The Sensitivity of Residential Electricity Demand in Indonesia

Stranti Nastiti Kusumaningrum


Since 2013, the residential electricity price for High VA (Volt-Ampere) households has changed due to changes in pricing policies. This paper analyzes the responsiveness of residential electricity demand to the change in electricity prices and income among two different household groups (Low VA and High VA) in 2011 and 2014. Using an electricity consumption model and the Quantile Regression method, the results show that residential electricity demand is price and income inelastic. Income elasticity is lower than price elasticity. Furthermore, the effects on price elasticity also found in the Low VA group, whose rate remained stable. At the same time, evidence proves the impact of the change in pricing policy on income elasticity remains unclear. This result implies that the government has to be more careful in regulating electricity prices for the low VA group, while maintaining economic stability.

DOI: 10.15408/sjie.v7i2.6048


sensitivity; electricity; quantile regression

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