Electric utility construction price indexes

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Annual 2010 (revised) and first half 2011 (preliminary) (Previous release)

Construction costs for electric utility distribution systems series increased by 2.9% during the first half of 2011 compared with the 2010 annual index. Higher costs for labour (+6.2%) and construction indirects (+2.9%), which includes engineering, administration and overheads, were the major contributors to the advance in the index.

In the first half of 2011, construction costs for the transmission line system series rose 2.0%, while the transmission line component increased 3.6%, largely as a result of installation labour (+6.2%). The substation component increased by 1.0% in the first half of 2011, led by a 2.7% increase in the construction indirects component.

Compared with 2009 final data, the revised 2010 data showed increases for the distribution systems series (+2.4%) and the transmission line system series (+0.7%). The transmission line component increased by 1.7% and the substation component rose slightly (+0.1%).

Note: This release presents data that are not seasonally adjusted and the indexes published are subject to a two-year revision period after dissemination of a given year's data.

Available on CANSIM: table 327-0011.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2316.

The second quarter 2011 issue of Capital Expenditure Price Statistics (62-007-X, free) will be available in October.

The electric utility construction price indexes data for 2011 will be released on April 5, 2012.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-888-951-4550; 613-951-4550; fax: 1-855-314-8765 or 613-951-3117; ppd-info-dpp@statcan.gc.ca), Producer Prices Division.