Residential outage cost estimation: Hong Kong

Chi Keung WOO, T. HO, A. SHIU, Y. S. CHENG, I. HOROWITZ, J. WANG

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Abstract

Hong Kong has almost perfect electricity reliability, the result of substantial investments ultimately financed by electricity consumers who may be willing to accept lower reliability in exchange for lower bills. But consumers with high outage costs are likely to reject the reliability reduction. Our ordered-logit regression analysis of the responses by 1876 households to a telephone survey conducted in June 2013 indicates that Hong Kong residents exhibit a statistically-significant preference for their existing service reliability and rate. Moreover, the average residential cost estimate for a 1-h outage is US$45 (HK$350), topping the estimates reported in 10 of the 11 studies published in the last 10 years. The policy implication is that absent additional compelling evidence, Hong Kong should not reduce its service reliability. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-210
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume72
Early online dateMay 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Woo, C. K., Ho, T., Shiu, A., Cheng, Y. S., Horowitz, I., & Wang, J. (2014). Residential outage cost estimation: Hong Kong, Energy Policy, 72, 204-210. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.05.002

Keywords

  • Residential outage cost estimation
  • Electricity reliability in Hong Kong
  • Contingent valuation survey