This study is provided by ICPSR. ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.

Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project: Arkansas, 1976-1977 (ICPSR 7884)

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 Arkansas demonstration project was carried out by the Federal Energy Administration (FEA), the Arkansas Public Service Commission, and Torche Ross and Company, spanning 12 months from February 1976 to January 1977. The study was originally titled the Arkansas Demand Management Study 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. The questionnaire survey data in Part 1 consists of information gathered from a post experimental survey that includes both control and experimental customers. 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

Access Notes

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Please log in so we can determine if you are with a member institution and have access to these data files.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Part 1 -- Questionnaire Survey - Download All Files (4.51 MB)
ASCII + SAS Setup    SPSS Setup   
DS2:  Part 2 -- Demographic Data - Download All Files (4.317 MB)
DS3:  Part 3 -- Utility Load Data Group - Download All Files (4.328 MB)
DS4:  Part 4 -- Weather Data Group - Download All Files (4.541 MB)
DS5:  Part 5 -- Usage Data Group - Download All Files (39.085 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Energy. ELECTRIC UTILITY RATE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT: ARKANSAS, 1976-1977. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1982. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07884.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07884.v1

Export Citation:

  • RIS (generic format for RefWorks, EndNote, etc.)
  • EndNote XML (EndNote X4.0.1 or higher)

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:    Arkansas, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1976--1977

Date of Collection:   

  • 1976-02--1977-01

Universe:    The residential customers in the Arkansas Power and Light Company (AP&L) service area who were on rate R2, a rate applied to customers within the corporate limits of towns with 51 to 4,500 customers.

Data Type(s):    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 Arkansas 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.


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 CB7884.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

Related Publications



Metadata Exports

If you're looking for collection-level metadata rather than an individual metadata record, please visit our Metadata Records page.

Download Statistics