06/22/2021

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California Energy Price Data for April 2021

Below are the monthly updates from the most current April 2021 fuel price data (GasBuddy.com) and February 2021 electricity and natural gas price data (US Energy Information Administration).

California vs. US Fuel Price Gap at 42.4% Premium

$1.19
Price Per Gallon
Above US Average
(CA Average)

The April average price per gallon of regular gasoline in California rose 13 cents from March to $3.99. The California premium above the average for the US other than California ($2.80) rose to $1.19, a 42.4% difference.

1st
Ranked By Price

In April, California remained at the highest gasoline price among the states and DC. Californians paid $1.42 a gallon more than consumers in Mississippi, the state with the lowest price.

California vs. US Diesel Price

$1.05
Price Per Gallon
Above US Average
(CA Average)

The April average price per gallon of diesel in California rose 5 cents from March to $4.06. The California premium above the average for the US other than California ($3.01) rose to $1.05, a 34.8% difference.

1st
Ranked By Price

In April, California prices rose to the highest cost for diesel among the states and DC.

Range Between Highest and Lowest Prices by Region

$1.26
Price Per Gallon
Above US Average
(Central Sierra Region)

The cost premium above the US (other than California) average price for regular gasoline ranged from $1.07 in the Central Valley Region (average April price of $3.87), to $1.26 in Central Sierra Region (average April price of $4.06).

 

Highest/Lowest Fuel Prices By Legislative District:

April 2021: Average Price ($ per gallon) of Regular Gasoline
LegislatorHighest $ Per Gallon
CD33 (Lieu-D)$4.19
CD12 (Pelosi-D)$4.15
CD28 (Schiff-D)$4.10
CD37 (Bass-D)$4.10
CD49 (Levin-D)$4.08
SD26 (Allen-D)$4.17
SD11 (Wiener-D)$4.12
SD39 (Atkins-D)$4.09
SD13 (Becker-D)$4.08
SD25 (Portantino-D)$4.07
AD50 (Bloom-D)$4.22
AD17 (Chiu-D)$4.15
AD54 (Kamlager-D)$4.14
AD78 (Ward-D)$4.12
AD35 (Cunningham-R)$4.12
April 2021: Average Price ($ per gallon) of Regular Gasoline
LegislatorLowest $ Per Gallon
CD01 (LaMalfa-R)$3.88
CD22 (Nunes-R)$3.87
CD16 (Costa-D)$3.86
CD21 (Valadao-R)$3.85
CD10 (Harder-D)$3.83
SD06 (Pan-D)$3.91
SD12 (Caballero-D)$3.91
SD04 (Nielsen-R)$3.86
SD05 (Talamantes Eggman-D)$3.85
SD14 (Hurtado-D)$3.84
AD13 (Villapudua-D)$3.86
AD21 (Gray-D)$3.86
AD03 (Gallagher-R)$3.84
AD12 (Flora-R)$3.84
AD32 (Salas-D)$3.82

 

California Residential Electricity Price

62.9%
Above Average For
Rest Of US

California average Residential Price for the 12 months ended February 2021 was 20.70 cents/kWh, 62.9% higher than the US average of 12.71 cents/kWh for all states other than California. California’s residential prices remained the 6th highest in the nation.

 

California Residential Electric Bill

43.6%
Growth Since 2010

For the 12 months ended February 2021, the average annual Residential electricity bill in California was $1,427, or 43.6% higher ($433) than the comparable bill in 2010 (the year the AB 32 implementation began with the Early Action items). In this same period, the average US (less CA) electricity bill for all the other states grew only 5.3% ($73).

Residential bills, however, vary widely by region, with the estimated annual household usage in 2018 as much as 59% higher in the interior regions compared to the milder climate coastal areas.

$7.6b
Premium Above
US Average Price

For the 12 months ended February 2021, California’s higher electricity prices translated into Residential ratepayers paying $7.6 billion more than the average ratepayer elsewhere in the US using the same amount of energy.

 

California Commercial Electricity Price

77.1%
Above Average For
Rest Of US

California average Commercial Price for the 12 months ended February 2021 was 17.96 cents/kWh, 77.1% higher than the US average of 10.14 cents/kWh for all states other than California. California’s commercial prices remained the 3rd highest in the nation and the highest among the contiguous states.

 

California Industrial Electricity Price

128.6%
Above Average For
Rest Of US

California average Industrial Price for the 12 months ended February 2021 was 14.61 cents/kWh, 128.6% higher than the US average of 6.39 cents/kWh for all states other than California. California’s industrial prices remained the 4th highest in the nation. Among the contiguous states, only Rhode Island was higher.

 

$11.9b
Premium Above
US Average Price

For the 12 months ended February 2021, California’s higher electricity prices translated into Commercial & Industrial ratepayers paying $11.9 billion more than ratepayers elsewhere in the US using the same amount of energy.

 

California Natural Gas Prices

Average prices ($ per thousand cubic feet) for the 12 months ended February 2021 and changes from the previous 12-month period for each end user:

Residential Commercial Industrial
CA, February 2021 $14.88 $10.18 $7.75
CA, February 2020 $13.35 $9.39 $7.58
Change 11.5% 8.4% 2.2%
Rest of US, February 2021 $10.49 $7.45 $3.44
Rest of US, February 2020 $10.20 $7.32 $3.26
Change 2.8% 1.8% 5.5%
CA premium over Rest of US, February 2021 41.8% 36.6% 125.3%
CA premium over Rest of US, February 2020 30.9% 28.3% 132.5%