DOE and EPRI Release Joint Report on Methods for Evaluating Consumer Responses to Time-Based Rate Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is pleased to announce the publication of a new report from the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program, which is a grid modernization activity funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The project was co-funded by DOE-OE and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the report was jointly written by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and EPRI. It provides general guidelines and protocols for measuring the effects of time-based rates, enabling technologies, and various other treatments on the levels and patterns of electricity usage by customers.  It is part of a series of reports from the SGIG program that provide information for understanding how consumers respond to time-based rate programs. All reports are posted on

Titled, “Quantifying the Impacts of Time-based Rates, Enabling Technology, and Other Treatments in Consumer Behavior Studies: Protocols and Guidelines”, the report was written for program planners and analysts and is intended to be a single-source primer on evaluation designs and methods that are available, and a description of when each is applicable.

A key objective of the report is to advance the industry’s efforts to evaluate how consumers use and value electricity under time-based rates and enabling technology.  The report focuses on the “gold standard” of evaluation design – randomized control trials.  The report presents various analysis protocols and includes suggestions for adjusting evaluation methods to account for intervening factors that often come up and may undermine the original intent of the selected method for evaluation.  

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