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Designing Pareto-superior demand-response rate options

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  • Horowitz, I.
  • Woo, C.K.

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We explore three voluntary service options—real-time pricing, time-of-use pricing, and curtailable/interruptible service—that a local distribution company might offer its customers in order to encourage them to alter their electricity usage in response to changes in the electricity-spot-market price. These options are simple and practical, and make minimal information demands. We show that each of the options is Pareto-superior ex ante, in that it benefits both the participants and the company offering it, while not affecting the non-participants. The options are shown to be Pareto-superior ex post as well, except under certain exceptional circumstances.

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  • Horowitz, I. & Woo, C.K., 2006. "Designing Pareto-superior demand-response rate options," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 1040-1051.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:energy:v:31:y:2006:i:6:p:1040-1051
    DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2005.02.013
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