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ITB 201

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Dr. Fei Chiang


Is time-of-use electricity pricing effective?

The intuition behind time-of-use (TOU) electricity pricing is to charge more when demand is high so that customers either reduce their peak consumption or shift some of their consumption to a different time of day.  It might seem that impact analysis of TOU pricing is simple: we just compare the average consumption before and after its introduction.  However, weather changes from year to year, affecting how much consumers use air conditioners, fans and heaters.  In this talk, I will discuss two things: 1) a methodology for isolating the impact of TOU pricing in the presence of confounding factors such as weather, and 2) an application of our methodology to a local distribution company in Ontario, showing that TOU pricing led to a 2.6-percent drop in residential demand during summer peak periods.

 Speaker Bio: Lukasz Golab is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo and a Canada Research Chair in Data Analytics for Sustainability.  He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science (with High Distinction) from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (with Alumni Gold Medal) from the University of Waterloo.  From 2006 till his return to Waterloo in 2011, he was a researcher at AT&T Labs.  Lukasz’s research focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of large-scale data management systems and developing new data-driven methodologies to solve problems in energy, sustainability and education.