Palo Alto Utilities: Rates and Coverage Area

Palo Alto Utilities

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About Palo Alto Utilities

Palo Alto Utilities is a municipally owned entity located in Palo Alto, California and supplying power to customers in Santa Clara County, California. The average residential electricity rate for Palo Alto Utilities is about 20.03 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 30.90% below California's average rate of 28.98 cents and 27.68% above the US average of 15.68 cents. They had total sales and disposition of 848,857 megawatt hours in 2022, of which 827,470 megawatt hours were from sales to end users. The electricity sourced by Palo Alto Utilities is made up primarily of megawatt hours they purchased via the wholesale electricity market. Of the total electricity sourced by the company, whole purchased made up 100.00%. Their revenue in 2022 from electricity activities was $145,921,000, with $142,120,000 coming from retail sales to end users.

The nationwide average monthly residential electric bill is $135.78, while the Palo Alto Utilities average is 30.86% less at $93.88 per month. This is the 657th lowest average monthly bill amount for a provider in the nation. The company does not have ownership in any power plants and all of the power that they sell to their customers must be purchased from other providers.

Palo Alto Utilities Net Metering

Customers of Palo Alto Utilities can take advantage of net metering offerings, which is a positive for both parties. This is a positive for any customer considering purchasing personal solar panels, as net metering allows them to sell their unused wattage back to the grid.

Energy Loss

Energy loss is part of the process when dealing with electricity transmission. Palo Alto Utilities currently averages a loss of around 2.05% of the electricity they transmit. Palo Alto Utilities' energy loss levels place them at of 22nd best out of the 63 providers that operate in California and report energy loss and 201st best out of 3518 in the US.

Palo Alto Utilities Rate & Electric Bills

Palo Alto Utilities residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in January.

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.211/kWh$0.110/kWh$133.44/mo.$40.70/mo.
2785th20.03¢Palo Alto Utilities' Average residential price per kWh
657th$93.88Average monthly electricity bill for Palo Alto Utilities' residential customers

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Palo Alto Utilities Overview

  • Company Type:Municipal
  • Headquarters:250 Hamilton Avenue
    Palo Alto, California 94301
    United States of America

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  • States Served:
    • California
  • Counties Served:
    • Santa Clara County
  • Major Cities Served:
    • Palo Alto

Energy Loss

Palo Alto Utilities' energy loss due to business operations.


Total Energy Loss


201 National Rank

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Palo Alto Utilities State Coverage

StateCustomersSales ($)State Rank Based On Revenue% of Provider's Residential Sales in State

Palo Alto Utilities County Coverage

CountyPopulationProvidersAvg. County Rate (¢)Avg. Electric Bill
Santa Clara County1,870,945836.14$163.64/mo

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Palo Alto Utilities FAQ:

What is the average bundled bill for Palo Alto Utilities customers each month?

Customers of Palo Alto Utilities pay, on average, a monthly bundled bill of $93.88.

What is the phone number for Palo Alto Utilities?

The Palo Alto Utilities phone number is (650) 329-2161.

What is the average bundled electricity rate for Palo Alto Utilities customers?

The average bundled rate of electricity for customers of Palo Alto Utilities is 20.03 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh).

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Last Reviewed By: Ginalyn Gelera
Published: 2023-12-06