January 06, 2011
Where Power Costs Are Out Of Control
Power costs for industrial users increased an average of 42% from 2000-2009, or a compound annual inflation rate of 3.9%, based on our analysis of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) serving at least 50 industrial customers. But the costs of some power providers grew at a faster rate…a much faster rate!
The nearby map shows the areas of the U.S. in which IOUs experienced the fastest rising average cost per kilowatt hour for industrial customers.
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It probably comes as no surprise that most of these providers are in the Northeast, but there are also pockets of fast-rising costs in southwest Indiana, the Florida panhandle, and eastern Washington.
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The average cost per kWh for industrial customers rose by 204% at Niagara Mohawk Power in New York, the steepest increase. This undoubtedly adds to the pall hanging over the Empire State from mounting debts and a punishing
tax environment.
Average costs are not only rising rapidly in New York, but the state
is also burdened with very expensive electricity.
The map below pinpoints the ten investor-owned power providers with the highest average cost per kWh for industrial customers in the continental U.S. Once again, these high-cost providers are concentrated in the Northeast. The lone exception is southern California.
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