LAT: California electric bill shock: Private firms charge way more than public utilities

Article originally appeared June 14, 2015 in the Los Angeles Times

In Sacramento, a family using 500 kilowatt hours of electricity last October was charged $58. Customers in Los Angeles, also served by a public utility district, paid $79.

A Southern California Edison worker fixes a severed power line in Torrance. A survey of electricity providers shows bills are higher at investor-owned utilities such as Edison.
Photo Credit: (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Pacific Gas & Electric charged $93 for the same amount of power. Southern California Edison billed customers $97. And San Diego Gas & Electric topped the Southern California Public Power Authority survey at $116 for 500 kilowatt hours.

The comparison of rates charged by public and private electricity providers in California shows a notable discrepancy in the amounts customers pay for power, depending on where they live and which provider serves them.


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