Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/171690
Authors: 
Boogen, Nina
Datta, Souvik
Filippini, Massimo
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Economics Working Paper Series 16/247
Abstract: 
In this paper we use panel data from a survey conducted on 30 Swiss utilities to estimate the impact of demand-side management (DSM) activities on residential electricity demand using DSM spending and an energy efficiency score. Using the variation in DSM activities within utilities and across utilities over time we identify the impact of these programs and find that their presence reduce per customer residential electricity consumption by around 5%. If we consider monetary spending, the effect of a 10% increase in DSM spending causes around a 0.14% reduction in per customer residential electricity consumption. The cost of saving a kilowatt hour is around CHF 0.04 while the average cost of producing and distributing electricity in Switzerland is around CHF 0.18 per kilowatt hour. We conclude that current DSM practices in Switzerland have a statistically significant effect on reducing the demand for residential electricity.
Subjects: 
Residential electricity
demand-side management
energy efficiency score
difference-in-differences
Switzerland
JEL: 
C33
C36
Q41
Q48
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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