How price responsive is commercial electricity demand in the US?

Raymond Li, Chi-Keung Woo

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We use monthly data for the lower 48 states in the US and 30-year period of 1991–2020 to estimate commercial electricity demand’s price responsiveness. Our key findings are: (1) the US commercial electricity demand’s statistically significant (p-value ≤ 0.05) own-price elasticity estimates are between − 0.03 and − 0.08; and (2) the size of these estimates has been slowly declining over time. Hence, price-induced conservation is unlikely effective, at least in the immediate future, to materially reduce the US commercial electricity consumption, thus justifying continuation of energy efficiency standards and demand side management programs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number107066
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalElectricity Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


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