Frequently Asked Questions

Does EIA publish electric utility rate, tariff, and demand charge data?

No, EIA does not collect or publish data on electricity rates, or tariffs, for the sale or purchase of electricity, or on demand charges for electricity service, nor does EIA publish retail electricity rates or prices for peak or off-peak periods (sometimes referred to as time-of-use-rates).

EIA does publish average monthly and annual retail electricity prices that are derived from data collected on revenues (in dollars) and sales (in megawatt hours) from electric utilities. EIA's retail electricity prices include all utility and government charges, fees, and taxes.

Average annual prices for most recent year available by type of customer for individual utilities are in Tables 6-10 of Electric Sales, Revenue, and Average Price report.

EIA collects data on utilities that offer time-based rate programs, and the number of their customers that participate in the program. These programs, such as real-time pricing, critical-peak pricing, variable-peak pricing, and time-of-use rates are administered through a tariff. The data are collected with the EIA-861 survey and published in file 3 of the EIA-861 database.

Individual utilities may have detailed rate/tariff schedules and demand charges. You may contact utilities for this information. Utility rates for cities in the United States are now available at the U.S. Department of Energy's Open Energy Information (OpenEI) platform

Learn more:

Data files with monthly revenue and sales data for major utilities in each state

Last updated: June 4, 2013


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