Regional Differences in the Price-Elasticity of Demand for Energy

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


At the request of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the RAND Corporation examined the relationship between energy demand and energy prices with the focus on whether the relationships between demand and price differ if these are examined at different levels of data resolution. In this case, RAND compares national, regional, state, and electric utility levels of data resolution. Thisstudy is intended as a first step in helping NREL understand the impact that spatial disaggregation of data can have on estimating the impacts of their programs. This report should be useful to analysts in NREL and other national laboratories, as well as to policy nationals at the national level. It may help them understand the complex relationships between demand and price and how these mightvary across different locations in the United States.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages116
StatePublished - 2006

Bibliographical note

Work performed by RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-620-39512


  • commercial electricity
  • electric utilities
  • energy demand
  • energy prices
  • null
  • price elasticity
  • Rand Corporation
  • regions
  • residential natural gas
  • spatial disaggregation


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