FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2023
Electricity Price Inflation Rate of 11.9 Percent Continues to Outpace the CPI
Consumers Urge Federal and State Support for Electricity Transmission Competition in the Fight Against Inflation and Oppose Electric Utility Monopolies Who Are Against Competition
WASHINGTON – The latest inflation data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the long-term trend of electricity price inflation has continued into 2023, despite cooling in the overall rate of inflation. The January Consumer Price Index (CPI) measured annualized electricity services inflation at 11.9%, in contrast to overall CPI which increased by only 6.4% on a 12-month basis. The soaring cost of electricity is a large reason why one sixth of U.S. households are behind on their energy bills.
In a statement, Paul Cicio, Chair of the Electricity Transmission Competition Coalition, said: “Electricity price inflation is driven by substantial increases in transmission costs that burden households and businesses with higher monthly electric bills and FERC’s transmission NOPR will only make things worse.”
“We hope that FERC and State legislatures will take the necessary steps to confront long-run electricity price inflation and support transmission competition, which is endorsed by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. All transmission projects that are 100 kV or larger should be competitively bid to reduce costs to the consumer.”
Competitively bid electricity transmission projects have been shown to reduce costs to consumers by up to 40 percent according to The Brattle Group. The U.S. will need to spend $2.1 trillion on transmission to reach its net-zero goals by 2050 according to Princeton University, which means that electricity transmission competition could save as much as $840 billion for Americans. The electric utility industry is opposed to competition and supports the FERC NOPR.
About the Electricity Transmission Competition Coalition
The Electricity Transmission Competition Coalition (ETCC) is a broad-based, nation-wide coalition committed to increasing competition in America’s electricity transmission infrastructure. We advocate for common-sense policies and solutions that result in competitively priced transmission projects, which reduce energy costs for all ratepayers – from large manufacturers to residential consumers. The ETCC represents a diverse group of more than 86 companies and organizations from all 50 states, including manufacturing groups, retail electric consumers, state consumer advocates, public power representatives, think tanks, and non-incumbent transmission developers.
For more information, visit: www.electricitytransmissioncompetitioncoalition.org.
 Brattle Group: Cost Savings Offered by Competition in Electric Transmission, https://www.brattle.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/16726_cost_savings_offered_by_competition_in_electric_transmission.pdf
 NET-ZERO AMERICA: Potential Pathways, Infrastructure, and Impacts, Princeton University, https://netzeroamerica.princeton.edu/?explorer=year&state=national&table=2020&limit=200