Fossil Fuels

This segment is composed of establishments that operate fossil fuel powered electric power generation facilities.

Nuclear Power

Companies in this segment operate generation plants to provide electricity to transmission and distribution systems.

Renewable Energy

There are various types of renewable energy in this particular segment. These include wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectricity, and biomass.

The Energy industry is Concentrated. The production in this industry is dominated by a many large firms that are capable of shaping the industry’s direction and price levels.

Primary Demand Drivers

  • Commercial, government, and residential needs for electrical power (which mainly depend on economic activity and population growth)

Profitability Drivers

  • Government regulations
  • Fuel costs

From the Blog Blog RSS

The development of fracking has created a revolution in the United States oil and gas industry. Following a conference in Houston, analysts have projected the U.S. to surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's top crude exporter within the next few years. The U.S. is projected to double its gross crude oil exports to 4.2 million barrels per day by 2024. Additionally, the United States is expected to account for 70% of the total increase in global production capacity over the next 5 years. Directors for the International Energy Agency have crowned this the “Second wave of the U.S. shale revolution”. Additionally, there is a $2.5 billion project being discussed that would carry wind and solar energy from Iowa into the Chicago area. This ‘cord’ is estimated to be 349 miles long and would connect to a power grid serving 13 midwestern states.

This is the fifth post in a five-part blog series focused on the energy industry.

The future of energy is often discussed in the news.  Many publications will say that the energy market’s future rests in one form or another but the future of the energy industry whole is difficult to predict because much of the future of energy is rooted in the policies of politicians. However, the Earth is not yet close to running out of these nonrenewable fuels so while there will be a need to fully replace the use of fossil fuels in our world at some point; running out of fossil fuels is not really the most pressing need at this time. 


  1. SelectUSA (Date Accessed: 6/1/2017)