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Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project: Arkansas, 1976-1977

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 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.
  • 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
    • DS3: Part 3 -- Utility Load Data Group
    • DS4: Part 4 -- Weather Data Group
    • DS5: Part 5 -- Usage Data Group
Temporal Coverage
  • 1976 / 1977
    Time period: 1976--1977
  • 1976-02 / 1977-01
    Collection date: 1976-02--1977-01
Geographic Coverage
  • Arkansas
  • United States
Sampled 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.
Stratified random probability sampling.
Collection Mode
  • 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.

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.
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
  • 7884 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07884.v1
  • White, S.B., Boutilier, D.T., Clayton, C.A.. Tikme-of-Use Electricity Price Effects: Arkansas. Research Triangle Park, NC: Research Triangle Institute. 1980.
  • (author unknown). Arkansas Demand Management Demonstration Project. Final Report.Arkansas Public Service Commission. 1978.
  • Holeman, O.V.. The Results of Introducing Mandatory Time-of-Day Rates for Residential and Commercial Customers--The Arkansas Power and Light Company Experiment. 1978 Rate Symposium on Problems of Regulated Industries.University of Missouri-Columbia. 1978.

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

United States Department of Energy (1984): Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project: Arkansas, 1976-1977. Archival Version. Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.