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Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project: Connecticut, 1975-1976 (ICPSR 7881)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Energy


One in a series of studies on customer response to utility regulatory pricing in early 1975, the Connecticut demonstration project was carried out by the Federal Energy Administration (FEA), Connecticut Light and Power, the opinion research firm of Yankelovich, Skelly and White, and the Charles River Associates between the years 1975 and 1976. The study was originally titled the Connecticut Off-Peak Pricing Opportunity Study and the Electricity Usage Study and was an experiment to generate and analyze data on the effects of peak-load pricing on residential electric consumption. Household electric consumption data were collected for one year, and the experimental design featured a seasonally differentiated time of day rate. Five sets of data resulted from the demonstration: questionnaire survey of the customers, summary demographic information, utility load reports, weather data, and customer usage records. All five sets are available in this data collection. Parts 3-5 each contain 28 days of data, with Parts 3 and 5 including hourly data. Parts 3-5 also contain identifying information that links their data to the pertinent customer/participant's demographic data in Part 2.

Series: Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Part 1 -- Questionnaire Survey - Download All Files (31.108 MB)
ASCII + SAS Setup    SPSS Setup   
DS2:  Part 2 -- Demographic Data File - Download All Files (27.238 MB)
DS3:  Part 3 -- Utility Load Data Group - Download All Files (27.34 MB)
DS4:  Part 4 -- Weather Data Group - Download All Files (27.501 MB)
DS5:  Part 5 -- Usage Data Group - Download All Files (86.233 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Energy. ELECTRIC UTILITY RATE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT: CONNECTICUT, 1975-1976. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1981. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07881.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07881.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, demographic characteristics, econometrics, economic behavior, electric power, electric utilities, energy conservation, energy consumption, public utilities, regulation, utility rates, weather data

Geographic Coverage:    Connecticut, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1975--1976

Date of Collection:   

  • 1975-10--1976-10

Universe:    Residential customers in the Connecticut Light and Power service area.

Data Type(s):    experimental data, survey data, event/transaction data, and administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

1) The start dates that are reported in all five parts of the Connecticut demonstration are essential variables in the linkage process. These variables, used in conjunction with the utility code, weather station identification, and customer identification, enable the records of Parts 2-5 to be matched and merged or subset. When corrections of data values were made, an updated record was added to the file, but the originally reported data record was retained. In these instances where there are duplicate records for the same reporting period, the second record has the correct data values. 2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    Stratified random probability sampling.

Data Source:

(1) personal interviews, (2) telephone interviews, (3) utility usage and load records, and (4) National Weather Service records

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-11

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB7881.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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