Where in the US Has the Worst Electricity Bills?

Written by Carly Hallman

The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative Inc. offers the highest electricity prices in the country, according to our data review.

We’ve taken a closer look at the cost of electricity in the U.S., including electricity prices by state and by county, examining the outlandish electricity bills that Americans are paying across the country. This study has found the most and least expensive electricity rates in the country.

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Watt a Bill: Where in the U.S. Has the Worst Electricity Costs? Transcript

We took a look at the average annual bill and price (per kWh) of electricity across the country to find the places that pay the most.

State Average Price (Cents/kWh) Average Monthly Bill
Hawaii 29.50 $149.33
Alabama 12.55 $142.55
South Carolina 13.02 $140.80
Connecticut 20.29 $139.97
Maryland 13.96 $131.16
Arizona 12.44 $128.40
Alaska 21.27 $127.83
Florida 11.61 $126.44
Georgia 11.90 $126.38
Mississippi 11.08 $125.38
Virginia 11.55 $124.54
Tennessee 10.72 $123.30
Texas 11.01 $122.47
Delaware 13.35 $121.73
West Virginia 11.63 $119.30
Massachusetts 20.06 $116.86
Missouri 11.63 $115.60
Louisiana 9.74 $115.54
South Dakota 11.77 $115.06
New Hampshire 19.20 $114.95
Kansas 13.31 $114.65
Pennsylvania 14.23 $114.48
Kentucky 10.85 $114.15
Indiana 12.29 $114.04
North Carolina 10.94 $113.98
National Average 12.89 $111.67
Oklahoma 10.61 $110.27
North Dakota 10.29 $109.38
Ohio 12.63 $106.13
Rhode Island 18.32 $105.76
Arkansas 10.28 $105.64
Nebraska 10.97 $104.96
Oregon 10.66 $103.26
New York 18.03 $103.22
Iowa 12.34 $102.55
New Jersey 15.65 $102.38
Nevada 11.99 $102.29
California 18.31 $101.49
Idaho 10.04 $100.38
Washington 9.66 $98.78
Minnesota 13.04 $97.58
Michigan 15.40 $97.41
Wyoming 11.37 $97.10
District of Columbia 12.94 $96.52
Vermont 17.68 $95.02
Montana 10.95 $94.75
Wisconsin 14.35 $94.67
Illinois 12.95 $89.63
Maine 15.97 $87.21
Colorado 12.17 $82.47
Utah 10.95 $81.65
New Mexico 12.88 $79.16

The Top 20 Most Expensive Electricity Providers and the Counties They Serve

Entity State Average Price (Cents/kWh) Serviced Counties/Areas of Coverage  
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative Inc. AK 44.69 Yukon Koyukuk AK
Bethel AK
Dillingham AK
Kodiak Island AK
Nome AK
Northwest Arctic AK
Wade Hampton AK
Yakutat AK
Fishers Island Utility Co. NY 40.12 Suffolk NY
City of Unalaska AK 39.31 Aleutians East AK
Kotzebue Electric Association AK 37.88 Northwest Arctic AK
Cordova Electric Cooperative AK 37.35 Valdez Cordova AK
Block Island Power Co. RI 36.54 Washington RI
Nome Joint Utility Systems AK 35.54 Nome AK
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative HI 34.52 Kauai HI
Hawaii Electric Light Co. HI 34.20 Hawaii HI
Maui Electric Co. HI 30.89 Kalawao HI
Maui HI
Alaska Power & Telephone Co. AK 30.82 Haines AK
Prince of Wales Ketchikan AK
Skagway Hoonah Angoon AK
Yukon Koyukuk AK
Fox Islands Electric Cooperative Inc. ME 30.42 Knox ME
Bayfield Electric Cooperative WI 29.41 Gogebic MI
Ashland WI
Bayfield WI
Douglas WI
Iron WI
Sawyer WI
Vilas WI
North Shore Towers Apartments Inc. NY 28.64 Queens NY
Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc. HI 28.22 Honolulu HI
Bear Valley Electric Service CA 27.71 San Bernardino CA
Copper Valley Electric Association AK 26.35 Valdez Cordova AK
Homer Electric Association AK 26.12 Kenai Peninsula AK
Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc. NY 25.34 Bronx NY
Kings NY
New York NY
Queens NY
Richmond NY
Westchester NY
Upper Peninsula Power Company MI 24.33 Alger MI
Baraga MI
Delta MI
Dickinson MI
Houghton MI
Iron MI
Keweenaw MI
Marquette MI
Menominee MI
Ontonagon MI
Schoolcraft MI

The Top 20 Least Expensive Electricity Providers and the Counties They Serve

Douglas County PUD WA 2.99 Douglas WA
Chelan County PUD WA 3.17 Chelan WA
King WA
Kittitas WA
Okanogan WA
Village of Rouses Point NY 3.31 Clinton NY
City of Ruston LA 3.53 Lincoln LA
City of Plattsburgh NY 4.59 Clinton NY
City of Salamanca NY 4.83 Cattaraugus NY
Village of Solvay NY 5.14 Onondaga NY
Village of Fairport NY 5.19 Monroe NY
Village of Arcade NY 5.20 Cattaraugus NY
Erie NY
Wyoming NY
Lake Placid Village NY 5.22 Essex NY
Grant County PUD WA 5.41 Adams WA
Douglas WA
Grant WA
Kittitas WA
Lincoln WA
Modern Electric Water Co. WA 6.12 Spokane WA
Clatskanie People’s Utility District OR 6.19 Clatsop OR
Columbia OR
City of McMinnville OR 6.26 Yamhill OR
Lower Valley Energy Inc. ID 6.37 Bonneville ID
Caribou ID
Lincoln WY
Sublette WY
Teton WY
Town of Massena NY 6.46 St. Lawrence NY
City of Sikeston MO 6.48 New Madrid MO
Scott MO
City of Springfield OR 6.57 Lane OR
Conway Corporation AR 6.59 Faulkner AR
Northern Wasco County PUD OR 6.71 Wasco OR

Source:

https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/eia861/

2017 Average Monthly Bill – Residential

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What Is the Average Electric Bill in the U.S.?

