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Average Price of Electricity & Natural Gas Utilities

Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange Counties
January, 1979-2017

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

Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
2017 $0.18 $1.22
2016 $0.21 $1.16
2015 $0.22 $1.17
2014 $0.22 $1.20
2013 $0.23 $1.01
2012 $0.20 $1.00
2011 $0.21 $1.02
Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
2010 $0.19 $1.18
2009 $0.18 $1.09
2008 $0.19 $1.22
2007 $0.20 $1.07
2006 $0.16 $1.47
2005 $0.14 $1.10
2004 $0.14 $1.04
2003 $0.18 $0.91
2002 $0.18 $0.73
2001 $0.12 $1.04
Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
2000 $0.12 $0.68
1999 $0.12 $0.65
1998 $0.13 $0.73
1997 $0.13 $0.66
1996 $0.13 $0.65
1995 $0.13 $0.72
1994 $0.12 $0.68
1993 $0.12 $0.67
1992 $0.12 $0.62
1991 $0.12 $0.66
Year (in January) Average Price of Electricity per KWH* Average Price of Natural Gas (Piped) per Therm**
1990 $0.11 $0.54
1989 $0.10 $0.54
1988 $0.09 $0.54
1987 $0.08 $0.50
1986 $0.09 $0.52
1985 $0.09 $0.57
1984 $0.08 $0.53
1983 $0.08 $0.52
1982 $0.09 $0.41
1981 $0.07 $0.37
1980 $0.06 $0.32
1979 $0.05 $0.25

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


In 2015, Los Angeles County consumed 69.5 billion Kilowatt hours of electricity (29.1% of that for residential use). The county leads California in electricity consumption, accounting for 24.6% of statewide consumption. Source: California Energy Commission


In 2015, Los Angeles County consumed 2.8 billion therms of natural gas (38.4% of that for residential use). The county leads California in natural gas consumption, accounting for 28.1% of statewide consumption. Source: California Energy Commission


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.