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The Residential Demand for Electricity in the TVA Power Service Area: Appliance Consumption from 1979 to 1986

This paper compares appliance-specific electricity consumption at five points in time from 1979 to 1986. One of the major findings is that residential customers have reduced space heating electricity consumption substantially while space cooling consumption has remained relatively stable. Appliance-specific estimates of electricity consumption for seven other appliances are also provided. Impacts of six major factors affecting appliance electricity consumption (price, income, age, weather, living quarters' size, and the number of people) are estimated.

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Energy Specializations: Electricity – Markets and Prices

JEL Codes: Q41: Energy: Demand and Supply; Prices, Q40: Energy: General, Q54: Climate; Natural Disasters and Their Management; Global Warming, C51: Model Construction and Estimation, Q28: Renewable Resources and Conservation: Government Policy

Keywords: TVA power service area, Residential electricity demand, Appliances, Space heating and cooling

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol9-No1-7

Published in Volume 9, Number 1 of the bi-monthly journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.


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