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Study Released by The Electricity Journal on The Pay As You Save Program

The Pay As You Save program in rural Arkansas: An opportunity for rural distribution cooperative profits



This case study highlights the success of the Ouachita Electric Cooperative’s Pay As You Save program in Camden, Ark., in bringing both electricity bill savings to customers and benefits to implementing utilities, especially in rural areas. It is not specifically a low-incomeenergy assistance program, but does benefit customers with high energy burdens. Through its on-bill tariff design, PAYS overcomes many barriers, such as the split incentive challenge and the need for upfront outlays.

Jessica Lin is a Senior Fellow to the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Policy. Prior to her current role, she worked on international energy projects with the World Bank Group, primarily focusing on what role the Bank could play to commercialize clean energy technologies. She started her career in the private sector, working in finance and strategic management consulting, before leading a wireless mesh technology social enterprise startup. She received her Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and her Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.


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