Santa Cruz County, California Electric Profile

When calculating by customer count, Pacific Gas and Electric Company is the largest electricity provider in Santa Cruz County.

The use of non-renewable fuel types in electricity generation in Santa Cruz County has declined by 2.48% in the last year.

Santa Cruz County emits 1,524.9 kilograms per capita of CO2 equivalent gases, compared to the California average of 1,675.55.

Residents in Santa Cruz County use roughly 2883.64% of the electricity that the county generates.

Santa Cruz County produces 31,245 megawatt hours from natural gas, which is enough to rank them 646th out of 3220 counties in the country for total natural gas generation.

Renewable electricity fuels account for 47.05%, or 27,766 megawatt hours, of Santa Cruz County’s total energy production, giving the county a ranking of 1204th in the nation for total megawatt hours from renewable fuel sources.

ENERGY CONSUMPTION

  • Total Consumption

    1,701,663 MWh

  • Consumption per Capita

    6.23 MWh

ENERGY PRODUCTION

  • Total Production

    59,011 MWh

  • Production from Renewable Energy

    27,766 MWh

  • Production from Non-Renewable Energy

    31,245 MWh

  • Production per Capita

    0.22 MWh

EMISSIONS

  • CO2 Emissions

    416,621,828 kg

  • CO2 Emissions per Capita

    1,524.9 kg

Santa Cruz, CA Electric Overview

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Santa Cruz has an average residential electricity rate of 25.15 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 15.05% above the average California price of 21.86 cents and 86.99% more than the national average of 13.45. Natural gas is one of the major fuel types used in the country, and Santa Cruz is in on the action. They produce 31,245 megawatt hours from the use of natural gas as the fuel source. Non-renewable fuel types are often used in electricity generation in the city, resulting in around 0.48 megawatt hours being generated from these fuels per resident each year.

Santa Cruz's main fuel type consumed for electricity production is Natural Gas. They generate 31,245 megawatt hours from this fuel source. The city residents average 1,580.95 kilograms of CO2 emissions per resident from electricity use, which ranks them 71st worst in the state out of 1522 in this category. This adds up to total emissions of 102,006,041.57 kilograms of CO2 emissions, ranking the city 135th highest for total emissions in California. Santa Cruz is home to 2 electricity generation plants, which is 77th most in California and 167th highest when counting plants per citizen.

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Santa Cruz

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

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.313/kWh$0.167/kWh$216.86/mo.$68.05/mo.
665th25.15¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Santa Cruz
686th$150.98Average residential monthly electricity bill for Santa Cruz Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Santa Cruz, California

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
Pacific Gas and Electric CompanyBUNDLED25.15150.9814,550,5163,659,675,000

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

Watsonville, CA Electric Overview

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Watsonville's average residential electricity price per kilowatt hour is 25.15 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 15.05% more than California's average price of 21.86 cents and 86.99% more than the US average of 13.45 cents. Consumers in the city have an average monthly residential electric bill of $150.98. This is 20.14% above the California average bill of $125.67. Pacific Gas and Electric Company is the largest electricity provider in the city based on total residential customers.

Electricity use in Watsonville results in the release of 79,167,784.34 kilograms of CO2 emissions each year, which is the 178th highest in California out of 1522 cities. More telling of the city’s pollution reality, is the per resident CO2 emission amount. That amount stands at 1,471.52 kilograms of CO2 emissions, which results in them being the 422nd highest polluting city in California for CO2 emissions per capita. There are zero electricity generation plants in The city.

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Watsonville

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

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.313/kWh$0.167/kWh$216.86/mo.$68.05/mo.
665th25.15¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Watsonville
686th$150.98Average residential monthly electricity bill for Watsonville Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Watsonville, California

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
Pacific Gas and Electric CompanyBUNDLED25.15150.9814,550,5163,659,675,000

Scotts Valley, CA Electric Overview

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Scotts Valley's average residential electricity price per kilowatt hour is 25.15 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 15.05% more than California's average price of 21.86 cents and 86.99% more than the US average of 13.45 cents. Consumers in the city have an average monthly residential electric bill of $150.98. This is 20.14% above the California average bill of $125.67. Pacific Gas and Electric Company is the largest electricity provider in the city based on total residential customers.

Electricity use in Scotts Valley results in the release of 17,456,643.6 kilograms of CO2 emissions each year, which is the 452nd highest in California out of 1522 cities. More telling of the city’s pollution reality, is the per resident CO2 emission amount. That amount stands at 1,471.52 kilograms of CO2 emissions, which results in them being the 422nd highest polluting city in California for CO2 emissions per capita. There are zero electricity generation plants in The city.

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Scotts Valley

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

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.313/kWh$0.167/kWh$216.86/mo.$68.05/mo.
665th25.15¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Scotts Valley
686th$150.98Average residential monthly electricity bill for Scotts Valley Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Scotts Valley, California

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
Pacific Gas and Electric CompanyBUNDLED25.15150.9814,550,5163,659,675,000

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

Energy 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 31,24510,682,994.28341.91
Ameresco Santa Cruz EnergyAMERESCO Santa Cruz Energy LLC (100.00%)
Santa Cruz County CA Landfill Gas 17,45611,646,965.53667.22
Santa Cruz EnergySanta Cruz Energy LLC (100.00%)
Santa Cruz CA Landfill Gas 10,3106,195,496.88600.92

Santa Cruz County, California Details

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Santa Cruz County’s electricity consumption results in CO2 pollution totaling 416,621,827.95 kilograms, which is the 717th most of any county in the United States. The county also ranks 2669th worst in emissions per capita, averaging 1,524.9 kilograms of CO2 emissions emissions per capita. The county has 3 power producing plants, which is 785th most in the United States and 1909th most when considering plants per person in the county. Santa Cruz County's primary fuel used for electricity production is Natural Gas. The county produces 31,245 megawatt hours, or 52.95% of the total generation in the county, from this fuel type.

NATURAL GAS
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Natural Gas
52.95%
LANDFILL GAS
Landfill Gas
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Landfill Gas
47.05%

Santa Cruz County, California Net Metering

Santa Cruz County is home to one electric provider. Fortunately for customers in the county who are interested in having their own solar panels, the only provider in the county offers net metering options. At the state level, California is known for favorable net metering and feed in tariff regulations.

Energy Loss

In Santa Cruz County one company reports energy loss, Pacific Gas and Electric Company. They average an annual energy loss of 38.18%. With a US average energy loss of 2.76%, Santa Cruz County is ranked as the 2966th best county in the United States for energy loss efficiency.

Power Companies in Santa Cruz County, California

Providers In Each City in Santa Cruz County:

  • Capitola, California:
    • Pacific Gas and Electric Company: 100.00%
  • Santa Cruz, California:
    • Pacific Gas and Electric Company: 100.00%
  • Scotts Valley, California:
    • Pacific Gas and Electric Company: 100.00%
  • Watsonville, California:
    • Pacific Gas and Electric Company: 100.00%

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

FAQ

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

The largest electricity provider in Santa Cruz County, California by megawatt hours sold is Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

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

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

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

County Customers RankProviderCounty Customers
1Pacific Gas and Electric Company15,463

Last Reviewed By: Nick Reese
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-11-22