Texas Electricity Usage: Crunching the Right Numbers

By Vernon Trollinger, March 10, 2009, News, Save Money

There have been several newspaper reports citing the average price paid per residential kilowatt hour in Texas as 10.34 cents.  This information orginally came from a page on the US Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) website.

The page shows an interactive map.  Users can mouse over their state and learn the average price (cents per kilowatt hour).
All of which seems pretty straightforward; any user would naturally assume the information is up to date.  However, when a user clicks on their state, they are taken to a profile page that shows the information displayed on the map comes from 2006.
So, the average price paid per residential kilowatt hour in Texas was 10.34 cents in 2006 and is not current.
An information representative from the EIA responding to an inquiry acknowledged that the map graphic was out of date and would be updated with data from 2007 at the end of March, ’09.  He also provided links to other useful information:
Average annual electricity prices by state for 2007 as follows:
See the Illustrations at bottom of the grey colored box/list of tables at right: http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epa/epa_sum.html
EIA has posted average annual electricity prices for each state and preliminary average annual prices for 2008 at: http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/epm_sum.html
The most recent average price paid dates from November, 2008 and can be found at:  http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table5_6_a.html
The average price for November, 2008 in Texas was 13.23 cents per kwh.  The highest price paid in the contiguous states was Connecticut at 19.81 cents per kwh; the lowest was Idaho with 7.25.   The average for the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) was 11.47 cents per kwh.

With discussions underway in the State House about how much consumers pay for their electricity, it’s important to have data that is current and up-to-date.  Hopefully, this information will help provide a clearer picture.

Since November, 2008, Bounce Energy’s price per kilowatt hour has decreased three times.  Our variable rate Super Saver Plan is currently just 11.4 cents per kwh (in the Oncor TDSP footprint) and provides a huge savings for those who signed on with another provider for a fixed price contract this past summer.
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A native of Wyomissing Hills, PA, Vernon Trollinger studied writing and film at the University of Iowa, later earning his MA in writing there as well. Following a decade of digging in CRM archaeology, he now writes about green energy technology, home energy efficiency, DIY projects, the natural gas industry, and the electrical grid.