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Price elasticities, policy measures and actual developments in household energy consumption - A bottom up analysis for the Netherlands
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ECN Policy Studies 1-3-2007
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ECN-W--06-006 Article (scientific)
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Published in: Energy Economics (Elsevier), , 2007, Vol.Volume 29, Issue 2, p.133-157.

In the Netherlands it seems likely that the large number of new policy measures in the past decade has influenced the response of households to changing prices. To investigate this issue the energy trends in the period 1990–2000 have been simulated with a bottom-up model, applied earlier for scenario studies, and extensive data from surveys. For a number of alternative price cases the elasticity values found are explained using the bottom-up changes in energy trends. One finding is that the specific set of saving options defines for a great part the price response. The price effect has been analysed too in combination with the policy measures standards, subsidies and energy taxes. The simulation results indicate that the elasticity value could be 30–40% higher without these measures.

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