U.S. Electric Utility Companies and Rates: Look-up by Zipcode (Feb 2011)

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This dataset, compiled by NREL and Ventyx, provides average residential, commercial and industrial electricity rates by zip code for both investor owned utilities (IOU) and non-investor owned utilities. Note: the file includes average rates for each utility, but not the detailed rate structure data found in the database available via the zip-code look-up feature on the OpenEI Utilities page (http://en.openei.org/wiki/Gateway:Utilities). The data was released by NREL/Ventyx in February 2011.

Source NREL and Ventyx
Date Released February 24th, 2012 (3 years ago)
Date Updated Unknown

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There are a couple of utilities listed that don't exist anymore. Carolina Power & Light hasn't existed for a VERY long time. It became Progress Energy Carolinas in the late 90's, and then after 15 years of that has merged with Duke Energy (although to be fair to the 2011 claim the Duke merger hadn't happened yet). Come on, that's really not good.

Full Data Set by Dweidber, June 10, 2013 

Great Data!  Where do we get the full dataset? 

Does anyone know if this file includes supply rates only, or supply + transmission + distribution? Thanks!

Units? by Adabhael, October 30, 2012 

Unless I am missing something, these data do not appear to state the units.  This page describes them as "Average utility rates by zip code." But I cannot seem to find a more specific declaration, which  which makes the set pretty hard to use.  I suspect these $/MWh? Are they Current 2012 dollars, or 2011 dollars or what?

Units and year by Sfomail, March 21, 2013 

Hi Adabhael,Sorry about the confusion. The data is in $/MWh and all prices are reflected in 2011 dollars.

More Complete Data? by Sethekaye, October 18, 2012 

This is pretty helpful, but if anyone knows of a dataset with more complete data (per Ewilson's comment below) and/or detailed shapefiles with electric utility service area/territories detailed beyond zip down to the address for lookup/GIS/mapping, please tweet me @SethEKaye and I'll send my email. Thanks!

Missing utilities by Ewilson, September 7, 2012 

FYI, there are several utilities not included in these csv files.For example:

Ameren Illinois Company has utility ID #56697
NSTAR Electric Company has utility ID #54913

The highest EiaUtilityId in these csv files is 49998, so any utilities with larger ID#s will not be in them (and therefore cannot be found via zip code look-up).