California Utilities Charge Higher Rates for Electricity Usage

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Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate

Dear Call Box: I was reading about the cost of electricity in California. I don't get it. They're talking about rates that are just about as low as what we're paying in Jacksonville. What is the big concern about California, unless they had cheap power for a long time. What does the rest of the nation pay for power? -- D.S.

Dear D.S. JEA produces a survey of rates among 60 electric utilities. Some of the highest rates in this survey are being charged by California electric utilities. Highest on the list is San Diego Gas & Electric Co. at $141.28 per 1,000 kilowatt hours. Also high on the list is Southern California Edison at $118.91. The Los Angeles municipal utility, the largest municipal electric utility in the nation, charges $104.69.

JEA charges $68.15 per 1,000 kilowatt hours and has not had an electric rate increase in more than 10 years, said spokesman Bruce Dugan. Meanwhile, power supply is not an immediate problem here. Two new generating units will come on line in May near Baldwin fueled mostly by natural gas.

For more information on JEA and its rates, see its Web site: www.jea.com. Under the JEA Customers heading, click on Rates. …