The California Public Utilities Commission, in case number 9804, instituted a generic investigation into the structure of electric utility rates in California, and invited testimony from interested parties and expert witnesses. At the invitation of a Commissioner, RAND researchers prepared a review of the econometric literature on the demand for electricity and the role of demand elasticities in the design of rate structures. This paper is an edited version of the presentation of this material in testimony on April 22, 1975 and crossexamination on May 2, 1975 before the Commission.
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