Electricity Rates in California
Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics
Electricity Companies & Statistics in California
- Population see rank39,237,836
- Total Production see rank207,486,198 MWh / 5.29 MWh per capita
- Total Consumption see rank252,002,712 MWh / 6.42 MWh per capita
- Total Production from Renewable see rank90,334,056 MWh / 2.3 MWh per capita
- CO2 Emissions from Consumption see rank61,281,437,936 kg / 1,561.79 kg per capita
- Total Production from Non-Renewable see rank117,526,188 MWh / 3 MWh per capita
Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in California
California residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in March.
Historical Electricity Rates:
California Electricity Fuel Mix
California's Electricity Prices and Usage
Customers in California are faced with a higher residential electricity rate than many people in the United States, with an average state electric rate of 26.43 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the United States average price of 15.34 cents. California ranks as the 48th lowest priced state in the US by average electricity rate. The state features a deregulated electricity market, where citizens are able to choose from multiple electricity companies out of the over 60 providers that operate in the state. Southern California Edison is the largest electricity provider in the state based on megawatt hours sold. Customers in California experience 0.46 power outages a year with outages lasting an average of 31.17 minutes. The state is the 3rd largest electricity consuming state with consumption totaling over 252,000,000 megawatt hours. The state is ranked 4th highest in the nation in total electricity produced within its borders, with 207,486,198.35 megawatt hours produced.
Residential Electricity Providers in California
|Provider||Service Type||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Average Bill ($)||Residential Sales (MWh)||Residential Revenues ($)||State Production (MWh)|
|Southern California Edison||BUNDLED||27.27||149.8||20,151,566||5,494,655,000||6,515,163.31|
|Pacific Gas and Electric Company||BUNDLED||31.17||170.34||11,999,057||3,740,521,000||28,120,465|
|Los Angeles Department of Water & Power||BUNDLED||22.28||113.62||8,511,551||1,895,953,256||6,780,836|
|Clean Power Alliance||ENERGY||7.83||48.67||5,286,249||413,863,400|
|Sacramento Municipal Utility District||BUNDLED||16.80||116.16||4,768,829||800,943,525||3,932,763.25|
|San Diego Gas and Electric||BUNDLED||38.48||150.6||3,396,784||1,307,172,792||2,522,519.2|
|Marin Clean Energy||ENERGY||8.65||41.42||2,714,332||234,879,000|
|East Bay Community Energy||ENERGY||6.86||26.25||2,556,087||175,253,500|
|Imperial Irrigation District||BUNDLED||15.56||182.2||1,949,853||303,307,000||1,399,009|
|San Jose Clean Energy||ENERGY||7.70||31.08||1,693,606||130,459,300|
Commercial Electricity Providers in California
|Provider||Service Type||Commercial Rate (¢)||Commercial Average Bill ($)||Commercial Sales (MWh)||Commercial Revenues ($)||State Production (MWh)|
|Southern California Edison||BUNDLED||19.96||1,045.8||28,637,013||5,714,638,000||6,515,163.31|
|Los Angeles Department of Water & Power||BUNDLED||20.47||2,265.77||11,966,862||2,449,023,931||6,780,836|
|Pacific Gas and Electric Company||BUNDLED||31.69||970.67||7,357,367||2,331,268,000||28,120,465|
|Clean Power Alliance||ENERGY||7.70||404.09||4,011,726||308,820,300|
|Sacramento Municipal Utility District||BUNDLED||15.68||687.41||3,694,452||579,290,343||3,932,763.25|
|San Diego Gas and Electric||BUNDLED||30.43||930.3||2,620,236||797,237,253||2,522,519.2|
|Marin Clean Energy||ENERGY||8.10||309.72||2,602,033||210,787,800|
|East Bay Community Energy||ENERGY||6.47||255.82||2,538,607||164,166,300|
|San Jose Clean Energy||ENERGY||7.27||357.93||1,788,744||130,006,800|
|Peninsula Clean Energy||ENERGY||5.86||288.98||1,654,897||97,016,100|
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||17,539,962||8/2025|
Dynegy Moss Landing Power Plant HybridDynegy Energy Services (100.00%)
|Monterey County||Natural Gas||5,238,108||1,978,829,721.4||377.78|
Geysers Unit 5-20Calpine (100.00%)
High Desert Power PlantMRP Generation Holdings, LLC (100.00%)
Delta Energy CenterCalpine (100.00%)
Mountainview Generating StationSouthern California Edison (100.00%)
AES Huntington Beach Energy ProjectUllico Infrastructure Southland Borrower (35.00%)AES Corporation (65.00%)
|Huntington Beach||Natural Gas||3,922,341||1,425,526,408.6||363.44|
Elk Hills Power LLCElk Hills Power LLC (31.91%)California Resources Elk Hills LLC (68.09%)
|Kern County||Natural Gas||3,722,476||1,281,876,540||344.36|
Los Medanos Energy CenterCalpine (100.00%)
AES Alamitos Energy CenterAES Corporation (65.00%)Ullico Infrastructure Southland Borrower (35.00%)
|Long Beach||Natural Gas||3,480,527||1,284,257,925.86||368.98|
California generates 3 megawatt hours of electricity per person in the state from non-renewable electricity sources. They are the 47th highest state in the country for non-renewable production per capita.
