Electricity Pricing and Load Management

Foreign Experience and California Opportunities

by Bridger M. Mitchell, Willard G. Manning, Jan Paul Acton

Download

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 5.4 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback124 pages $15.00 $12.00 20% Web Discount

Abstract

Examines the peak-load pricing policies and load-management experience of selected foreign utilities and the opportunities for applying their methods in California. The study's major objectives are (1) to review factors determining the costs of supplying electricity; (2) to assemble evidence of the extent to which consumers' loads are responsive to tariff provisions and the extent to which load-management measures achieve load shifting; and (3) to extrapolate observed European response to peak-load tariffs to the industrial sector of California. Using a sample of 175 California customers in 18 industrial groupings, the authors calculate that under peak-load tariffs, backed by economic incentives for off-peak consumption, energy use would be reduced by 54-76 million kwh per month during a four-hour peak period, or by 33 to 46 percent of the present statewide peak-hour industrial demand. This would result in more efficient fuel use and a savings of as much as $1.3 million per month.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.