Impact of Information and Communications Technologies on Residential Customer Energy Services

Publication Type

Report

Date Published

10/1996

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-39015

Abstract

This study analyzes the potential impact of information and communications technologies on utility delivery of residential customer energy services. Scores of U.S. utilities are conducting trials which test energy-related and non-energy services using advanced communications systems (e.g., hybrid fiber-coax cable or wireless radio networks). The cumulative investment by utility ratepayers and shareholders (and other equity partners) may soon approach recent funding levels for ratepayer-funded demand-side management (DSM) activities targeted at residential customers. Key drivers for these initiatives include the rapid innovation in and declining costs of information and communication technologies and utilities' desire to reduce operating costs and to provide enhanced services in order to retain and attract customers in emerging retail services markets.

Year of Publication

1996

Refereed Designation

Unknown

Institution

LBNL

City

Berkeley

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