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This also gives you a good feel for where rooftop solar would be a better choice.
 

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I'm afraid that this falls a bit short. I pay only 2/3 of what this page says electricity costs in my state. It would be better to look at your electric bill.

EIA is a pretty good resource overall though. They're very non-partisan, a rare thing in gubmint these days.
 

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The data doesn't match my experience at all in the two states I've recently lived. In TX I was paying ~30-40% less than their quoted rate (deregulated, lots of choices of providers), in WA I'm paying ~25% more (no choice here).

That said, elsewhere in WA state I know the rates do get pretty cheap, but most of the population in the state probably pays way over the stated rate there.
 
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You'd think there would be more electric vehicles sold here in BC, the local Chevy dealer doesn't even sell them although the Honda, Nissan and Hyundai dealer does and I'm sure Toyota as well (maybe others but I haven't checked). We have good rebates (off the top), good scrap it (if limited in numbers) trade in offers, low electricity rates (lower than anything on the list, electricity all by clean hydro), high gas prices (some of the highest in Canada), towns with free charging stations but we have car dealers, salesmen that don't push them. Go figure.
 

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The general public is still pretty ignorant about EV's.

I've had friends ask me if I can drive the Volt on the freeway in EV mode. As if it's like a golf cart and won't go fast enough. Another friend asked me if I could drive the Volt in the wintertime, as if for some reason it just won't go when it's cold out, or some such thing.

As for the rate charts, they don't show the available Off Peak rates. Before adding in the taxes and fees, we pay just 4.25 cents per kWh, about a third the 12.71 cents that the chart shows for Minnesota.

Our peak rate is higher though than 12.71, at about 17 cents, but our last bill showed we used 4 times as much electricity during Off Peak, than Peak hours. So it averages out well under 12.71 per kwh.

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I can't be sure, but I think the chart includes all taxes and fees in the average price. I pay about 7 cents per kWh before fees and taxes, and 14.5 after fees and taxes, and the average rate for my state on the chart is 14.2 cents.
 
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