Palo Alto Utilities

About Palo Alto Utilities

Palo Alto Utilities is a municipally owned organization serving Palo Alto, California. The company presently supplies electricity to residential, commercial and industrial customers, with a total of 25,083 residential customer accounts, 3,811 commercial customers and 64 industrial customer accounts recently reported to be subscribed. On average, Palo Alto Utilities' residential electricity rate is 16.37 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 25.14% below the average California price of 21.86 cents and 23.39% higher than the national average of 13.26. In 2020 the company sold 97.78% of their disposition via normal retail sales to end users. The electricity sourced by the provider primarily came from megawatt hours that they acquired on the wholesale electricity market. They purchased 844,191 wholesale megawatt hours. The revenue for the company for 2020 from electricity sales was $138,730,000, with $131,097,000 from retail sales to end users.

The California average monthly residential electric bill is $125.67, while the Palo Alto Utilities average is 31.94% below at $88 per month. This is the 19th lowest average monthly bill amount for a provider in California.

Palo Alto Utilities Net Metering

Thankfully, Palo Alto Utilities allows consumers to take part in net metering. Net metering makes solar panel installation more economically feasible as it gives the ability for people to sell electricity into the grid.

Energy Loss

Palo Alto Utilities recently reported a yearly loss of around 1.74% of the electricity that they produce. Loss of energy due to heat dissipation during electricity transmission and other causes is a reality of operating in the electricity production business and electricity companies are required to report these losses. This percentage of electricity lost results in them receiving a rank of 3rd best out of 49 providers who report energy loss in the state.

Palo Alto Utilities Rate & Electric Bills

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

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.164/kWh$0.143/kWh$88.00/mo.$70.14/mo.
2724th16.37¢Palo Alto Utilities's Average residential price per kWh
704th$88Average monthly electric bill for Palo Alto Utilities's residential customers

Palo Alto Utilities Overview

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

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Energy provider of the year for California, Mid-Sized Provider Category
Top 3 Lowest Energy Loss
California, Mid-Sized Provider Category
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Energy Loss

Palo Alto Utilities's energy loss due to business operations.


Total Energy Loss


164 National Rank

Palo Alto Utilities Energy Makeup

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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 County1,927,852424.82$148.52/mo

Power Plants Owned by Palo Alto Utilities

PlantCity/CountyStatePrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (kg)Emissions/MWhToxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Palo Alto CA Natural Gas 53.06

Palo Alto Utilities Fuel Makeup

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Palo Alto Utilities FAQ:

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

Palo Alto Utilities currently has an average monthly bundled electric bill of $88.00, compared to the California average of $125.67 and the nationwide of $125.67 for bundled service.

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

Palo Alto Utilitiess current average bundled electricity rate is 16.37 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh), compared to the average California bundled rate of 21.86 cents and the average national rate of 13.26 cents.

How many power plants are owned by or associated with Palo Alto Utilities?

Palo Alto Utilities is associated with or owns one power plant.

What is the phone number for Palo Alto Utilities?

You can reach Palo Alto Utilities by phone via (650) 329-2161.

Last Reviewed By: Ginalyn Gelera
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-05