Residential Customers and Peak Pricing: A Study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This latest Consumer Behavior Study Analysis under the Smart Grid Investment Grant, called “Experiences of Vulnerable Residential Customer Subpopulations with Critical Peak Pricing,” takes a long look at the benefits of time-based rates.

Ninety-eight percent of residential customers in the U.S. take service under flat or inclining block rates…Yet time-based rates provide an opportunity for customers and utilities alike to achieve a variety of benefits including: increased opportunity for customer bill management, lower utility power production costs, deferred future generation investments and increased utilization of existing infrastructure.


Recent broad -based deployment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) enables the opportunity for broader adoption of time-

based rates, and the benefits that result have been sizable contributors to making the investments cost effective.


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