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Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project: Puerto Rico, 1978-1980

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 Puerto Rico demonstration project was carried out by the Federal Energy Administration (FEA) and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority from 1977 to 1980 in the San Juan Metropolitan Area. The study was an experiment to generate and analyze data on the effects of peak-load pricing on residential electricity consumption. The experimental design featured various time of day rates. 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.
  • 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 File
    • DS4: Part 4 -- Weather Data Group
    • DS5: Part 5 -- Usage Data Group
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978 / 1980
    Time period: 1978--1980
  • 1978 / 1980
    Collection date: 1978--1980
Geographic Coverage
  • Puerto Rico
  • United States
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Residential customers of the Puerto Rico Electric Power authority in the San Juan Metropolitan Area, including both urban and rural zones.
A stratified random probability sampling.
Collection Mode
  • (1) An English translation of the post-test questionnaire survey is available. (2) The start dates that are reported in all five parts of the Puerto Rico 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 CB7888.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
  • 7888 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07888.v1
  • (author unknown). Time-of-Use Electricity Price Effects: Puerto Rico. Research Triangle Park, NC: Research Triangle Institute. .

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

United States Department of Energy (1984): Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project: Puerto Rico, 1978-1980. Archival Version. Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.