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Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project: Rhode Island, 1977-1978 (ICPSR 7883)

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 Rhode Island demonstration project was carried out by the Federal Energy Administration (FEA) and the Blackstone Valley Electric Company from 1977 to 1978. The study was originally titled the Rhode Island Time of Use Rate Experiment and was conducted to generate and analyze data on the effects of peak-load pricing on residential electric consumption. The experimental design featured a seasonally differentiated time of day rate. Three sets of data resulted from the demonstration: questionnaire survey of the customers, summary demographic information, and customer usage records. All three sets are available in this data collection. Part 1 contains post-experimental customer survey responses. Part 5 contains hourly electricity consumption data for the 28 days of the experiment, along with identifying information that links such 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 (8.731 MB)
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DS2:  Part 2 -- Demographic Data File - Download All Files (8.401 MB)
DS5:  Part 5 -- Usage Data Group - Download All Files (10.724 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Energy. ELECTRIC UTILITY RATE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT: RHODE ISLAND, 1977-1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1982. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07883.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07883.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

Geographic Coverage:    Rhode Island, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1977--1978

Date of Collection:   

  • 1977--1978

Universe:    Residential customers of Blackstone Valley Electric Company (BVE).

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

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Neither utility load nor weather data are available from the Rhode Island demonstration. (2) The start dates that are reported in all three parts of the Rhode Island 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 and 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.


Sample:    A stratified random probability sample was drawn from three rate category strata: (1) general residential customers, (2) customers with controlled water heating, and (3) electric space heating customers.

Data Source:

(1) personal interviews, (2) telephone interviews, and (3) utility usage 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 CB7883.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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