future.

Forthcoming and ongoing power projects are expected to drive the UK power market during the forecast period.

UK Power Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the UK Power Market according to our research experts:

Non-hydro Renewable Power Segment to Witness Significant Market Growth

The United Kingdom's non-hydro renewable power generation is majorly driven by wind, solar, and bioenergy sources, accounting for about 42% of the total electricity generation mix, increasing from 36% in 2019.

The total non-hydro renewable power generation increased by 15.1 TWh in 2020 with 13% year-on-year growth. Out of 15.1 TWh, wind energy accounted for about 11.6 TWh (comprising 2.9 TWh of onshore wind and 8.7 TWh of offshore wind energy).

According to the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2021, the total non-hydro renewable power installed capacity increased to 45.9 GW in 2020 from 45.0 GW in 2019. It is expected to witness more significant growth during the forecast period.

Furthermore, the United Kingdom aims to generate 100% electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. The goal is expected to be achieved by increasing investments and upcoming non-hydro renewable energy projects.

As of 2020, rooftop solar accounted for approximately 40% of the country's total solar PV installed capacity. Solar PV systems of sizes smaller than 4 kW are majorly deployed as rooftop systems in the residential sector, and systems of sizes between 50 kW and 5 MW are deployed as rooftop and ground-mounted systems in large housing communities, commercial, and industrial (C&I) sectors.

In March 2021, Statkraft, Europe's largest renewable energy generator, announced the development plans for three new solar farms in the United Kingdom, two in Cornwall and one in Suffolk. The solar energy farms aim to provide 125.5 MWp of solar capacity, generate nearly 127 GWh of electricity per year, and power nearly 36,000 homes.

In January 2022, SSE announced details of its first solar project that delivers 30 MW of clean energy as part of its ambitious GBP 12.5 billion investment program to power change toward net-zero. The 30 MW solar farm at Littleton Pastures is located near Evesham, Worcestershire. Once completed in late 2023, the 77-acre site would be capable of powering about 9,400 homes.

Therefore, based on the abovementioned factors, the non-hydro renewable power segment is expected to witness significant demand in the UK power market during the forecast period.

United Kingdom Power Market -  Non-Hydro Renewable Power Installed Capacity

Upcoming and Ongoing Power Projects Expected to Drive Market Demand

The United Kingdom's electricity generation landscape has continued to evolve and move away from fossil fuels to renewable sources. Renewable generation has now reached record levels and contributes a 43% share of electricity generation.

As per the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2021, the share of total electricity generation was dominated by renewable energy with 43%, followed by natural gas with 35.7%, and nuclear with 16.1% in 2020. This was due to increased power projects across the country over the years and is expected to witness the same growth rate during the forecast period.

In February 2021, the UK government auctioned new projects with large firms like BP participating. A total of six projects, representing just under 8 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, were successful in the auction. If commenced, they could provide enough electricity to power about 7 million homes.

In January 2022, the UK government announced funding to build floating offshore wind ports and factories in Scotland and Wales. Floating offshore wind projects will receive investments of more than GBP 60 million from the public and private sectors to develop new technologies.

Also, in January 2022, the UK government announced GBP 100 million (USD 134 million) funding to support the Sizewell C nuclear power project in Suffolk. The funding will be used to continue the development of the project to attract further financing from private investors and secure relevant approvals.

Therefore, based on the abovementioned factors, upcoming and ongoing power projects across the country are expected to drive the power market during the forecast period.

United Kingdom Power Market - Electricity Generation Mix

UK Power Industry Overview

The UK power market is moderately fragmented. The key players in the market include Electricite de France SA, Ecotricity Group Ltd, Engie SA, Vestas Wind Systems AS, and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, among others.

UK Power Market Leaders

  1. Electricite de France SA

  2. Vestas Wind Systems A/S

  3. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, S.A.

  4. Ecotricity Group Ltd.

  5. Engie SA

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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UK Power Market News

In March 2021, Statkraft, Europe's largest renewable energy generator, announced development plans for three new solar farms in the United Kingdom, two in Cornwall and one in Suffolk. The solar energy farms aim to provide 125.5 MWp of solar capacity, generate nearly 127 GWh of electricity per year, and power nearly 36,000 homes.

In January 2022, the UK government announced GBP 100 million (USD 134 million) funding to support the Sizewell C nuclear power project in Suffolk. The funding will be used to continue the development of the project and aim to attract further financing from private investors and secure relevant approvals.

In January 2022, SSE announced details of its first solar project that would deliver 30 MW of clean energy as part of its ambitious GBP 12.5 billion investment program to power change toward net-zero. The 30 MW solar farm at Littleton Pastures is located near Evesham, Worcestershire. Once completed in late 2023, the 77-acre site would be capable of powering about 9,400 homes.

UK Power Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions

  2. 2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  3. 3. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  4. 4. MARKET OVERVIEW

    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Installed Power Generation Capacity and Forecast in GW, till 2027

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 PESTLE Analysis

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Power Generation from Sources

      1. 5.1.1 Thermal Power

      2. 5.1.2 Non-hydro Renewable Power

      3. 5.1.3 Hydroelectric

      4. 5.1.4 Nuclear Power

    2. 5.2 Transmission and Distribution (T&D)

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Electricite de France SA

      2. 6.3.2 Ecotricity Group Ltd

      3. 6.3.3 Engie SA

      4. 6.3.4 Vestas Wind Systems AS

      5. 6.3.5 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA

      6. 6.3.6 Uniper SE

      7. 6.3.7 Lightsource bp Renewable Energy Investments Limited

      8. 6.3.8 Good Energy Group PLC

      9. 6.3.9 E.ON UK PLC

      10. 6.3.10 Renewable Energy Systems Ltd

    4. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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UK Power Industry Segmentation

The UK power market report includes:

Power Generation from Sources
Thermal Power
Non-hydro Renewable Power
Hydroelectric
Nuclear Power
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UK Power Market Research FAQs

The United Kingdom Power Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 7% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Electricite de France SA, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, S.A., Ecotricity Group Ltd. and Engie SA are the major companies operating in the United Kingdom Power Market.

The report covers the United Kingdom Power Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the United Kingdom Power Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

United Kingdom Power Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 United Kingdom Power market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. United Kingdom Power analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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United Kingdom Power Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)