Electric Prices by StateWhile our core business is helping customers shop and compare electricity prices from providers in deregulated markets, we also have historical rates below for each state — both regulated and deregulated.  Do you need today’s rates for your home or business?  Click here to instantly compare rates from 20 + local providers.

Residential Electricity Rates

On average, a home in the US uses 911 kWh of electricity per month.   By taking this number and multiplying it by the cost per kWh of a given month, we can estimate the cost of residential electricity for any state.  As an example, each home in Alabama was mailed an electric bill of $110.32 (12.11 cents x 911 kWh) on average for March 2016.

STATE JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Average
Alabama 11.08 11.50 12.11 12.42 12.10 12.16 11.90
Alaska 19.44 19.84 20.06 20.72 20.91 21.30 20.38
Arizona 10.9 11.46 11.75 12.36 12.94 12.54 11.99
Arkansas 8.93 9.13 9.62 10.04 10.19 10.31 9.70
California 17.76 17.69 17.66 12.4 17.74 18.11 16.89
Colorado 10.97 11.26 11.35 11.78 11.67 12.56 11.60
Connecticut 19.86 20.68 20.84 21.15 21.63 20.96 20.85
Delaware 13.16 12.99 13.39 13.9 14.54 13.6 13.60
DC 13.04 12.78 13.24 13.48 13.71 12.85 13.18
Florida 11.6 11.34 11.24 11.07 10.86 11.08 11.20
Georgia 10.45 10.52 11.14 11.16 11.51 12.25 11.17
Hawaii 26.92 26.77 27.35 26.93 26.87 27.5 27.06
Idaho 9.55 9.66 9.8 9.87 10.14 10.12 9.86
Illinois 11.42 11.94 12.56 12.79 13.3 12.25 12.38
Indiana 10.47 10.53 11.21 11.84 11.81 11.33 11.20
Iowa 10.45 10.94 11.5 11.71 13.01 13.56 11.86
Kansas 11.91 12.57 13.17 13.45 13.79 13.3 13.03
Kentucky 9.8 9.71 10.05 10.36 10.51 10.33 10.13
Louisiana 8.54 8.47 9.14 9.17 9.28 8.96 8.93
Maine 17.66 17.83 18.8 14.34 15.93 16.03 16.77
Maryland 14.03 13.98 14.36 14.37 14.7 14.61 14.34
Massachusetts 19.34 19.78 19.84 20.64 19.06 18.51 19.53
Michigan 14.52 14.88 14.83 14.95 15.33 15.38 14.98
Minnesota 11.99 12.14 12.23 12.62 13.05 12.8 12.47
Mississippi 10.49 10.32 10.91 11.01 10.88 10.64 10.71
Missouri 9.14 9.23 10.06 10.36 11.93 12.59 10.55
Montana 10.2 10.52 10.92 11.03 11.42 11.58 10.95
Nebraska 9.43 9.83 10.31 10.65 11.05 11.9 10.53
Nevada 11.42 12.2 12.28 11.89 12.09 11.4 11.88
New Hampshire 18 18.37 18.46 18.67 18.54 18.13 18.36
New Jersey 15.45 15.48 15.58 15.52 15.4 16.05 15.58
New Mexico 11.45 11.26 11.44 11.34 11.35 12.22 11.51
New York 16.54 16.76 16.89 17.39 17.73 17.89 17.20
North Carolina 10.44 10.77 11.66 11.72 11.41 11.13 11.19
North Dakota 8.57 9.41 9.82 10.52 11.07 11.39 10.13
Ohio 12.05 12.03 12.47 12.76 13.02 12.47 12.47
Oklahoma 8.33 9.63 10.24 10.93 10.73 9.99 9.98
Oregon 10.2 10.37 10.42 10.5 10.8 10.78 10.51
Pennsylvania 13.87 14.02 14.06 14.27 14.42 14.03 14.11
Rhode Island 18.41 18.78 19.07 19.43 18.02 18.69 18.73
South Carolina 11.72 11.9 12.86 12.77 12.54 12.68 12.41
South Dakota 10.12 10.34 10.98 11.39 12.12 11.97 11.15
Tennessee 9.9 9.61 10.01 10.22 10.25 10.37 10.06
Texas 10.95 11.06 11.25 11.28 11.11 11.1 11.13
Utah 10.54 10.61 10.67 10.71 11.01 11.51 10.84
Vermont 16.62 16.89 17.11 17.52 17.79 17.57 17.25
Virginia 10.66 10.89 11.18 12 12.03 12.24 11.50
Washington 9.07 9.21 9.22 9.33 9.54 9.58 9.33
West Virginia 10.68 10.68 11 11.29 11.41 11.16 11.04
Wisconsin 13.77 14.09 14.23 14.45 14.98 14.95 14.41
Wyoming 10.44 10.59 10.85 10.99 11.53 11.81 11.04

