California Electricity Producers
California is the most populous state in the nation and the world's eighth largest economy. The state depends upon energy to meet the everyday needs of consumers and power economic growth. To ensure that the state's energy is safe, affordable, reliable, and clean, California has established regulatory oversight for the public and private companies that own and operate our energy supply.
The Energy Commission Siting main page provides current policies, data, and project information.
Electric Utility Companies
California is served by about 81 loadserving entities (LSEs). These are broken down as:
- Investor-Owned Utilities - 6
- Electricity Service Providers - 22
- Publicly Owned Utilities - 46
- Rural Electricity Cooperatives - 4
- Community Choice Aggregators - 3
A list of the utilities and other LSEs in California is online at: http://energyalmanac.ca.gov/electricity/utilities.html
The Energy Commission's electric utility maps main page shows where power plants are physically located.
The five largest utilities and total electricity consumption (in 2014) are:
- Southern California Edison Company (SCE) - 82,849 million kilowatt-hours
- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) - 82,840 million kilowatt-hours
- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) - 27,628 million kilowatt-hours
- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) - 17,670 million kilowatt-hours
- Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - 10,319 million kilowatt-hours
California's major electric utilities send power through roughly 200,000 miles of overhead transmission and distribution lines and an additional 70,000 miles of underground lines. For a map of the major transmission lines, please see the On-Line Energy Maps page.
In 2014, California companies produced about 68 percent of its electricity from power plants located within our state and from plants that are outside of the state but owned by California utilities. The total electricity imported from the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest, not counting California-owned plants, was 94,360 gigawatt-hours.
The installed capacity of the 1,051 in-state power plants (greater than 0.1 megawatts - MW) totals 86,883 MW. These plants produced 198,908 gigawatt-hours of electricity in 2014.