09/16/2021

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California Energy Price Data for August 2021

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

Inflation Rising

4.4%
Annual Change
in California CPI,
June 2021

For the 12 months ending June, the California CPI rose 4.4%. In the same period, the US CPI rose 5.4%. In both instances, inflation is at its highest level since 2008.

California vs. US Fuel Price Gap at 42.9% Premium

$1.32
Price Per Gallon
Above US Average
(CA Average)

The August average price per gallon of regular gasoline in California rose 6 cents from July to $4.40. The California premium above the average for the US other than California ($3.08) rose to $1.32 cents, a 42.9% difference.

1st
Ranked By Price

In August, California had the highest gasoline price among the states and DC. Californians paid $1.61 a gallon more than consumers in Mississippi, the state with the lowest price.

California vs. US Diesel Price

$1.16
Price Per Gallon
Above US Average
(CA Average)

The August average price per gallon of diesel in California rose 10 cents from July to $4.38. The California premium above the average for the US other than California ($3.21) rose to $1.16, a 36.2% difference.

2nd
Ranked By Price

In August, California had the 2nd highest diesel price among the states and DC, behind only Hawaii.

Range Between Highest and Lowest Prices by Region

$1.45
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 $1.27 in the Central Valley Region (average August price of $4.35), to $1.45 in the Central Sierra Region (average August price of $4.53).

Highest/Lowest Fuel Prices By Legislative District:

August 2021: Average Price ($ per gallon) of Regular Gasoline
LegislatorHighest $ Per Gallon
CD12 (Pelosi-D)$4.65
CD33 (Lieu-D)$4.57
CD02 (Huffman-D)$4.60
CD14 (Speier-D)$4.53
CD18 (Eshoo-D)$4.53
SD11 (Wiener-D)$4.61
SD26 (Allen-D)$4.55
SD13 (Becker-D)$4.55
SD02 (McGuire-D)$4.59
SD07 (Glazer-D)$4.49
AD50 (Bloom-D)$4.62
AD17 (Chiu-D)$4.65
AD24 (Berman-D)$4.57
AD19 (Ting-D)$4.58
AD02 (Wood-D)$4.62
August 2021: Average Price ($ per gallon) of Regular Gasoline
LegislatorLowest $ Per Gallon
CD16 (Costa-D)$4.35
CD41 (Takano-D)$4.29
CD21 (Valadao-R)$4.34
CD35 (Torres-D)$4.29
CD10 (Harder-D)$4.31
SD20 (Leyva-D)$4.29
SD04 (Nielsen-R)$4.33
SD31 (Roth-D)$4.28
SD14 (Hurtado-D)$4.33
SD05 (Talamantes Eggman-D)$4.33
AD12 (Flora-R)$4.33
AD13 (Villapudua-D)$4.32
AD60 (Cervantes-D)$4.25
AD32 (Salas-D)$4.30
AD03 (Gallagher-R)$4.29

 

California Residential Electricity Price

68.8%
Above Average For
Rest Of US

California average Residential Price for the 12 months ended June 2021 was 21.60 cents/kWh, 68.8% higher than the US average of 12.80 cents/kWh for all states other than California. California’s residential prices remained the 6th highest in the nation and the 4th highest among the contiguous states.

California Residential Electric Bill

20th
Ranked by Cost

For the 12 months ended June 2021, the average annual Residential electricity bill in California was $1,478, or 48.7% higher ($484) 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 6.2% ($84).

In 2010, California had the 9th lowest residential electricity bill in the nation. In the latest data, it had the 20th highest.

Residential bills, however, vary widely by region, with the estimated annual household usage in 2019 as much as 76% higher in the interior regions compared to the milder climate coastal areas, and substantially higher when comparing across counties.

$8.4b
Premium Above
US Average Price

For the 12 months ended June 2021, California’s higher electricity prices translated into Residential ratepayers paying $8.4 billion more than the average ratepayers elsewhere in the US using the same amount of energy.

California Commercial Electricity Price

80.4%
Above Average For
Rest Of US

California average Commercial Price for the 12 months ended June 2021 was 18.55 cents/kWh, 80.4% higher than the US average of 10.28 cents/kWh for all states other than California. California’s commercial prices remained the highest among the contiguous states.

California Industrial Electricity Price

127.0%
Above Average For
Rest Of US

California average Industrial Price for the 12 months ended June 2021 was 14.78 cents/kWh, 127.0% higher than the US average of 6.51 cents/kWh for all states other than California. Among the contiguous states, only Rhode Island was higher.

$12.4b
Premium Above
US Average Price

For the 12 months ended June 2021, California’s higher electricity prices translated into Commercial & Industrial ratepayers paying $12.4 billion more than ratepayers elsewhere in the US using the same amount of energy. Compared to the lowest rate states, Commercial & Industrial ratepayers paid $15.9 billion more.

 

California Natural Gas Prices

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

Residential Commercial Industrial
CA, June 2021 $15.21 $10.66 $8.28
CA, June 2020 $13.67 $9.45 $7.46
Change 11.3% 12.8% 11.0%
Rest of US, June 2021 $10.04 $7.13 $3.78
Rest of US, June 2020 $10.19 $7.24 $2.97
Change -1.5% -1.5% 27.3%
CA premium over Rest of US, June 2021 51.5% 49.5% 119.0%
CA premium over Rest of US, June 2020 34.2% 30.5% 151.2%