Electricity Prices Vary by Locality

Prices vary over time and by locality due to the availability of power plants and fuels, local fuel costs, and pricing regulation and structures.

The three States with the highest average price of electricity in 2008 were:

  • Hawaii (29.20¢ per kWh)
  • Connecticut (16.95¢ per kWh)
  • New York (16.74¢ per kWh)

Those with the lowest average prices in 2008 were:

  • West Virginia (5.59¢ per kWh)
  • Wyoming (5.68¢ per kWh)
  • Idaho (5.70¢ per kWh)

On average, electricity prices are highest in Hawaii, mainly because most of the electricity there is generated with fuel oil. Idaho usually has the lowest prices mainly because of the availability of low-cost hydroelectric power from Federal dams.

State Electricity Profiles

Click here for an interactive map to see your local electricity prices. DOE State Electricity