Determinants of household electricity consumption in South Africa

Show simple item record Ye, Yuxiang Koch, Steven F. Zhang, Jiangfeng 2018-09-12T11:50:48Z 2018-09
dc.description.abstract Little is known about residential electricity demand in developing countries. In order to shed some light on this topic, this study combines data from South Africa's recent Income and Expenditure Survey with data from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to estimate the determinants of residential energy demand. Combining electricity tariff data from the regulator with expenditure survey data from households provides an opportunity to explore the determinants of the demand for electricity. Due to the large number of zeroes in the dataset, a two-part model is employed. The results indicate that household income and electricity price are major demand determinants, and for the full two-part model, electricity demand is normal, as well as downward sloping, although inelastic in both cases; as expected, substitute fuel use impacts these elasticities. We also find that access to free basic electricity, a policy designed to improve access to electricity does what is expected. It is associated with increases in the probability that households purchase electricity and reduces total expenditure on electricity. Household demand is also higher for appliance-rich households in urban areas, especially if there are more household members and they live in larger dwellings. en_ZA
dc.description.department Economics en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2019-09-01
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The Centre of New Energy Systems (CNES) and the National Hub for the Postgraduate Programme in Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management (EEDSM) at the University of Pretoria. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Ye, Y., Koch, S.F. & Zhang, J. 2018, 'Determinants of household electricity consumption in South Africa', Energy Economics, vol. 75, pp. 120-133. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0140-9883 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1873-6181 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.eneco.2018.08.005
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Notice : this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Energy Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. A definitive version was subsequently published in Energy Economics, vol. 75, pp. 120-133, 2018. doi : 10.1016/j.eneco.2018.08.005. en_ZA
dc.subject Electricity en_ZA
dc.subject Household en_ZA
dc.subject Two-part model en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Electric power utilization en_ZA
dc.subject Residential energy demand en_ZA
dc.subject Residential electricity demands en_ZA
dc.subject Household electricity consumption en_ZA
dc.subject Free basic electricities en_ZA
dc.subject Electricity prices en_ZA
dc.subject Electricity demands en_ZA
dc.subject Surveys en_ZA
dc.subject Housing en_ZA
dc.subject Energy policy en_ZA
dc.subject Developing countries en_ZA
dc.title Determinants of household electricity consumption in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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