Energy Prices

Compare your energy prices to other states, provinces, or other countries:

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Prices vary widely even in the same state or province. Your best source for energy prices is your own utility bills. This page gives you an average reference price for energy in your area; it may not be the same as the actual price you are paying.


Electricity Prices

2011 USA Average Home Electricity Prices (cents/kWh)
(Source: US Energy Information Administration)
(Note: energy prices include all costs but not losses)

Alabama - 11.53
Alaska - 18.29
Arizona - 11.52
Arkansas - 9.68
California - 15.27
Colorado - 11.97 
Connecticut - 18.03 
Delaware - 13.99  
District of Columbia - 13.24  
Florida - 11.75  
Georgia - 11.58  
Hawaii - 37.53  
Idaho - 6.76  
Illinois - 12.79  
Indiana - 10.77  
Iowa - 11.44  
Kansas - 11.01  
Kentucky - 9.53  
Louisiana - 9.58  
Maine - 15.43  
Maryland - 13.53  
Massachusetts - 15.71 
Michigan - 13.35  
Minnesota - 11.78  
Mississippi - 9.96  
Missouri - 10.35  
Montana - 10.46  
Nebraska - 10.97  
Nevada - 11.52  
New Hampshire - 16.50  
New Jersey - 16.14  
New Mexico - 11.40  
New York - 18.91  
North Carolina - 11.03  
North Dakota - 10.09  
Ohio - 12.09  
Oklahoma - 11.12  
Oregon - 9.86  
Pennsylvania - 14.02  
Rhode Island - 14.52  
South Carolina - 11.86  
South Dakota - 10.25  
Tennessee - 10.07  
Texas - 11.33  
United States - 12.25  
Utah - 9.44  
Vermont - 16.30  
Virginia - 11.28  
Washington - 8.57  
West Virginia - 9.90  
Wisconsin - 13.73  
Wyoming - 9.64  

Canadian Home Electricity Prices - 2011 (cents/kWh)
(Source: Canadian Utility Survey)
(Note: energy prices include all costs but not losses)

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI) - 15.32
Englehart, Ontario (ON) - 14.92
Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS) - 13.98
Regina, Saskatchewan (SK) - 13.18
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (SK) - 13.18
Moncton, New Brunswick (NB) - 12.48
Toronto, Ontario (ON) - 12.38
St. John's, New Foundland (NL) - 11.50
Edmonton, Alberta (AB) - 11.16
Kenora, Ontario (ON) - 11.13
Saint John, New Brunswick (NB) - 11.07
Calgary, Alberta (AB) - 11.04
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC) - 7.74
Winnipeg, Manitoba (MB) - 7.53
Montreal, Quebec (QC) - 7.01

International Electricity Prices
(Source: wikipedia)
(note the prices in the link below are commodity prices only)

Argentina - 5.74
Australia - 22-46.56
Belgium - 29.06
Bhutan - 1.88-4.40
Bugaria - 16.33
Brazil - 34.18
China - 7.5-10.7
Chile - 23.11
Croatia - 17.55
Denmark - 40.38
Dubai - 7.62
Finland - 20.65
France - 19.39
Germany - 31.41
Guyana - 26.80
Hungary - 23.44
Hong Kong - 12.04
Iceland - 9-10
Iran - 2-19
Ireland - 28.36
Israel - 15
Italy - 28.39
Jamaica - 7.35-16.80
Latvia - 18.25
Malaysia - 7.42
Mexico - 19.28
Moldova - 11.11
Netherlands - 28.89
New Zealand - 19.15
Pakistan - 2-15.07
Peru - 10.44
Philippines - 30.46
Portugal - 25.25
Russia - 1.7-9.58
Singapore - 22.24
Spain - 22.73
Solomon Islands - 83-89
South Africa - 8-16
Sweden - 27.10
Taiwan - 7-17
Thailand - 4.46-9.79
Tonga - 57.95
Turkey - 13.1
United Kingdom - 17.85
Ukraine - 3.05-3.95
Uruguay - 14.47-22.89
Uzbekistan - 4.95
Vietnam - 6.2-10.01

About Electricity Prices
The actual price you end up paying for electricity has many components to it:

  • Commodity Price: This is the actual energy cost that the generating plant will receive. You may actually pay more than the spot market price if you are on "time of use" pricing or buying electricity from an energy retailer.

