Business Electricity Rates by State

Electricity prices vary in each state. We have compiled years of data to find pricing trends around the country. You can see data for all 50 states below, but deregulated states are labeled in each chart/graph.

If you live in a deregulated state you have the choice to change providers and get a lower rate at any time. Compare rates and suppliers in your zip code here.

Historical Electricity Prices in Each State

The chart below shows the average electricity price businesses paid in each state.

Commercial Energy Rates by State
STATE 2018 2017 2016
Alabama 11.31 11.62 11.11
Alaska 18.83 19.46 17.56
Arizona 10.25 10.58 10.41
Arkansas 8.47 8.44 8.23
California 14.83 15.89 15.07
Colorado 9.64 9.95 9.6
Connecticut 16.67 16.1 15.75
Delaware 9.6 9.95 10.07
District Of Columbia 11.93 11.68 11.72
Florida 9.53 9.61 8.9
Georgia 9.62 9.98 9.81
Hawaii 28.87 26.82 24.64
Idaho 7.99 8.02 7.76
Illinois 8.84 8.87 9.02
Indiana 10.32 10.3 10.01
Iowa 9.23 9.62 9.17
Kansas 10.39 10.49 10.47
Kentucky 9.6 9.7 9.57
Louisiana 8.95 8.91 8.59
Maine 12.18 12.14 12.08
Maryland 10.48 10.76 10.99
Massachusetts 16.77 14.88 15.6
Michigan 11.45 11.02 10.64
Minnesota 9.9 10.58 9.86
Mississippi 10.89 10.3 9.57
Missouri 8.51 9.32 9.26
Montana 10.02 10.2 10.19
Nebraska 8.69 8.98 8.8
Nevada 8.04 7.98 7.93
New Hampshire 15.78 14.75 14.43
New Jersey 12.14 12.31 12.26
New Mexico 9.69 10.27 9.75
New York 13.58 14.76 14.45
North Carolina 8.64 8.56 8.62
North Dakota 8.79 9.18 9.15
Ohio 10.09 9.97 9.97
Oklahoma 7.61 7.97 7.66
Oregon 8.98 8.88 8.91
Pennsylvania 9.02 8.99 9.22
Rhode Island 16.34 15.24 14.88
South Carolina 10.48 10.49 10.28
South Dakota 9.29 9.58 9.58
Tennessee 10.35 10.5 10.19
Texas 8.23 8.31 8.26
Utah 8.24 8.74 8.75
Vermont 15.14 14.61 14.54
Virginia 8.33 8.07 7.93
Washington 8.66 8.51 8.43
West Virginia 9.64 9.57 9.35
Wisconsin 10.9 11.08 10.77
Wyoming 9.59 9.75 9.4

States with the most expensive business electricity

This chart shows the states with the highest average kWh price for businesses.

Most Expensive Commercial Electrcity Rates (kWh)
STATE KWH RATE (¢)
Hawaii 28.87
Alaska 18.83
Massachusetts 16.77
Connecticut 16.67
Rhode Island 16.34
New Hampshire 15.78
Vermont 15.14
California 14.83
New York 13.58
Maine 12.18

States with the cheapest businesses electricity

This chart shows the states with the highest average KWh price for businesses.

Cheapest Commercial Electrcity Rates (kWh)
STATE KWH RATE (¢)
Oklahoma 7.61
Idaho 7.99
Nevada 8.04
Texas 8.23
Utah 8.24
Virginia 8.33
Arkansas 8.47
Missouri 8.51
North Carolina 8.64
Washington 8.66

Residential vs Commercial Rates

This graph gives a side-by-side comparison of rates for homes and businesses. Residential rates are almost always higher than commercial because the volume of power used. The more volume, the cheaper the kWh.

Regulated vs Deregulated States

This chart shows average price per kWh in states with energy choice vs those that do not.

Regulated states have a lower average rate overall vs those with energy choice.

Isn’t deregulation supposed to lower prices? Yes, but there are a lot of variables at work here. So don’t fret – deregulation doesn’t always mean a higher rate.

For example, Texas (a deregulated state) traditionally has some of the lowest rates in the country.

The Northeast has some of the highest rates in the country, before deregulation and after. Economics are at play here. These are high population density states, with high demand, and high cost of living. The lower rates in the central states (regulated) also have a smaller demand, cost of living etc.

The most important take away from this data is simple. If you live in a state with energy choice (deregulated) you can lower your electric bill by shopping suppliers and rates to make select the plan that works for you.

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