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Electricity Rates By State (Updated September 2020) 

Electricity prices vary in each state. We have compiled years of data to find pricing trends around the country. You can see data for all 50 states below, but deregulated states are labeled in each chart/graph.

  • The Average Electricity Rate in the U.S. is 10.42 cents per kilowatt-hour.
  • Hawaii has the highest average electricity rate of 30.55 cents per kilowatt-hour.
  • Louisiana has the lowest average electricity rate of 7.01cents per kilowatt-hour.

Electric Costs By State Map

Hover over a state to see the average rate and percent change in energy pricing. 

State Electricity Rate Table

This chart shows the average kWh price for each state. Rates updated daily.

States with the Cheapest Electricity Rates

This chart shows the states with the highest average kWh price. Rates updated daily.

States with the Most Expensive Electricity Rates

This chart shows the highest with the average kWh price. Rates updated daily.

Why Do Electric Rates Vary by State? 

There are several factors that affect electricity rates in your state, some factors you have some control over, like load factor, and some you don’t like the types of energy generation in your state. 

Your best option is to understand how you can control your electricity pricing, a few small changes in your habits can make a big impact on what rates are available for you. 

  • What time of day you use energy: Energy suppliers use complicated models to forecast demand throughout the day. If you’re using more energy at a time when demand is high than you the electricity you use cost the supplier more, in turn you will have a higher rate when you renew.
  • Time of year: In Southern states, summer rates can be higher than winter rates due to higher energy demand for cooling system, vice versa for heating in cold northern states.
  • Where you live: Energy rates vary from state to state and even among utility areas in the same state, regardless of whether the state has energy choice. There is a long complicated list of reasons why, but the simple answer is supply and demand. Some areas have more generation (more supply) and less demand, so rates are lower.

Regulated vs Deregulated States

Regulated states have a lower average rate overall vs those with energy choice.

Isn't deregulation supposed to lower prices? Yes, but there are a lot of variables at work here. So don't fret - deregulation doesn't always mean a higher rate.

For example, Texas (a deregulated state) traditionally has some of the lowest rates in the country.

The Northeast has some of the highest rates in the country, before deregulation and after. These are high population density states, with high demand, and high cost of living. The lower rates in the central states (regulated) also have a smaller demand, cost of living, etc.

The most important take away from this data is simple. If you live in a state with energy choice (deregulated) you can lower your electric bill by shopping suppliers and rates to make select the plan that works for you.

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