Power outages and bill savings: A choice experiment on residential demand response acceptability in Delhi

A. Srivastava (Corresponding author), S. Van Passel, P. Valkering, E.J.W. Laes

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Abstract

This paper conducts a discrete choice experiment among 167 households in the Delhi region in India, to study the acceptability of demand response (DR) programs among upper-income households. Attributes include rate types, rate bands, reductions in power outages, and expected monthly savings. Results indicate a preference for time-of-use pricing over real-time pricing, and a preference for three rate slabs per day over two. Respondents prioritize reductions in power outages and minimizing potential expenses, reflecting the financial sensitivity and energy poverty relative to other countries. Respondents’ ages and incomes further affect the value that they attach to reductions in power outages. The paper proposes various structures of DR programs that could achieve high predicted enrollment and concludes by estimating the potential benefits of implementing such programs. Overall, the analysis indicates that a DR program could be feasible in a developing country context, particularly if it is designed keeping in mind local socio-economic considerations. This may be supported through further confirmatory research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110904
Number of pages14
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume143
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Asia
  • Demand response
  • Discrete choice experiment
  • Dynamic pricing
  • India
  • Residential electricity

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