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electric rates by state

In trying to determine if the economics of renewable energy work for your personal situation it is a good idea to understand what you are paying for electricity in the first place.   Electric rates and the structure of electric rates vary a great deal by state and sometimes by region within a state. You should be able to tell the rate you are paying from your current utility bill though sometimes the actual bills from utility companies are anything but clear. If you have trouble figuring it out from your bill another  good source of information on rates is the Energy Information Administration which is a division of the U.S. Department of Energy.  You can find them at www.eia.doe.gov

The table below shows the costs of electricity by state and region taken for November 2009:

Average Retail Price of Electricity by State
  for 2009  
Source:   U.S. Energy Information Administration
Census Division Residential Commercial1
and State 9-Nov 9-Nov
New England 16.97 14.54
Connecticut 20.57 16.11
Maine 15.29 12.3
Massachusetts 15.89 14.44
New Hampshire 16.25 13.9
Rhode Island 15.11 13.59
Vermont 14.93 12.94
Middle Atlantic 14.47 12.69
New Jersey 15.63 13.07
New York 16.99 14.49
Pennsylvania 11.59 9.43
East North Central 10.78 8.84
Illinois 11.1 8.06
Indiana 9.15 7.9
Michigan 11.58 9.76
Ohio 10.61 9.54
Wisconsin 11.55 9.24
West North Central 8.57 6.93
Iowa 9.13 6.74
Kansas 9.56 7.79
Minnesota 9.57 7.57
Missouri 7.6 6.08
Nebraska 8.02 6.99
North Dakota 7.56 6.86
South Dakota 8.49 7.07
South Atlantic 11.31 9.64
Delaware 14.57 11.84
District of Columbia 12.66 13.18
Florida 12.43 10.81
Georgia 9.59 8.79
Maryland 14.23 11.48
North Carolina 10.16 8.01
South Carolina 10.64 9.03
Virginia 10.51 8
West Virginia 8.38 7.49
East South Central 9.21 8.8
Alabama 10.08 9.61
Kentucky 8.03 7.15
Mississippi 10.3 9.5
Tennessee 8.87 8.93
West South Central 10.83 8.72
Arkansas 9.28 7.42
Louisiana 7.52 7.28
Oklahoma 8.25 6.66
Texas 12.37 9.54
Mountain 9.78 8.45
Arizona 9.86 8.88
Colorado 10.4 8.85
Idaho 7.83 6.7
Montana 8.8 7.93
Nevada 13.72 10.64
New Mexico 9.6 8.26
Utah 8 6.48
Wyoming 8.53 7.36
Pacific Contiguous 11.88 10.88
California 14.6 12.24
Oregon 8.82 7.74
Washington 7.81 7.28
Pacific Noncontiguous 22.21 19.42
Alaska 16.73 14.27
Hawaii 26.23 23.92
U.S. Total 11.33 9.82

 

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