Commercial Electricity Rates

The average US business consumes over six times more electricity than homes — roughly 6,000 kWh a month — making the average electric bill for businesses around $600.  Using Alabama as an example again, on average a company in AL paid 10.9/kWh for electricity in March — making the average commercial electric bill about $654.

Of course, this figure varies wildly though from industry to industry and business to business, much more so than with homes, due to the larger variations of scale, size, and needs of commercial buildings and operations.

STATE JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Average
Alabama 10.9 10.95 10.91 11.04 11.02 11.16 11.00
Alaska 17.6 17.64 17.66 18.35 18.39 18.63  18.05
Arizona 9.59 9.87 9.75 10.08 11.07 11.2 10.26
Arkansas 7.85 7.97 7.96 7.99 8.2 8.47 8.07
California 13.73 13.81 13.83 13.76 14.58 16.06 14.30
Colorado 8.44 8.77 8.99 9.48 9.55 10.25 9.25
Connecticut 15.34 16.14 16.11 15.72 15.86 16.01 15.86
Delaware 10.08 10.66 10.51 10.15 10.63 9.99 10.34
DC 11.64 12.43 11.58 11.88 11.66 11.58 11.80
Florida 9.58 9.64 9.2 9 8.91 8.92 9.21
Georgia 9.65 9.47 9.32 9.49 9.64 9.93 9.58
Hawaii 24.74 23.68 23.99 23.31 23.59 24.69 24.00
Idaho 7.44 7.59 7.66 7.69 7.75 8.3 7.74
Illinois 8.38 8.48 8.65 8.67 9.02 5.72 8.15
Indiana 9.23 9.41 9.59 9.75 9.57 9.56 9.52
Iowa 8.21 8.56 8.45 8.67 9.44 10.68 9.00
Kansas 9.93 10.25 10.37 10.28 10.44 10.58 10.31
Kentucky 9.09 9.31 9.39 9.45 9.4 9.47 9.35
Louisiana 8.38 8.42 8.9 8.6 8.43 8.11 8.47
Maine 12.2 12.32 12.26 11.39 12.26 11.64 12.01
Maryland 10.94 10.96 10.96 11.01 11.16 11.05 11.01
Massachusetts 15.4 15.99 15.56 15.56 14.85 15.33 15.45
Michigan 10.22 10.59 10.39 10.42 10.71 10.66 10.50
Minnesota 9.5 9.51 9.46 9.78 9.95 9.87 9.68
Mississippi 10.05 9.82 9.79 9.38 9.31 9.52 9.65
Missouri 7.83 8.13 8.13 8.22 9.35 10.66 8.72
Montana 9.51 9.87 10.24 10.27 10.44 10.5 10.14
Nebraska 8.48 8.56 8.63 8.66 8.79 9.56 8.78
Nevada 8.15 8.67 8.3 8.04 8.05 7.92 8.19
New Hampshire 14.58 14.78 14.57 14.49 14.43 14.03 14.48
New Jersey 11.87 11.84 12.07 12.02 12.42 13.4 12.27
New Mexico 9.54 9.37 9.36 8.99 9.25 10.12 9.44
New York 13.13 13.35 13.58 13.79 13.59 15.12 13.76
North Carolina 8.58 8.7 8.52 8.49 8.56 8.63 8.58
North Dakota 8.44 8.96 8.92 9.31 9.13 9.3 9.01
Ohio 9.59 9.84 9.84 9.93 10.01 9.83 9.84
Oklahoma 6.84 6.96 6.72 6.85 7.21 7.8 7.06
Oregon 8.67 8.88 8.87 8.87 8.92 8.79 8.83
Pennsylvania 9.43 9.58 9.45 9.52 9.34 9.12 9.41
Rhode Island 15.76 16.08 15.56 15.13 14.37 14.47 15.23
South Carolina 9.89 10.09 9.9 9.78 9.85 10.58 10.02
South Dakota 8.75 8.9 9.22 9.33 9.55 9.7 9.24
Tennessee 9.78 9.77 9.92 9.64 9.56 10.1 9.80
Texas 7.6 7.62 7.55 7.37 7.73 7.8 7.61
Utah 8.19 8.29 8.25 8.49 9.32 9.78 8.72
Vermont 14.21 14.3 14.39 14.49 14.82 14.58 14.47
Virginia 8.19 8.15 8.09 8.16 8.19 8.29 8.18
Washington 8.29 8.53 8.48 8.3 8.22 8.34 8.36
West Virginia 9.06 9.47 9.55 9.49 9.35 9.2 9.35
Wisconsin 10.71 10.81 10.81 10.86 11.08 11.48 10.96
Wyoming 9.12 9.14 9.39 9.42 9.77 9.76 9.43

