The average electric rate is 13.15 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).

The average price a residential customer in the United States pays for electricity is 13.15 cents per kWh.

What’s my current electric rate?

The price you pay for electricity depends on numerous factors including (but not limited to) your location, time of year, consumption, and market changes/disruptions.  Whether you’re in a regulated or deregulated market, your bill should clearly state the rate you pay per kWh.

Figures in the state map and tables below are displayed in cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).  This information is up-to-date and was last updated in September 2018 using data extracted from the Energy Information Agency (EIA)’s monthly reports.

States

Map of Average Electricity Rates by State

This map provides a good representation of how electricity costs in different areas of the country:


States in green have some of the lowest electric rates in the nation.  States colored in red have rates that are considered to be high (or very high in some cases), while blue states have prices that fall somewhere in the middle.

Table of Average Electricity Rates by State

Here is the average electric rate for each state.  This is the most current information available, though we are able to show current (today’s rates) for states that have deregulated energy markets.

June 2018 Electricity Prices

STATE JUNE 2018 JUNE 2017 VARIATION CHANGE (%)
Alabama 12.41¢ / kWh 12.79¢ / kWh DOWN -2.971 %
Alaska 22.54¢ / kWh 22.14¢ / kWh UP 1.806 %
Arizona 13.16¢ / kWh 12.65¢ / kWh UP 4.031 %
Arkansas 9.99¢ / kWh 10.73¢ / kWh DOWN -6.896 %
California 19.90¢ / kWh 19.39¢ / kWh UP 2.630 %
Colorado 12.28¢ / kWh 12.75¢ / kWh DOWN -3.686 %
Connecticut 21.62¢ / kWh 20.47¢ / kWh UP 5.617 %
DC 13.21¢ / kWh 13.40¢ / kWh DOWN -1.417 %
Delaware 12.05¢ / kWh 12.59¢ / kWh DOWN -4.289 %
Florida 11.37¢ / kWh 12.02¢ / kWh DOWN -5.407 %
Georgia 12.26¢ / kWh 12.53¢ / kWh DOWN -2.154 %
Hawaii 32.76¢ / kWh 30.45¢ / kWh UP 7.586 %
Idaho 10.58¢ / kWh 11.42¢ / kWh DOWN -7.355 %
Illinois 12.56¢ / kWh 12.95¢ / kWh DOWN -3.011 %
Indiana 12.02¢ / kWh 12.05¢ / kWh DOWN -0.248 %
Iowa 13.81¢ / kWh 13.92¢ / kWh DOWN -0.790 %
Kansas 11.56¢ / kWh 13.56¢ / kWh DOWN -14.74 %
Kentucky 10.56¢ / kWh 10.68¢ / kWh DOWN -1.123 %
Louisiana 9.37¢ / kWh 10.19¢ / kWh DOWN -8.047 %
Maine 16.16¢ / kWh 16.17¢ / kWh DOWN -0.061 %
Maryland 13.92¢ / kWh 14.22¢ / kWh DOWN -2.109 %
Massachusetts 21.11¢ / kWh 18.56¢ / kWh UP 13.73 %
Michigan 16.07¢ / kWh 15.86¢ / kWh UP 1.324 %
Minnesota 14.09¢ / kWh 13.96¢ / kWh UP 0.931 %
Mississippi 11.55¢ / kWh 11.40¢ / kWh UP 1.315 %
Missouri 13.23¢ / kWh 13.25¢ / kWh DOWN -0.150 %
Montana 11.85¢ / kWh 11.73¢ / kWh UP 1.023 %
Nebraska 11.31¢ / kWh 12.06¢ / kWh DOWN -6.218 %
Nevada 11.67¢ / kWh 11.64¢ / kWh UP 0.257 %
New Hampshire 19.63¢ / kWh 19.30¢ / kWh UP 1.709 %
New Jersey 15.64¢ / kWh 15.96¢ / kWh DOWN -2.005 %
New Mexico 13.37¢ / kWh 13.41¢ / kWh DOWN -0.298 %
New York 19.30¢ / kWh 18.76¢ / kWh UP 2.878 %
North Carolina 11.24¢ / kWh 11.07¢ / kWh UP 1.535 %
North Dakota 12.07¢ / kWh 12.34¢ / kWh DOWN -2.188 %
Ohio 12.64¢ / kWh 12.67¢ / kWh DOWN -0.236 %
Oklahoma 10.72¢ / kWh 10.53¢ / kWh UP 1.804 %
Oregon 11.02¢ / kWh 10.97¢ / kWh UP 0.455 %
Pennsylvania 14.38¢ / kWh 14.52¢ / kWh DOWN -0.964 %
Rhode Island 18.64¢ / kWh 16.65¢ / kWh UP 11.95 %
South Carolina 12.91¢ / kWh 13.07¢ / kWh DOWN -1.224 %
South Dakota 12.39¢ / kWh 12.57¢ / kWh DOWN -1.431 %
Tennessee 10.79¢ / kWh 10.93¢ / kWh DOWN -1.280 %
Texas 11.36¢ / kWh 11.15¢ / kWh UP 1.883 %
Utah 10.63¢ / kWh 11.48¢ / kWh DOWN -7.404 %
Vermont 18.50¢ / kWh 18.02¢ / kWh UP 2.663 %
Virginia 12.40¢ / kWh 11.91¢ / kWh UP 4.114 %
Washington 9.79¢ / kWh 9.95¢ / kWh DOWN -1.608 %
West Virginia 11.57¢ / kWh 11.69¢ / kWh DOWN -1.026 %
Wisconsin 14.28¢ / kWh 15.05¢ / kWh DOWN -5.116 %
Wyoming 12.30¢ / kWh 12.21¢ / kWh UP 0.737 %

June 2018 Electricity Prices

STATE MAY 2018 RATE MAY 2017  RATE VARIATION CHANGE (%)
Alabama 12.49¢ / kWh 12.73¢ / kWh DOWN -1.885 %
Alaska 22.16¢ / kWh 22.03¢ / kWh UP 0.590 %
Arizona 13.3¢ / kWh 13.04¢ / kWh UP 1.993 %
Arkansas 9.89¢ / kWh 10.49¢ / kWh DOWN -5.719 %
California 18.91¢ / kWh 18.29¢ / kWh UP 3.389 %
Colorado 11.96¢ / kWh 11.91¢ / kWh UP 0.419 %
Connecticut 21.54¢ / kWh 20.94¢ / kWh UP 2.865 %
DC 13.73¢ / kWh 13.54¢ / kWh UP 1.403 %
Delaware 13.74¢ / kWh 14.77¢ / kWh DOWN -6.973 %
Florida 11.54¢ / kWh 11.38¢ / kWh UP 1.405 %
Georgia 11.62¢ / kWh 11.7¢ / kWh DOWN -0.683 %
Hawaii 32.03¢ / kWh 29.07¢ / kWh UP 10.18 %
Idaho 10.55¢ / kWh 10.19¢ / kWh UP 3.532 %
Illinois 13.21¢ / kWh 13.71¢ / kWh DOWN -3.646 %
Indiana 12.3¢ / kWh 12.3¢ / kWh 0 %
Iowa 13.28¢ / kWh 13.11¢ / kWh UP 1.296 %
Kansas 12.85¢ / kWh 13.77¢ / kWh DOWN -6.681 %
Kentucky 10.66¢ / kWh 10.66¢ / kWh 0 %
Louisiana 9.53¢ / kWh 9.88¢ / kWh DOWN -3.542 %
Maine 16.27¢ / kWh 16.18¢ / kWh UP 0.556 %
Maryland 13.33¢ / kWh 14.53¢ / kWh DOWN -8.258 %
Massachusetts 21.69¢ / kWh 18.58¢ / kWh UP 16.73 %
Michigan 15.93¢ / kWh 15.85¢ / kWh UP 0.504 %
Minnesota 13.77¢ / kWh 13.37¢ / kWh UP 2.991 %
Mississippi 12.07¢ / kWh 11.68¢ / kWh UP 3.339 %
Missouri 12.45¢ / kWh 11.85¢ / kWh UP 5.063 %
Montana 11.43¢ / kWh 11.29¢ / kWh UP 1.240 %
Nebraska 11.43¢ / kWh 11.25¢ / kWh UP 1.599 %
Nevada 12.05¢ / kWh 12.15¢ / kWh DOWN -0.823 %
New Hampshire 19.76¢ / kWh 19.55¢ / kWh UP 1.074 %
New Jersey 15.87¢ / kWh 16.22¢ / kWh DOWN -2.157 %
New Mexico 12.14¢ / kWh 12.83¢ / kWh DOWN -5.378 %
New York 18.52¢ / kWh 18.49¢ / kWh UP 0.162 %
North Carolina 11.41¢ / kWh 11.27¢ / kWh UP 1.242 %
North Dakota 11.26¢ / kWh 11.4¢ / kWh DOWN -1.228 %
Ohio 12.81¢ / kWh 12.51¢ / kWh UP 2.398 %
Oklahoma 10.09¢ / kWh 10.74¢ / kWh DOWN -6.052 %
Oregon 11.2¢ / kWh 10.82¢ / kWh UP 3.512 %
Pennsylvania 14.24¢ / kWh 14.64¢ / kWh DOWN -2.732 %
Rhode Island 20.03¢ / kWh 16.89¢ / kWh UP 18.59 %
South Carolina 12.85¢ / kWh 12.99¢ / kWh DOWN -1.077 %
South Dakota 12.1¢ / kWh 12.26¢ / kWh DOWN -1.305 %
Tennessee 10.87¢ / kWh 10.74¢ / kWh UP 1.210 %
Texas 11.68¢ / kWh 11.17¢ / kWh UP 4.565 %
Utah 10.79¢ / kWh 11.09¢ / kWh DOWN -2.705 %
Vermont 18.35¢ / kWh 18.04¢ / kWh UP 1.718 %
Virginia 12.28¢ / kWh 11.88¢ / kWh UP 3.367 %
Washington 9.7¢ / kWh 9.69¢ / kWh UP 0.103 %
West Virginia 11.78¢ / kWh 12.02¢ / kWh DOWN -1.996 %
Wisconsin 15.21¢ / kWh 15.35¢ / kWh DOWN -0.912 %
Wyoming 11.99¢ / kWh 11.71¢ / kWh UP 2.391 %

Trends & Observations from State Data

From this data, we can see the state with the lowest electric rates is Louisiana.  On average, homes in Louisiana pay 9.53 cents per kWh.  Residential customers in Texas, the country’s largest deregulated market for electricity, pay a relatively low price for electricity as well of 11.68 cents per kWh.

The state that saw the great increase in prices for electricity is Rhode Island.  Rhode Island customers are paying nearly 20% more for electricity in 2018.

Electricity Prices by City and Zip Code

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