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Load Shifting Under Voluntary Residential Time-Of-Use Rates

  • Herriges, Joseph A.
  • Caves, Douglas W.
  • Kuester, K. A.

Time-of-use (TOU) pricing has emerged in recent years as a popular rate program, offering utilities both a more efficient pricing mechanism and a tool for load management. Initial experiments with TOU pricing were generally designed to provide evidence on customer response to mandatory TOU rates, while residential TOU rates are currently being applied on a voluntary basis. In this paper evidence is provided on customer response in Pacific Gas and Electric's voluntary TOU rate experiment. Comparing the results to those obtained in earlier mandatory experiments, volunteers are found to have a greater ability to shift usage in response to TOU rates than comparable customers on mandatory rates.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 10791.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1989
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Publication status: Published in Energy Journal 1989, vol. 10 no. 4, pp. 83-99
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:10791
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