  • Adjustment Price: Some jurisdictions adjust the commodity price to account for subsidized generation. An example of this is the "FIT" program in Ontario. The global adjustment charged on top of the commodity price includes the price paid out for renewable energy. In Ontario the global adjustment basically doubles the energy prices (commodity only).

  • Delivery and Transmission Cost: This is paid to the transmission company and the local distribution company to deliver the electricity to your home. The transmission company maintains the high voltage network and the local distribution company maintains the local medium and low voltage network. The company you pay your money to is the local distribution company.

  • Other Charges: Other charges are added to you bill such as regulatory fees and debt recovery fee

  • Distribution losses: This one is not typically included in pricing. To account for distribution losses (the cables that delivery the electricity are not 100% efficient) your electricity usage is typically increased by 4%-10%.


Natural Gas Prices

2011 USA Average Home Natural Gas Prices
($ per 1000 cubic feet)

(Source: US Energy Information Administration)

Alabama - 20.44 
Alaska - 9.13  
Arizona - 22.24  
Arkansas - 19.57  
California - 10.75  
Colorado - 11.62  
Connecticut - 19.58  
Delaware - 22.28  
District of Columbia - NA  
Florida - 23.26  
Georgia - 27.55  
Hawaii - 56.34  
Idaho - 9.41  
Illinois - 14.70  
Indiana - 13.44  
Iowa - 15.92  
Kansas - 18.26  
Kentucky - 19.21  
Louisiana - NA  
Maine - 15.35  
Maryland - 18.45  
Massachusetts - 15.35 
Michigan - 13.67  
Minnesota - 10.29  
Mississippi - 13.49  
Missouri - 23.91  
Montana - 12.22  
Nebraska - 15.06  
Nevada - 13.81  
New Hampshire - NA  
New Jersey - 14.25  
New Mexico - 13.93  
New York - NA  
North Carolina - 21.14  
North Dakota - 12.48  
Ohio - 20.92  
Oklahoma - 24.93  
Oregon - 15.09  
Pennsylvania - 18.60  
Rhode Island - 21.04  
South Carolina - 23.40  
South Dakota - 13.10  
Tennessee - 17.32  
Texas - NA 
United States - 15.05  
Utah - 9.93  
Vermont - 23.93  
Virginia - NA  
Washington - NA  
West Virginia - 16.10  
Wisconsin - 11.85  
Wyoming - 14.52  

2011 Canadian Average Home Natural Gas Prices
($ per cubic meter)

(Source: NRCAN)

The graph below shows the average price of natural gas in Canada in recent years. The information below explains what's all included in this price.

The prices above are in $/GJ.

$1/GJ is equal to $0.037/cubic meter. So, the current price of $4/GJ is equal to $0.148/cubic meter.

Note that this is only the commodity price. A good approximation for the other costs is approximately $0.20/cubic meter (this will vary based on where you live - check your own bill for your prices).

$0.35/cubic meter delivered is a good 2011 natural gas price approximation.

About Natural Gas Prices

Natural Gas energy prices typically include the following costs:

  • Commodity Price: This is the actual cost of the natural gas paid to the producer

  • Delivery Price: This is paid to the company that compresses the gas, maintains the pipelines, distributes, and meters the gas supplied to your home

  • Other Costs: There may be other costs such as billing costs, storage costs, or retailer costs.


Heating Oil & Propane Prices

Heating Oil prices are typical 5%-25% less than diesel fuel prices. Check your local gas station prices to estimate your heating oil prices (or better yet, check your previous bill). In North America heating oil is typically the most expensive type of heating fuel.

The propane price is typically less expensive compared to heating oil. Both heating oil and propane prices trend with crude oil prices as both are by-products of oil refining.

The following links show the current prices (or close to current prices). Note that these energy prices do not include delivery.

Click here to see current heating oil, gasoline, and propane prices in Canada

Click here to see current heating oil and propane prices in the US


Check your own Bills!

While the reference energy prices above will help approximate your prices, it is better to check your bills for pricing. If you are unsure of what price to use, use the pre-tax amount on your bills and divide it by the appropriate unit of energy (ie. kWh, cubic feet, cubic meters, etc.) Use the same energy units that your bill uses. The calculator tools on this site list various units to choose from!

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