01/26/2022

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California Energy Price Data for December 2021

 

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

With the sole exception of a minor (1 to 2 cents vs. 6 to 10 cents in the other states) easing in fuels, energy costs continued their relentless rise, reaching new highs in our tracking series.

Notably, the residential electricity rate rose from the 3rd highest to the 2nd highest in the nation, behind only Hawaii.

Inflation Rising

5.6%
Annual Change
in California CPI

For the 12 months ending October, the California CPI rose 5.6%, up from 5.1% in October. In the same period, the US CPI rose 6.2%, rising to 6.8% as of November. The US November rate is the highest since June 1982. The California October rate is the second highest since 1991.

California vs. US Fuel Price Gap at 46% Premium

$1.47
Price Per Gallon
Above US Average
(CA Average)

The December average price per gallon of regular gasoline in California eased 2 cents from November to $4.67. The California premium above the average for the US other than California ($3.20) rose to $1.47, a 46.0% difference, as prices eased more rapidly in other states.

1st
Ranked By Price

In December, California again had the highest gasoline price among the states and DC. Californians paid $1.78 a gallon (47%) more than consumers in Oklahoma, the state with the lowest price.

California vs. US Diesel Price

$1.31
Price Per Gallon
Above US Average
(CA Average)

The December average price per gallon of diesel in California eased 1 cent from November to $4.81. The California premium above the average for the US other than California ($3.50) rose to $1.31, a 37.4% difference.

1st
Ranked By Price

In December, California again had the highest diesel price among the states and DC.

Range Between Highest and Lowest Prices by Region

$1.59
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 $1.38 in the Central Valley Region (average December price of $4.58), to $1.59 in Central Sierra Region (average December price of $4.79).

Highest/Lowest Fuel Prices By Legislative District:

Please note the districts listed below are the districts as they were for the majority of December 2021 and do not reflect the newly adopted district boundaries recently adopted by the California Redistricting Commission.

December 2021: Average Price ($ per gallon) of Regular Gasoline
LegislatorHighest $ Per Gallon
CD12 (Pelosi-D)$4.89
CD02 (Huffman-D)$4.84
CD33 (Lieu-D)$4.83
CD14 (Speier-D)$4.82
CD18 (Eshoo-D)$4.82
SD11 (Wiener-D)$4.87
SD26 (Allen-D)$4.84
SD13 (Becker-D)$4.83
SD02 (McGuire-D)$4.81
SD17 (Laird-D)$4.77
AD50 (Bloom-D)$4.89
AD17 (Bonta-D)$4.88
AD19 (Ting-D)$4.86
AD24 (Berman-D)$4.85
AD02 (Wood-D)$4.84
December 2021: Average Price ($ per gallon) of Regular Gasoline
LegislatorLowest $ Per Gallon
CD51 (Vargas-D)$4.58
CD22 (Vacant)$4.57
CD21 (Valadao-R)$4.57
CD16 (Costa-D)$4.55
CD10 (Harder-D)$4.54
SD38 (Jones-R)$4.59
SD05 (Talamantes Eggman-D)$4.58
SD40 (Hueso-D)$4.58
SD04 (Nielsen-R)$4.57
SD14 (Hurtado-D)$4.56
AD21 (Gray-D)$4.56
AD23 (Patterson-R)$4.56
AD60 (Cervantes-D)$4.56
AD32 (Salas-D)$4.54
AD03 (Gallagher-R)$4.51

 

California Residential Electricity Price

73.0%
Above Average For
Rest Of US

California average Residential Price for the 12 months ended October 2021 was 22.49 cents/kWh, 73.0% higher than the US average of 13.00 cents/kWh for all states other than California. California’s residential prices again were the highest among the contiguous states, and rose to the 2nd highest in the nation, behind only Hawaii.

California Residential Electric Bill

23rd
Ranked by Cost

For the 12 months ended October 2021, the average annual Residential electricity bill in California was $1,486, or 49.5% higher ($492) 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 7.3% ($99).

In 2010, California had the 9th lowest residential electricity bill in the nation. In the latest data, it had the 23rd highest.

Residential bills, however, vary widely by region, with the estimated annual household usage in the recent released data for 2020 as much as 78% higher in the interior regions compared to the milder climate coastal areas, and substantially higher when comparing across counties.

 

$8.7b
Premium Above
US Average Price

For the 12 months ended October 2021, California’s higher electricity prices translated into Residential ratepayers paying $8.7 billion more than the average ratepayers elsewhere in the US using the same amount of energy. Compared to the lowest rate state, California households paid $11.4 billion more.

California Commercial Electricity Price

81.6%
Above Average For
Rest Of US

California average Commercial Price for the 12 months ended October 2021 was 19.01 cents/kWh, 81.6% higher than the US average of 10.47 cents/kWh for all states other than California. California’s commercial prices again were the highest among the contiguous states.

California Industrial Electricity Price

122.7%
Above Average For
Rest Of US

California average Industrial Price for the 12 months ended October 2021 was 15.01 cents/kWh, 122.7% higher than the US average of 6.74 cents/kWh for all states other than California. California’s industrial prices again were the 2nd highest among the contiguous states, behind only Rhode Island.

$13.0b
Premium Above
US Average Price

For the 12 months ended October 2021, California’s higher electricity prices translated into Commercial & Industrial ratepayers paying $13.0 billion more than ratepayers elsewhere in the US using the same amount of energy. Compared to the lowest rate states, Commercial & Industrial ratepayers paid $16.6 billion more.

 

California Natural Gas Prices

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

Residential Commercial Industrial
CA, October 2021 $15.50 $11.37 $9.02
CA, October 2020 $13.65 $9.52 $7.41
Change 13.6% 19.4% 21.7%
Rest of US, October 2021 $10.37 $7.51 $4.62
Rest of US, October 2020 $10.18 $7.25 $2.89
Change 1.9% 3.6% 59.9%
CA premium over Rest of US, October 2021 49.5% 51.4% 95.2%
CA premium over Rest of US, October 2020 34.1% 31.3% 156.4%