Average retail electric rates in the United States could climb to as much as 11 cents per kilowatt-hour by 2030, up from about 10 cents currently, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The Obama administration clean power plan, currently under a Supreme Court stay as it is litigated, would dramatically alter the power generation landscape. It would speed coal-burning generation retirements, already well underway.
If the clean power plan is implemented as intended in 2022, retail rates at that time will average 10.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to the EIA.
Where they go from there will largely depend on various approaches to implementation.