Electricity costs vary from
State to State and within states.
Electricity costs around
the U.S. can vary by a factor of 10
depending on the State, location within the
State and by local
Electric Distribution Companies (EDCs). Electricity rates can
low if the facility is close to a hydro electric plant. Electricity
be very high when served by nuclear plants or oil in
California, Hawaii and the
US Virgin Islands.
In many areas, electricity costs have
due the State PUCs
granting power companies the
right to recover "stranded investments"
from their rate payers
(often called Transition
Costs on the deregulated electricity bills.). Many clients report
their electricity costs increase by
10% to 15% following their State's
deregulation of electricity
Some electric utilities
design their rates based on electrical
demand peak (KW or KVA) ... plus KWH
their rate design to their true electricity generation
(market based rates) and
vary the KWH and KW cost based on the
time-of-day and day
of the week.
Some EDCs have also added new fees for
in the rate such as "line extension" fees for new
In other cases there are new government
required fees and
taxes added to
electricity bills. Some states also have 'KWH taxes'
management (DSM) programs also
known as public benefit funds.