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Why the Supply Side Matters for Demand-Side Management (Abstract Only)

Date Published: January 1, 2005     Document Type: Conference publication

The structure of market supply affects policies to promote energy efficiency in household appliances. If competitive markets offer the levels of energy efficiency that consumers demand, product standards inefficiently restrict choice. If suppliers price discriminate, minimum standards can restrict the inefficient use of energy intensity to segment consumers. The effects of average intensity standards, product labeling, and energy prices also differ. Good policymaking requires knowing not only how consumers value energy efficiency in their decisionmaking, but also how producers respond to those
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