The national average monthly electric bill in the U.S. is $111.67 per month. The average cost of electricity in the U.S. is 12.89 cents per kWh. If you’re moving and asking, “How much is the average electricity bill?” for your specific area, our overview of nationwide energy costs might help.

What State Has the Highest Electric Rates?

By scanning data on the cost of electricity by state, we can see that Hawaii is home to the most expensive electricity in the U.S., having both the largest U.S. bill and the highest electricity prices per kWh). Locals on average pay $149.33 monthly at a rate of 29.50 cents per kWh.

Top 10 States With the Highest Electricity Bills

  1. Hawaii: The average electric bill in Hawaii is $149.33 (average electricity price per kWh: 29.50 cents).
  2. Alabama: The average electric bill in Alabama is $142.55 (average electricity price per kWh: 12.55 cents).
  3. South Carolina: The average electric bill in South Carolina is $140.80 (average electricity price per kWh: 13.02 cents).
  4. Connecticut: The average electric bill in Connecticut is $139.97 (average electricity price per kWh: 20.29 cents).
  5. Maryland: The average electric bill in Maryland is $131.16 (average electricity price per kWh: 13.96 cents).
  6. Arizona: The average electric bill in Arizona is $128.40 (average electricity price per kWh: 12.44 cents).
  7. Alaska: The average electric bill in Alaska is $127.83 (average electricity price per kWh: 21.27 cents).
  8. Florida: The average electric bill in Florida is $126.44 (average electricity price per kWh: 11.61 cents).
  9. Georgia: The average electric bill in Georgia is $126.38 (average electricity price per kWh: 11.90 cents).
  10. Mississippi: The average electric bill in Mississippi is $125.38 (average electricity price per kWh: 11.08 cents).

What State Has the Cheapest Electric Rates?

The least-expensive electricity bills are in New Mexico, which has an average electric bill of only $79.16; at 12.88 cents, they have a fairly low cost of electricity per kWh. By state averages on electricity rates alone, though, Washington is the best, with an average of 9.66 cents per kWh.

Top 10 States With the Lowest Electricity Bills

  1. New Mexico: The average electric bill in New Mexico is $79.16 (average electricity price per kWh: 12.88 cents).
  2. Utah: The average electric bill in Utah is $81.65 (average electricity price per kWh: 10.95 cents).
  3. Colorado: The average electric bill in Colorado is $82.47 (average electricity price per kWh: 12.17 cents).
  4. Maine: The average electric bill in Maine is $87.21 (average electricity price per kWh: 15.97 cents).
  5. Illinois: The average electric bill in Illinois is $89.63 (average electricity price per kWh: 12.95 cents).
  6. Wisconsin: The average electric bill in Wisconsin is $94.67 (average electricity price per kWh: 14.35 cents).
  7. Montana: The average electric bill in Montana is $94.75 (average electricity price per kWh: 10.95 cents).
  8. Vermont: The average electric bill in Vermont is $95.02 (average electricity price per kWh: 17.68 cents).
  9. District of Columbia: The average electric bill in the District of Columbia is $96.52 (average electricity price per kWh: 12.94 cents).
  10. Wyoming: The average electric bill in Wyoming is $97.10 (average electricity price per kWh: 11.37 cents).

If we further break down rates from the country’s electricity providers by county, we can see how extreme some situations are in the United States, with the electricity cost per month in some places running well into the triple digits.

Where Is Electricity the Most Expensive in the U.S.?

In rural Alaska, specifically the following counties, they suffer with a rate of 44.69 cents per kWh via the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative: Yukon Koyukuk, Bethel, Kodiak Island, Nome, Northwest Arctic, Wade Hampton, and Yakutat.

Next up is the county served by Fishers Island Utility Co.: Suffolk, NY. Those in the Long Island region deal with prices of 40.12 cents per kWh.

The rest of the top five on our list of counties with the worst electric bill rates are all in Alaska: Aleutians East (39.31 cents per kWH), Northwest Arctic (37.88 cents per kWh), and Valdez Cordova (37.35 cents per kWh).

Where Is the Cheapest Electricity in the USA?

Douglas, Washington, is home to the cheapest electricity in the U.S., at a rate of 2.99 cents per kWh via its provider, the Douglas County PUD. The nearby counties of Chelan, King, Kittias, and Okanogan are also home to some of the lowest electricity rates in America, thanks to the Cheland County PUD.

Next on the list is Clinton County, New York. They might need a lot of energy for heat, but they’re paying a rate of only 3.31 cents per kWh. That makes New York home to both some of the most and least expensive rates in the country.

Take a look at our list of electricity rates by state to see if you’ve been over- or under-paying. If you’ve been struggling with high utility costs per month, use the tips in our discovery center to see where you can catch up.


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