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Electricity In California
- Total Consumption244,955,840 MWh / 6.2 MWh per capita
- CO2 Equivalent Emissions71,621,386,802 kg
- Total Production192,985,887 MWh / 4.88 MWh per capita
Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in California
California residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in July.
Historical Electric Rates:
Energy Profile of California
California's Electricity Prices and Usage
Consumers in California are faced with a higher residential electricity rate than many people in the nation, with an average state electric rate of 21.33 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the US average price of 13.33 cents. This ranks California as the 47th lowest priced state in the country by average electricity rate. With 48 electricity companies in the state, customers have many choices to choose from thanks to the deregulated electricity market that exists in the state. Previously, roughly 13,509,837.55 megawatt hours were generated in the state from wind a year. However, now that total is 14,437,241.02 megawatt hours, a 6.86% increase. The state released 71,621,386,801.76 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption, causing it to be the 5th worst polluting state in the United States when considering total CO2 emissions. California ranks as the 50th highest state in the nation for electricity use per person, with an average of 6.2 megawatt hours used each year per citizen. Edison International has 3,848,013 residential customers, which is more than all other vendors in the state .
Residential Electricity Providers in California
|Provider||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Average Bill ($)||Residential Sales (MWh)||Residential Revenues ($)||State Production (MWh)||State Emissions (KG)|
|Pacific Gas and Electric Company||24.67||145.89||14,691,455||3,623,782,000||25,493,012||14,934,455,278.9|
|Los Angeles Department of Water & Power||20.79||109.59||8,574,708||1,782,417,863||6,599,844||11,616,442,137.41|
|San Diego Gas and Electric||26.71||109.39||6,431,201||1,717,700,425||1,903,719.84||7,552,064,757.94|
|Sacramento Municipal Utility District||15.56||112.06||4,915,537||764,743,168||6,254,985.77||5,748,954,897.37|
|Imperial Irrigation District||12.68||150.36||1,940,909||246,095,000||1,153,520||1,978,054,967.34|
|Modesto Irrigation District||17.97||149.89||1,008,832||181,292,154||545,930.94||1,447,242,727.43|
|Turlock Irrigation District||15.91||142.38||841,359||133,891,000||1,631,220.06||1,400,507,171.49|
|Riverside Public Utilities||16.27||95.69||693,741||112,860,000||110,514||1,133,849,598.92|
|Anaheim Public Utilities||16.98||80.7||584,770||99,321,000||25,465||1,175,281,637.29|
Power Plants in California
|Plant||City/County||Primary Fuel Type||Production (MWh)||Emission (KG)||Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)||Toxic Chemical Release||Closing Date|
Diablo CanyonPacific Gas and Electric Company (100.00%)
|San Luis Obispo County||Nuclear||13,708,554||203,172,332.25||14.82||8/2025|
Dynegy Moss Landing Power Plant HybridDynegy Energy Services (100.00%)
|Monterey County||Natural Gas||5,062,567||1,882,153,658.56||371.78|
Geysers Unit 5-20Calpine (100.00%)
Pastoria Energy Facility, LLCCalpine (100.00%)
|Kern County||Natural Gas||4,514,266||1,693,919,700.48||375.24|
Delta Energy CenterCalpine (100.00%)
|Clay CDP||Natural Gas||3,886,414.02||1,379,242,033.15||354.89|
Elk Hills Power LLCCalifornia Resources Elk Hills LLC (69.32%)Elk Hills Power LLC (30.68%)
|Kern County||Natural Gas||3,809,838||1,343,769,703.5||352.71|
High Desert Power PlantMRP Generation Holdings, LLC (100.00%)
Los Medanos Energy CenterCalpine (100.00%)
Gateway Generating StationPacific Gas and Electric Company (100.00%)
|Contra Costa County||Natural Gas||3,116,684||1,203,157,095.42||386.04|
California generates 57.44% of its electricity from non-renewable fuels, giving it a ranking of 7th worst for total electricity generation from non-renewable fuel types.
In the state of California, the usage of renewable fuels for electricity production has fallen by 8.30% over the course of the past 12 months.
With a 0.11% decline over the past 12 months, California’s population is estimated to be 39,512,223.
