Kansas electricity rate hike the nation's largest

Residents paid 22.5% more than for the previous month

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By Arthur Murray May 7th, 2019
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Only one state had a double-digit percentage decrease – Maine, where rates went down 29.1 percent from January. Residents there paid 11.69 cents/kWh. That was among 14 states where rates declined month-over-month.

Here are the 10 largest percentage decreases, their February rate (in cents/kWh), and the hike from the previous month:

The nation’s highest and lowest electricity rates

But percentages tell only part of the story. The highest residential electricity prices in the new Rate Report are in Hawaii – 33.57 cents/kWh. That was a 4.6 percent increase from the previous month. Following are the states with the highest rates:

Which state’s residents paid the lowest electricity rates? North Dakota customers paid 9.03 cents/kWh – less than a third of what their counterparts in Hawaii were charged. Following are the states with the lowest rates:

Where do states with the lowest rates get their electricity?

Of the 20 states with the lowest rates in February, exactly half – including the two with the cheapest prices – got the largest chunk of their electricity from burning coal. Five others got the bulk of their power from natural gas.

Here are the 20 states with the lowest rates for electricity, the largest source of that power, and the percentage generated by that source:

As for the states with the highest prices, 10 generated the largest percentage of their power from natural gas, while five burned coal. Following are the 20 states with the highest rates for electricity, the largest source of electricity generation, and the percentage generated by that source:

For complete rates by state information, including comparisons to the same month of 2018, see the Choose Energy Electricity Rates by State page. For more information about energy generation by various sources, including solar, wind, and nuclear, see the Choose Energy Data Center.

Arthur directs ChooseEnergy.com’s newsroom, taking advantage of nearly 30 years of newspaper and magazine experience. A native of Virginia, Arthur attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism.