U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
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. Also, EIA does not 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. The retail electricity prices include all utility and government charges, fees, and taxes.
EIA also 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.
In addition, the Utility Rate Database sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a free source of rate structure information from utilities in the United States. 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.
The average annual prices for most recent year available by type of customer for individual utilities in Tables 6-10 of Electric Sales, Revenue, and Average Price report.
Data files with monthly revenue and sales data for major utilities in each state
Last updated: June 13, 2014
Other FAQs about Prices
- Are the prices that EIA publishes adjusted for inflation?
- Does EIA have city or county-level energy consumption and price data?
- Does EIA have energy prices for countries?
- Does EIA have ethanol price data?
- Does EIA have gasoline prices by city, county, or zip code?
- Does EIA have projections for energy production, consumption, and prices for individual states?
- Does EIA publish coking coal prices?
- Does EIA publish electric utility rate, tariff, and demand charge data?
- Does EIA publish inflation-adjusted gasoline prices?
- Does EIA publish off-road diesel fuel prices?
- How do I calculate diesel fuel surcharges?
- How do I compare heating fuels?
- How much does it cost to generate electricity with different types of power plants?
- How much does it cost to produce crude oil and natural gas?
- What was the highest U.S. average retail price of regular gasoline?
- What's up (and down) with gasoline prices?
- Where can I find out about energy-related grants or tax credits for my home or business?
- Where can I get help paying my utility bills?
- Who do I contact to complain about high energy prices?
- Why am I being charged more for propane than the price on EIA's website?
- Why are the retail pump prices for gasoline and diesel fuel in increments of 0.9 cents?
- Why don't fuel prices change as quickly as crude oil prices?
- Why has diesel fuel been more expensive than gasoline?
- Why is the United States exporting gasoline when prices are so high?
- How much tax do we pay on a gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel?
- What are the differences between various types of crude oil prices?
- What are the different coal prices published by EIA?
- What can I expect to pay for heating this winter?
- What do I pay for in a gallon of regular gasoline?
- What is the outlook for gasoline prices for 2014 and for 2015?
- What is the outlook for home heating fuel prices this winter?