Electric rates for commercializing thermal storage in buildings [electronic resource].
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Dept. of Energy, 1978. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Pages: 14 : digital, PDF file
- Additional Creators:
- Argonne National Laboratory, United States. Department of Energy, and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- This paper describes the economic benefits of thermal storage in residential buildings and analyzes alternative electric-rate designs to commercialize thermal-storage technologies. Storage in three residential applications are considered: electric storage heating, storage air conditioning, and storage domestic water heating. The storage systems collect off-peak electric energy for thermal applications during peak-load hours. The economic rationale for the systems is that the marginal cost of utility-supplied energy is considerably lower during off-peak hours than during on-peak hours. The design and implementation of effective electric rates is the key to commercializing the storage technologies. Four types of rates are evaluated: time-of-use rates, demand charges, and two forms of load management contract rates (a monthly credit and an off-peak discount). The criteria used to evaluate the rates are: combined utility and customer benefits (efficiency), political acceptability, simplicity, and practical feasibility. Alternative rate types are evaluated and findings are presented for each storage application.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 01/01/1978., "conf-781235--2", Symposium on commercialization of solar and conservation technologies, Miami Beach, FL, USA, 11 Dec 1978., and Asbury, J.; Holt, L.
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