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

No, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (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 data from utilities that offer time-based rate programs. These programs, such as real-time pricing, critical-peak pricing, variable-peak pricing, and time-of-use rates are administered through a tariff. Data on the number of utility customers that are enrolled in these programs are collected with the EIA-861 survey and published in the Dynamic Pricing file of the EIA-861 database.

The Utility Rate Database, sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a free source of rate structure information from utilities in the United States. Utility rates for cities in the United States are available at DOE's Open Energy Information (OpenEI) platform. Individual utilities may also have detailed rate/tariff schedules and demand charges.

There are links to the electricity price data that EIA publishes in the FAQ, Does EIA publish electricity consumption and price data by state and by utility?

Last updated: March 20, 2018


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