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Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project: Los Angeles, 1976-1979 (ICPSR 7864) RSS

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Summary:

One in a series of studies on customer response to utility regulatory pricing in early 1975, the Los Angeles demonstration project was carried out by the Federal Energy Administration (FEA), the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water, and the Rand Corporation, spanning 30 months from the summer of 1976 to the winter of 1979. The study was originally titled the Los Angeles Energy Load Management Demonstration Project and was an experiment to generate and analyze data on the effects of peak-load pricing on residential electricity consumption. The experimental design featured a time of day peak-load pricing test as well as a seasonal pricing test. Five sets of data resulted from the demonstration: questionnaire survey data from 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
Documentation:
DS1:  Part 1 -- Questionnaire Survey - Download All Files (62.3 MB)
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DS2:  Part 2 -- Demographic Data File - Download All Files (54.3 MB)
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DS3:  Part 3 -- Utility Load Data File - Download All Files (54 MB)
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DS4:  Part 4 -- Weather Data Group - Download All Files (54.5 MB)
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DS5:  Part 5 -- Usage Data Group - Download All Files (183.5 MB) large dataset
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Study Description

Citation

U.S. Dept. of Energy. ELECTRIC UTILITY RATE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT: LOS ANGELES, 1976-1979. Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation [producer], 1979. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1981. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07864.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:   California, Los Angeles, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1976--1979

Universe:   All residential customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP).

Data Types:   experimental data, survey data, event/transaction data, and administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

The start dates that are reported in all five parts of the Los Angeles 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.

Methodology

Sample:   A stratified selective sampling frame was used, with purposive exclusions of three clusters: mobile homes, tax-free customers, and short-history customers. The first sampling wave occurred in April of 1976 and included 1,446 households. The mid-project wave took place in October of 1977 with 917 households participating. The remaining 840 households were surveyed in the final wave in February of 1979.

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.

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Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB7864.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-03-30 File CB7864.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-03-30 File CB7864.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-03-30 File CB7864.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-03-30 File CB7864.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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