Electricity -- End Use and Average Retail Prices: 1960 to 2005

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 911):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 33 rows and 47 columns.

Beginning 2003, the category “other” has been replaced by “transportation,” and the categories “commercial” and “industrial” have been redefined. Data represent revenue from electricity retail sales divided by the amount of retail electricity sold (in kilowatthours). Prices include State and local taxes, energy or demand charges, customer service charges, environmental surcharges, franchise fees, fuel adjustments, and other miscellaneous charges applied to end-use customers during normal billing operations. Prices do not include deferred charges, credits, or other adjustments, such as fuel or revenue from purchased power, from previous reporting periods. Through 1979, data are for Classes A and B privately owned electric utilities only. For 1980-1982, data are for selected Class A utilities whose electric operating revenues were $100 million or more during the previous year. For 1983, data are for a selected sample of electric utilities. Beginning in 1984, data are for a census of electric utilities. Beginning in 1996, data also include energy service providers selling to retail customers


  1. Preliminary.
  2. The sum of “total retail sales” and “direct use.”
  3. Use of electricity that is 1) self-generated, 2) produced by either the same entity that consumes the
    power or an affiliate, and 3) used in direct support of a service or industrial process located within the same
    facility or group of facilities that house the generating equipment. Direct use is exclusive of station use.
  4. Electricity retail sales to ultimate customers reported by electric utilities and, beginning in 1996, other
    energy service providers.
  5. Includes public street and highway lighting, interdepartmental sales, and other sales to public
  6. Beginning 2003, includes agriculture and irrigation.
  7. Includes sales to railroads and railways.
  8. Beginning 2003, includes public street and highway lighting, interdepartmental sales, and other sales to
    public authorities.
  9. Public street and highway lighting, interdepartmental sales, other sales to public authorities, agriculture
    and irrigation, and transportation including railroads and railways.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.