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Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project: Connecticut, 1975-1976

Resource Type
Dataset : experimental data, survey data, event/transaction data, and administrative records data
  • United States Department of Energy
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; demographic characteristics; econometrics; economic behavior; electric power; electric utilities; energy conservation; energy consumption; public utilities; regulation; utility rates; weather data
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Methods

    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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Part 1 -- Questionnaire Survey
    • DS2: Part 2 -- Demographic Data File
    • DS3: Part 3 -- Utility Load Data Group
    • DS4: Part 4 -- Weather Data Group
    • DS5: Part 5 -- Usage Data Group
Temporal Coverage
  • 1975 / 1976
    Time period: 1975--1976
  • 1975-10 / 1976-10
    Collection date: 1975-10--1976-10
Geographic Coverage
  • Connecticut
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Residential customers in the Connecticut Light and Power service area.
Stratified random probability sampling.
Collection Mode
  • 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.

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.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7881 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07881.v1
  • Hausman, J.A., Kinnucan, M., McFadden, D.. A two-level electricity demand model: Evaluation of the Connecticut time-of-day pricing test. Journal of Econometrics.1979.
    • ID: 10.1016/0304-4076(79)90085-X (DOI)
  • Hendricks, Wallace, Koenker, Roger, Poirier, Dale. Stochastic parameter models for panel data: An application to the Connecticut peak load pricing experiment. International Economic Review.20, (3), 707-724.1979.
    • ID: (URL)
  • White, S.B., Clayton, C.A., Alexander, B.V., Duncan, D.P.. Time-of-Use Electricity Price Effects: Connecticut. Research Triangle Park, NC: Research Triangle Institute. 1979.
  • (author unknown). Connecticut Peak Load Pricing Test. Final Report.Hartford, CT: Connecticut Public Utilities Control Authority. 1977.
  • Burbank, H. Donald. The Connecticut peak load pricing experiment. Forecasting and Modeling Time-of-Day and Seasonal Electricity Demands.Palo Alto, CA: Electric Power Research Institute. 1977.
  • Hendricks, Wallace, Koenker, Roger, Poirier, Dale. Residential demand for electricity by time-of-day, an econometric approach. Forecasting and Modeling Time-of-Day and Seasonal Electricity Demands.Palo Alto, CA: Electric Power Research Institute. 1977.
  • Hieronymus, W.H., Hughes, W.R.. Rsidential load forecasting with time-of-day rates. Forecasting and Modeling Time-of-Day and Seasonal Electricity Demands.Palo Alto, CA: Electric Power Research Institute. 1977.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Energy (1984): Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project: Connecticut, 1975-1976. Archival Version. Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.