So far in 2016, Oklahoma has the cheapest business electricity, averaging around 6.8 cents per kWh.  Outside of Alaska and Hawaii, many states in the Northeast US are vying for the title of most expensive commercial electric — states like Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York are well over 10 cents per kWh.

While it’s too early to see any trends in electricity pricing for 2016, we can refer back to rates from 2015 for where we might be heading from here.

Deregulated Markets

There are roughly 17 states with some kind of deregulated electricity market.  The size and impact of deregulation within a state varies wildly.  For example, around 85% of Texas homes and businesses are within a deregulated market, meaning they can shop, compare, and switch to an electric rate and plan offered by an REP.  On the other hand, states like West Virginia have a very limited electric choice program — very few homes and businesses benefit from it.

Here’s a map showing states with deregulated markets (both electric and gas):

deregulated-energy-markets

FAQ on Electricity Prices, Plans, and Providers

What is electricity deregulation?
The way deregulation works is simple — homes and businesses are given the option to shop around and compare electric rates and plans offered by local companies.  These companies are called Retail Electricity/Energy Providers (or REPs).  In states or areas without deregulation, you simply call your local utility company to sign up for electricity — you have no choice.

Within states or cities with deregulated markets (areas with electric choice), REPs are able to compete for your business, sometimes offering incentives, lower rates, and services that your local utility can’t or won’t offer you.  In regulated markets, there’s no need for a utility to offer you anything as you have no choice but to call them to setup your electric service.

I entered my zip code above and see a list of rates and plans.  What are these?
These are actual rates and plans offered by companies (REPs) in your area.  If you find a lower electric rate than what you’re currently paying, you should learn more about that rate and plan and consider switching to that company.  You can sign up with them on our site in under 5 minutes.

What types of rates and plans are available to me?
If a provider offers it, we make it available to you.  We offer fixed-rate plans, variable-rate plans, as well as a variety of no deposit and prepaid plans.  Our fixed-rate plans are the most popular plans customers select by far, residential or commercial.

Why can’t I see a list of rates and plans when I enter my zip?
While we’d absolutely LOVE to show (and allow you to shop!) electricity rates and plans in your area, we’re only able to do business in deregulated areas.  Many states still have a “regulated” energy market, meaning you’re not able to shop around for your electric or gas provider.  As of this writing, roughly 2/3 of states are still regulated.

Okay, I live in a regulated area.   What else can I do to save $$$?
There are a variety of ways you can cut back on your energy consumption, which is the primary way to lower your energy costs.  We’ve shared tips in this past on ways to accomplish this — Energy.gov has a great guide, as well.

When will my state become deregulated?
Unfortunately, there’s no way to know when (and if) your state and city will ever become deregulated.  Each state that’s currently deregulated became deregulated on its own timetable — Pennsylvania deregulated in 1997, Texas in 2002, etc.  Even if your state (say South Carolina, for example) does deregulate in the near future, some parts of the state may still remain regulated (as is the case with 15% of Texas).

Ultimately, and unfortunately, if you’re not currently living in a deregulated area of the country, it may be months or even years before you’re able to shop for electricity rates.