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Richard Rider

CA industrial electricity rates now almost DOUBLE the national average

My nasty updated fact for the day — from my “CA vs. the Other States” fact sheet:      

NOTE:  This online version of my fact sheet is never quite up to date (hard to change with each update).  If you crave the latest dreary version of this fact sheet as a 2 page Word file, I can send it as an attachment.

CA residential electricity costs an average of 40.7% more per kWh than the national average. CA commercial rates are 66.5% higher.  For industrial use, CA electricity is an astonishing 94.4% higher than the national average (September, 2015).


The cost spread is steadily growing between CA and the national average.  Our Golden State’s radical energy policies ensure that California’s disparity with other states will continue to grow for years to come.  NOTE: My local utility, Sempra, has considerably higher rates than our CA state average.

This huge difference in electricity costs — especially for businesses — is a significant factor in manufacturing businesses avoiding (or leaving) California. It is not as big a factor for residences, due to our mild California climate.