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Title: Equity implications of utility energy conservation programs

Abstract

This paper uses the Residential Energy Consumption Survey undertaken by the Energy Information Administration in 1990 to estimate the statistical association between household income and participation in electric utility energy conservation programs and the association between participation and the electricity consumption. The results indicate that utility rebates, energy audits, load management programs and other conservation measures tend to be undertaken at greater frequency by high income households than by low income households. Participants in conservation programs tend to occupy relatively new and energy efficient residences and undertake conservation measures other than utility programs, which suggests that utility sponsored programs are substitutes for other conservation investments. Electricity consumption during 1990 is not significantly less for households participating in utility programs than for nonparticipants, which also implies that utility conservation programs are displacing other conservation investments. Apparently, utility programs are not avoiding costs of new construction and instead are transferring wealth, particularly to high income participating households.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab., Washington, DC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
211542
Report Number(s):
ANL/DIS/PP-82715
ON: DE96005945
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 15 Mar 1994
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING AND POLICY; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; ENERGY CONSERVATION; HOUSEHOLDS; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; CONSUMPTION RATES; HIGH INCOME GROUPS; LOW INCOME GROUPS

Citation Formats

Sutherland, R.J. Equity implications of utility energy conservation programs. United States: N. p., 1994. Web. doi:10.2172/211542.
Sutherland, R.J. Equity implications of utility energy conservation programs. United States. doi:10.2172/211542.
Sutherland, R.J. Tue . "Equity implications of utility energy conservation programs". United States. doi:10.2172/211542. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/211542.
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title = {Equity implications of utility energy conservation programs},
author = {Sutherland, R.J.},
abstractNote = {This paper uses the Residential Energy Consumption Survey undertaken by the Energy Information Administration in 1990 to estimate the statistical association between household income and participation in electric utility energy conservation programs and the association between participation and the electricity consumption. The results indicate that utility rebates, energy audits, load management programs and other conservation measures tend to be undertaken at greater frequency by high income households than by low income households. Participants in conservation programs tend to occupy relatively new and energy efficient residences and undertake conservation measures other than utility programs, which suggests that utility sponsored programs are substitutes for other conservation investments. Electricity consumption during 1990 is not significantly less for households participating in utility programs than for nonparticipants, which also implies that utility conservation programs are displacing other conservation investments. Apparently, utility programs are not avoiding costs of new construction and instead are transferring wealth, particularly to high income participating households.},
doi = {10.2172/211542},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 1994},
month = {Tue Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 1994}
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