Santa Cruz County, California Electricity Rates & Statistics

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Santa Cruz County, California Electricity Overview

Santa Cruz County is the 18th worst polluting county in California when considering pollution per capita. The county emits 1,386.53 kilograms per capita per year of CO2 gases.

Emitting 375,556,678.89 kilograms of CO2 gases, Santa Cruz County has the 22nd highest pollution level due to electricity use of any county in the state.

Santa Cruz County is 49th in the state out of 58 counties for renewable electricity production per capita, at 0.1 megawatt hours per person each year.

Santa Cruz County is the 48th largest producing county out of 58 counties in the state when considering megawatt hours produced using sustainable fuels.

Residents of Santa Cruz County are paying, on average, 84.74% more per kilowatt hour used at home than the national average rate, at 26.71 cents per kilowatt hour compared to 14.46 cents per kilowatt hour.

The largest electricity supplier in Santa Cruz County by megawatt hours sold is Central Coast Community Energy.

ENERGY CONSUMPTION

  • Total Consumption

    1,698,552 MWh

  • Consumption per Capita

    6.27 MWh

ENERGY PRODUCTION

  • Total Production

    58,263 MWh

  • Production from Renewable Energy

    28,005 MWh

  • Production from Non-Renewable Energy

    30,258 MWh

  • Production per Capita

    0.22 MWh

EMISSIONS

  • CO2 Emissions

    375,556,679 kg

  • CO2 Emissions per Capita

    1,386.53 kg

Santa Cruz, CA Electricity Overview

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Santa Cruz has an average residential electricity rate of 26.82 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 85.47% higher than the average nationwide price of 14.46 cents. Production from non-renewable fuel sources makes up 0.48 megawatt hours per capita in the city The city generates 30,258 megawatt hours from natural gas as the fuel source, ranking them the 59th ranked city in the state for total electricity production from natural gas out of 1617 cities.

Santa Cruz residents average 1,450.57 kilograms of CO2 emissions per citizen due to electricity use, which ranks them 55th highest in the state out of 1617 in this category. With total emissions of 91,322,368.21 kilograms, the city ranks 138th worst in the state for total emissions from electricity consumption. The city is home to 2 power producing plants, which is the 58th highest out of any city in the state. When considering electricity generation, Santa Cruz's top fuel is Natural Gas, making up 30,258 megawatt hours, or 76.18% of production in the city.

Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in April.

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.402/kWh$0.167/kWh$232.88/mo.$68.05/mo.
682nd28.42¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Santa Cruz
704th$154.95Average residential monthly electricity bill for Santa Cruz Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Santa Cruz, California

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
Central Coast Community EnergyENERGY7.5230.991,204,48890,635,000
Commercial Energy of CaliforniaENERGY
Pacific Gas and Electric CompanyBUNDLED28.42154.9512,252,0853,481,804,000
Pilot Power GroupENERGY13.236.79995131,600

Zips with electric coverage in Santa Cruz, California include: 95060, 95062, 95064, 95065

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Watsonville, CA Electricity Overview

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Watsonville has an average residential electricity rate of 27.05 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 87.04% higher than the average nationwide price of 14.46 cents. The average residential power bill for a resident in the city is $115.48 per month, while the US average is $129.86. Central Coast Community Energy has an estimated 237 residential customers, more than all other suppliers in the city.

Watsonville residents average 1,329.41 kilograms of CO2 emissions per citizen due to electricity use, which ranks them 1223rd highest in the state out of 1617 in this category. With total emissions of 69,913,628.6 kilograms, the city ranks 179th worst in the state for total emissions from electricity consumption. All of the 329,788.47 megawatt hours consumed in Watsonville must be brought in from nearby areas as there are no electricity plants within the city limits.

Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Watsonville

Watsonville residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in April.

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.402/kWh$0.167/kWh$232.88/mo.$68.05/mo.
682nd28.42¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Watsonville
704th$154.95Average residential monthly electricity bill for Watsonville Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Watsonville, California

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
Central Coast Community EnergyENERGY7.5230.991,204,48890,635,000
Commercial Energy of CaliforniaENERGY
Pacific Gas and Electric CompanyBUNDLED28.42154.9512,252,0853,481,804,000
Pilot Power GroupENERGY13.236.79995131,600

Scotts Valley, CA Electricity Overview

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Scotts Valley has an average residential electricity rate of 27.05 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 87.04% higher than the average nationwide price of 14.46 cents. The average residential power bill for a resident in the city is $115.48 per month, while the US average is $129.86. Central Coast Community Energy has an estimated 159 residential customers, more than all other suppliers in the city.

Scotts Valley residents average 1,329.41 kilograms of CO2 emissions per citizen due to electricity use, which ranks them 169th highest in the state out of 1617 in this category. With total emissions of 16,250,697.78 kilograms, the city ranks 449th worst in the state for total emissions from electricity consumption. All of the 76,655.91 megawatt hours consumed in Scotts Valley must be brought in from nearby areas as there are no electricity plants within the city limits.

Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in April.

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.402/kWh$0.167/kWh$232.88/mo.$68.05/mo.
682nd28.42¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Scotts Valley
704th$154.95Average residential monthly electricity bill for Scotts Valley Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Scotts Valley, California

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
Central Coast Community EnergyENERGY7.5230.991,204,48890,635,000
Commercial Energy of CaliforniaENERGY
Pacific Gas and Electric CompanyBUNDLED28.42154.9512,252,0853,481,804,000
Pilot Power GroupENERGY13.236.79995131,600

Zips with electric coverage in Scotts Valley, California include: 95060, 95066, 95065

Electricity Production in Santa Cruz County, California

Power Plants in Santa Cruz County, California

PlantCity/CountyStatePrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (kg)Emissions per MWhToxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Univ of Calif Santa Cruz CogenerationSanta Cruz Cogeneration Assoc (100.00%)
Santa Cruz CA Natural Gas 30,25810,338,741341.69
Ameresco Santa Cruz EnergyAMERESCO Santa Cruz Energy LLC (100.00%)
Santa Cruz County CA Landfill Gas 18,54611,775,161.87634.92
Santa Cruz EnergySanta Cruz Energy LLC (100.00%)
Santa Cruz CA Landfill Gas 9,4595,709,163.08603.57

Santa Cruz County, California Details

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Santa Cruz County residents average 1,386.53 kilograms of CO2 emissions per citizen from electricity use. With total emissions of 375,556,678.89 kilograms, the county ranks 22nd worst in California for total emissions from electricity consumption. The county has 3 power plants, which is 44th most in California. In Santa Cruz County, Natural Gas makes up 51.93% of the fuel sources utilized in electricity production.

NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
51.93%
LANDFILL GAS
Landfill Gas
Landfill Gas
Landfill Gas
Landfill Gas
Landfill Gas
48.07%

Santa Cruz County, California Net Metering

Of the 4 electricity suppliers in Santa Cruz County, only one of them report that they offer net metering crediting. Regulations put in place at the state level are great for consumers interested in installing solar or other alternative electricity generation sources.

Energy Loss

There are 3 electricity companies in Santa Cruz County that report energy loss, including Central Coast Community Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Pilot Power Group. Combined, these 3 companies average an annual energy loss of 17.93% of electricity generated. The countrywide average for energy loss is 2.76% while the state average is 11.94%, resulting in a rank of 2971st best in the United States and a state rank of 36th best out of 3221 and 58 counties, respectively.

Providers In Each City in Santa Cruz County:

  • Capitola, California:
    • Hudson Energy: 12.42%
    • Central Coast Community Energy: 13.08%
    • Commercial Energy of California: 12.42%
    • StateWise Energy: 12.42%
    • Freedom Energy: 12.42%
    • Public Power & Utility of Maryland: 12.42%
    • Pacific Gas and Electric Company: 12.42%
    • Pilot Power Group: 12.42%
  • Santa Cruz, California:
    • Hudson Energy: 12.14%
    • Public Power & Utility of Maryland: 12.14%
    • Pacific Gas and Electric Company: 12.14%
    • Pilot Power Group: 12.14%
    • Freedom Energy: 12.14%
    • Central Coast Community Energy: 15.01%
    • Commercial Energy of California: 12.14%
    • StateWise Energy: 12.14%
  • Scotts Valley, California:
    • Public Power & Utility of Maryland: 12.50%
    • Pilot Power Group: 12.50%
    • Pacific Gas and Electric Company: 12.50%
    • StateWise Energy: 12.50%
    • Commercial Energy of California: 12.50%
    • Hudson Energy: 12.50%
    • Freedom Energy: 12.50%
    • Central Coast Community Energy: 12.50%
  • Watsonville, California:
    • StateWise Energy: 12.50%
    • Commercial Energy of California: 12.50%
    • Hudson Energy: 12.50%
    • Freedom Energy: 12.50%
    • Public Power & Utility of Maryland: 12.50%
    • Pilot Power Group: 12.50%
    • Pacific Gas and Electric Company: 12.50%
    • Central Coast Community Energy: 12.50%

* City coverage generated based on government data. Always verify you can get service from the provider.

FAQ

How many power plants are located in Santa Cruz County, California?

Santa Cruz County, California is home to 3 active power plants producing electricity for the county and other surrounding areas.

What electricity company is the largest provider in Santa Cruz County, California?

By total revenue, Pacific Gas and Electric Company is the largest electricity provider in Santa Cruz County, California.

How many electric companies offer service in Santa Cruz County, California?

Santa Cruz County, California is home to 4 electricity suppliers operating in the area.

What electricity companies offer service in Santa Cruz County, California?

Last Reviewed By: Nick Reese
Published: 2022-09-19