Delaware energy costs bite residents, businesses

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Source: WalletHub

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Delaware ranks as the 12th most expensive state when it comes to energy.

The report from WalletHub ranked Connecticut as the most expensive state, with the District of Columbia ranking 51st.

Climate had something to do with the rankings, with California in 42nd place, despite stiff emissions standards and high gasoline prices. Alaska, despite a vast supply of oil, also ranked had high in energy costs for obvious reasons.

Oregon and Washington, which have generous supplies of cheap hydroelectric power, also ranked near the bottom.

Delaware’s ranking was dragged down by having the sixth highest electricity rate. That more than offset its relatively low gasoline costs.

Neighboring New Jersey and Pennsylvania ranked 20th and 23rd respectively in energy costs. Energy-rich Texas ranked 22nd.

Electricity costs have been a controversial topic in Delaware, thanks to the state’s renewable energy mandates and an agreement that used energy from Bloom Energy fuel cells that shows up on Delmarva Power bills.

High electricity costs have been blamed in some quarters for Delaware’s sluggish economic performance.

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