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Average Price of Electricity & Natural Gas Utilities

Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange Counties
January, 1979-2021

Electricity, Power Lines, Whittier Narrows

Electrical Power lines running through Whittier Narrows. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.


Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
2021 $0.207 $1.409
2020 $0.193 $1.326
2019 $0.183 $1.337
2018 $0.181 $1.104
2017 $0.184 $1.216
Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
2016 $0.213 $1.155
2015 $0.216 $1.170
2014 $0.215 $1.195
2013 $0.232 $1.013
2012 $0.204 $0.996
Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
2011 $0.206 $1.024
2010 $0.187 $1.176
2009 $0.179 $1.093
2008 $0.185 $1.215
2007 $0.197 $1.066
Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
2006 $0.164 $1.466
2005 $0.139 $1.101
2004 $0.136 $1.042
2003 $0.180 $0.907
2002 $0.179 $0.733
Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
2001 $0.124 $1.044
2000 $0.116 $0.680
1999 $0.116 $0.646
1998 $0.127 $0.734
1997 $0.126 $0.655
Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
1996 $0.126 $0.653
1995 $0.127 $0.723
1994 $0.120 $0.678
1993 $0.120 $0.671
1992 $0.118 $0.618
Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
1991 $0.118 $0.657
1990 $0.105 $0.537
1989 $0.102 $0.537
1988 $0.090 $0.536
1987 $0.084 $0.501
Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
1986 $0.086 $0.522
1985 $0.085 $0.571
1984 $0.080 $0.528
1983 $0.078 $0.515
1982 $0.087 $0.409
Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
1981 $0.073 $0.365
1980 $0.059 $0.315
1979 $0.052 $0.248

* KHW: Kilowatt Hour
** Therm: a unit of heat energy

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


In 2020, Los Angeles County consumed 65.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity (34.9% for residential use). In the five years prior (2015-2019), the county average annual electricity consumption was 68.4 billion Kilowatt hours (30% for residential use). The county leads California in electricity consumption, accounting for 23.5% of statewide consumption. Source: California Energy Commission - Energy Almanac


In 2020, Los Angeles County consumed 2.9 billion therms of natural gas (42.2% for residential use). In the five years prior (2015-2019), the county average annual gas consumption was also 2.9 billion therms (38.8% for residential use). The county leads California in natural gas consumption, accounting for 23.8% of statewide consumption. Source: California Energy Commission - Energy Almanac


The two largest suppliers of electricity to Los Angeles County are Southern California Edision (providing about 75% of electricity to the county) and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (supplying about 20% of electricity to the county). The remaining 5% of electricity provided by publicly-owned energy utilities in Los Angeles County comes from Azusa Light and Water, Burbank Water and Power, Glendale Water & Power, City of Industry, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Pasadena Water and Power, City of Vernon. Source: California Energy Commission - Energy Almanac


Southern California Gas Company, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy and headquartered in Los Angeles, is the largest natural gas utility in the nation. It supplies natural gas to 21.4 million customers ranging from Visalia, California, to the U.S.-Mexico border. Except for the cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill (supplied by the Long Beach Gas and Oil Department), Southern California Gas supplies all of Los Angeles County.