During the course of the previous year, the state of California has seen a -31,125,126.81 kilogram (0.07%) decrease in CO2 emissions on account of electricity consumption.
California produces the 45th highest amount of electricity per capita from natural gas, with the fuel source accounting for 0.01 megawatt hours a year per capita.
California ranks 4th highest in hydroelectric power generation, producing 18,166,881.73 megawatt hours a year from hydroelectric facilities.
California generates 90,334,055.52 megawatt hours of electricity from renewable fuel sources. This ranks California 2nd in the country for total renewable electricity generation.
The total population of California has gone down by 0.76% over the previous 12 months.
|County||Population||Providers||Plants||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Avg. Electric Bill|
|Contra Costa County||1,161,643||11||29||31.03||$156.67/mo|
|Del Norte County||27,655||2||15.14||$136.90/mo|
|El Dorado County||190,568||15||15||29.41||$149.81/mo|
|Los Angeles County||10,019,635||21||217||26.88||$139.75/mo|
|San Benito County||63,329||11||2||29.96||$146.31/mo|
|San Bernardino County||2,171,071||18||133||26.88||$144.26/mo|
|San Diego County||3,296,317||11||83||37.03||$150.25/mo|
|San Francisco County||865,933||12||7||27.06||$155.33/mo|
|San Joaquin County||771,406||16||23||30.39||$158.89/mo|
|San Luis Obispo County||282,771||11||11||31.39||$160.14/mo|
|San Mateo County||762,488||12||7||29.29||$146.91/mo|
|Santa Barbara County||447,651||14||3||29.03||$142.70/mo|
|Santa Clara County||1,932,022||15||58||30.77||$156.32/mo|
|Santa Cruz County||272,138||11||4||29.66||$143.29/mo|
In California, Natural Gas makes up 47.01% of the fuel sources utilized for electricity generation. Solar and Conventional Hydroelectric are also important fuel sources in the state, with 18.89% and 8.76% of total electricity generation being generated from each, respectively. The state is the 5th worst ranked state when it comes to total CO2 pollution, with the state consuming enough electricity to account for 61,281,437,935.54 kilograms of CO2 emissions. More telling of the state's emissions reality is the per resident CO2 totals. Currently that amount stands at 1,561.79 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use, which results in the state ranking as the 50th highest state in the US for CO2 pollution released per capita. California has the highest amount of electricity generation plants of any state in the United States, with 1513 plants. This translates to the 22nd most plants per person in the United States.
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FAQ: Common Questions About Electricity in California
How many power plants are in California?
California is home to 1513 electricity plants producing electricity for the state.
Where does California get its electricity?
California's electricity is generated using primarily Natural Gas, which makes up 47.01% of the fuel used in the state. In addition, Solar makes up 18.89% and Conventional Hydroelectric makes up 8.76%.
What is a good electricity rate in California?
The average rate of electricity in California in 2023 is 26.43 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh).
What electricity company is the largest provider in California?
By total megawatt hours sold, Southern California Edison is the largest electricity provider in California.
Does California have a deregulated electricity market?
Yes, the state has a deregulated electricity market. This means that consumers in the state can choose from multiple electricity companies to supply their electricity.
What is the average electric bill in California?
The average electricity bill in California in 2023 is $143 while the national average is $137.
How many electric companies offer service in California?
There are 63 electricity companies offering service in California.
What electricity companies offer service in California?
|State Customers Rank||Provider||State Customers|
|1||Southern California Edison||3,811,431|
|2||Pacific Gas and Electric Company||2,121,001|
|3||Los Angeles Department of Water & Power||1,490,031|
|4||San Diego Gas and Electric||864,718|
|5||Sacramento Municipal Utility District||647,361|
|6||Imperial Irrigation District||161,150|
|7||Modesto Irrigation District||131,886|
|8||Anaheim Public Utilities||121,403|
|9||Riverside Public Utilities||111,742|
|10||Turlock Irrigation District||94,445|
What is the cheapest electricity company in California?
|Residential Rate Rank||Provider||Residential Rate (¢)||State Customers|
|1||Colorado River Indian Irr Proj||6.52||2,004|
|2||City of Industry Electricity||9.66||119|
|4||City of Vernon Utilities||11.58||1,925|
|5||Needles Electric Company||13.52||2,948|
|6||Sillicon Valley Power||13.68||58,003|
|7||Azusa Light and Power||13.81||16,900|
|8||Biggs, California Electric Utility||14.50||752|