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Electric Utility Demand Side Management in Canada

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  • Nic Rivers
  • Mark Jaccard

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Government, utility, and private subsidies for energy efficiency play a prominent role in current efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, yet the effectiveness of this policy approach is in dispute. One opportunity for empirical analysis is provided by the past energy efficiency subsidies, called demand-side management programs, offered by electric utilities in North America over several decades. Between 1990 and 2005, most electric utilities in Canada administered such programs, with total spending of $2.9 billion (CDN$2005). This paper uses the significant inter-annual variation in demand side management spending during this period to econometrically estimate the effectiveness of these subsidies. The resulting estimates indicate that these programs have not had a substantial impact on overall electricity consumption in Canada.

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  • Nic Rivers & Mark Jaccard, 2011. "Electric Utility Demand Side Management in Canada," The Energy Journal, International Association for Energy Economics, vol. 0(Number 4), pages 93-116.
  • Handle: RePEc:aen:journl:32-4-a05
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    Cited by:

    1. Kenneth Gillingham & Karen Palmer, 2014. "Bridging the Energy Efficiency Gap: Policy Insights from Economic Theory and Empirical Evidence," Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 8(1), pages 18-38, January.
    2. Marisa Beck, Randall Wigle, 2014. "Carbon Revenue: Recycling versus Technological Incentives," LCERPA Working Papers 0079, Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis, revised 13 Jan 2014.
    3. Horowitz, Marvin J. & Bertoldi, Paolo, 2015. "A harmonized calculation model for transforming EU bottom-up energy efficiency indicators into empirical estimates of policy impacts," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 135-148.
    4. repec:eee:pubeco:v:155:y:2017:i:c:p:93-107 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Mirnezami, Seyed Reza, 2014. "Electricity inequality in Canada: Should pricing reforms eliminate subsidies to encourage efficient usage?," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 36-43.
    6. Krupa, Joel, 2012. "An indeterminate future: Assessing the need for greater US–Canada transmission integration," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 99-101.
    7. Boogen, Nina & Datta, Souvik & Filippini, Massimo, 2017. "Demand-side management by electric utilities in Switzerland: Analyzing its impact on residential electricity demand," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 402-414.
    8. repec:eee:rensus:v:82:y:2018:i:p3:p:2791-2805 is not listed on IDEAS
    9. repec:eee:rensus:v:77:y:2017:i:c:p:617-635 is not listed on IDEAS

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