In October 2010, China introduced a tiered electricity pricing (TEP) reform for the residential sector. Under such a TEP system, electricity consumers pay a low rate for an initial consumption block and a higher rate as they increase use beyond that block. Previously, households were charged a flat rate, which varied by province, regardless of how much each consumed. This GSI paper reviews and evaluates the TEP reform, examining the impacts on equity, efficiency and subsidy expenditure.
February 23, 2016
March 20, 2017