U.S. residential retail price of electricity by state 2019

As of September 2019, Hawaii had the most expensive average retail price of electricity in the residential sector within the United States. The average price in Hawaii amounted to 30.78 U.S. cents per kilowatt hour, in comparison to Washington's average price of 9.67 U.S. cents per kilowatt hour.

Electricity

Electricity is a vital facet of everyday life and has significantly eased and improved the quality of life of people worldwide. It has increased efficiency drastically. Electricity has many uses, which include being used for lighting, heating and cooling systems, computers, television, and laundry machines. The residential and commercial sectors consumer the highest amounts of electricity in the United States. Electricity is also generated by a variety of different energy sources and technologies, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewable sources.

Electricity consumption in the United States

Electricity consumption in the United States has increased drastically since 1875, having doubled in since pre-Industrial times due to increased production and populations. This has resulted in a variety of technological advancements that have enhanced society’s pace. Consumption is expected to continue to increase and reach nearly 5.2 billion kilowatt hours in 2050. Furthermore, the United States is one of the leading coal consumers in the world. For a long time, coal was one of the main sources for electricity in the United States. Despite the increase in electricity usage, coal consumption for electricity generation has been steadily decreasing over the last decade.

Average retail price of electricity to residential sector in the United States as of September 2019, by state

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Release date

2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

as of September 2019

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