Utility Pricing as though Conservation Matters
Residential rate design can encourage and support energy efficiency efforts, shortening the payback period and increasing the likelihood of participation in energy efficiency programs. This presentation, coupled with the RAP publication Pricing Do’s and Don’ts, addresses different issues in residential rate design, including the establishment of a basic monthly service charge, determination of rate blocks, and consideration of advanced time-varying pricing. This presentation was prepared for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at Eugene, Oregon in March, 2011. The presenter was RAP Senior Advisor Jim Lazar.