With 32,644,696.49 megawatt hours produced from solar power and 39,512,223 citizens in California, the state averages 0.83 megawatt hours produced from solar per capita, which gives it a ranking of 6th in the United States.
California uses 26.93% more megawatt hours than it generates.
While a majority of states try to decrease the burning of non-renewable fuel types, California’s burning of these fuels for electricity purposes has actually risen by 4.73% within the previous 12 months.
|County||Population||Providers||Plants||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Avg. Electric Bill|
|Contra Costa County||1,153,526||3||27||24.67||$145.89/mo|
|Del Norte County||27,812||3||11.85||$105.17/mo|
|El Dorado County||192,843||7||13||23.35||$137.55/mo|
|Los Angeles County||10,039,107||3||177||19.37||$115.48/mo|
|San Benito County||62,808||2||3||24.67||$145.89/mo|
|San Bernardino County||2,180,085||4||116||13.26||$90.08/mo|
|San Diego County||3,338,330||3||66||25.76||$112.16/mo|
|San Francisco County||881,549||2||6||24.67||$145.89/mo|
|San Joaquin County||762,148||4||17||24.67||$145.89/mo|
|San Luis Obispo County||283,111||2||9||24.67||$145.89/mo|
|San Mateo County||766,573||2||3||24.67||$145.89/mo|
|Santa Barbara County||446,499||3||5||23.47||$139.40/mo|
|Santa Clara County||1,927,852||5||53||24.34||$143.44/mo|
|Santa Cruz County||273,213||2||2||24.67||$145.89/mo|
Coming in as the 5th worst ranked state in the nation, California emits 71,621,386,801.76 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption. The state averages 1,812.64 kilograms of CO2 emissions per capita, which is a better measurement of the state’s emission levels. They rank 49th highest in the nation for emissions per resident. Around 49.03% of the state of California’s electricity is generated using Natural Gas. Solar and Conventional Hydroelectric make up the next highest totals for a fuel type at 16.92% and 9.30%, respectively. California has the 1st highest amount of electricity producing plants of any state in the US, with 1285 total plants. This equates to the 21st most power plants per resident in the nation.
FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in California
Where does California get its electricity?
The main fuels used for electricity generation in California are Natural Gas, Solar and Conventional Hydroelectric, accounting for 49.03%, 16.92% and 9.30% respectively.
What power companies are in California?
|State Customers Rank||Provider||State Customers|
|2||Pacific Gas and Electric Company||2,399,643|
|3||San Diego Gas and Electric||1,461,083|
|4||Los Angeles Department of Water & Power||1,453,344|
|5||Sacramento Municipal Utility District||640,510|
|6||Imperial Irrigation District||158,477|
|7||Modesto Irrigation District||130,398|
|8||Anaheim Public Utilities||120,279|
|9||Riverside Public Utilities||110,439|
|10||Turlock Irrigation District||100,767|
Which electricity company is the largest supplier in California?
The largest electricity supplier in California by megawatt hours sold is Edison International.
How many electric companies offer service in California?
There are 48 electricity companies serving consumers in California.
What is a good electricity rate in California?
The average electric rate in California is 21.33 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Colorado River Indian Irr Proj, at 7.53 cents per kilowatt hour.
What is the average electric bill in California?
The California average electricity bill is $122 so far in 2021, while the US average is $120.
Does California have a deregulated electricity market?
California has a deregulated electricity market, meaning citizens in the state can often choose from an abundance of electricity providers for their electricity needs.
What is the cheapest electricity company in California?
|Residential Rate Rank||Provider||Residential Rate (¢)||State Customers|
|1||Colorado River Indian Irr Proj||7.53||1,947|
|2||Aha Macav Power Service||9.10||120|
|4||City of Industry Electricity||9.59||109|
|5||Surprise Valley Electric||10.10||4,416|
|6||Needles Electric Company||10.93||2,850|
|7||City of Vernon Utilities||11.75||1,918|
|9||Imperial Irrigation District||12.68||158,477|
|10||Santa Clara Utilities||13.14||56,769|
How many power plants are located within California?
There are 1285 power plants in California