SageBrush wrote: iPlug wrote:October 2018 data, the latest available, show that the average U.S. price – 12.87 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh)
Ranked #10 is California at 15.73 cents/kWh.
https://www.chooseenergy.com/electricit ... -by-state/
That's only 22% above the national average. Yet California’s non-CO2 emitting electric generation categories represented >56% of total in-state generation (>53% total system power mix) for the most recently reported year, 2017. So California can increase non-CO2 sources a great deal more before the direct price to customer doubles.
https://www.energy.ca.gov/almanac/elect ... power.html
Would be great if true but I'd like to be convinced that the amounts account for fixed charges and tiers. E.g., IIRC San Diego has kWh rates that reach above 40 cents at a relatively modest tier.
It sounds too good to be true when looking at a few utilities in the state. San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) is the smallest investor owned utility (IOU) and has the highest rates in California. We're not too far behind in PG&E land, another IOU.
But I have relatives who live among other municipal utilities. My parents, for example, recently moved to our neighboring city of Roseville. There they pay 9.3 cents/kwh for the first 500 kWh then 14.3 cents/kWh unlimited after that. They moved from Los Angeles a few months ago and rates were even less there with their usage: 7.3 cents/kWh for first 500 kWh, 11.3 cents/kWh for the next 1000 kWh, and maximum tier in the high season at 18.1 cents/kWh after 1500 kWh.
Yes, it remains an area of uncertainty: how the earlier website quoted deals with things like fixed power access charges. If it does or does not account for these, as long as they are similar in California as they are nationally, it should wash out.
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