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Residential Electric Rates In WV Sixth Lowest In Nation In 2013

Reported: Apr. 1, 2014 3:58 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 2, 2014 12:44 PM EDT

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – West Virginia makes a lot of unenviable lists, but here is one that people can be happy about – having among the lowest residential electric rates.

Mountain State residents paid the sixth lowest residential electric rates in the country for the full year of 2013, according to a news release from the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The commission citied the most recent study of average annual electric rates by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Virginians paid less for electricity than residents in any of the surrounding states. The average 2013 retail price of electricity in West Virginia was 9.52 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) compared to 13.24 cents in Maryland, 12.82 cents in Pennsylvania, 11.91 cents in Ohio, 10.83 cents in Virginia and 9.71 cents in Kentucky.

The only states where residential customers paid less for electricity in 2013 were Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, North Dakota and Washington, all which ranged between 8.67 and 9.51 cents per kWh. On the other end of the scale in the continental United States, New York residential customers paid 18.84 cents per kWh, followed by Connecticut, Vermont, California and New Hampshire, all of which had average rates in excess of 16 cents per kWh for 2013.

In West Virginia, a typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh of electricity per month received an average electric bill of $95.20 in 2013. Meanwhile, a customer in the five continental U.S. states with the highest rates paid from $163.60 to $188.40 per month in 2013 for using the same amount of electricity.

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