Gasoline in Western New York is typically 10-20 cents more than the national average, and at least a few pennies more than in other upstate towns like Albany, which I’m somewhat familiar with. I’m told that it’s because we’re at the end of a long gasoline pipeline and so we pay for the cost of that extra pumping. Sounds fishy. More likely, gasoline suppliers jack up the prices a bit because they can.
The average New Yorker pays over 17 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity (I pay 15 cents, yippee), the most expensive in the country except for Connecticut and Hawaii. The national average is almost 40% less.
Solar power costs in the sunbelt states are currently about 38 cents per kilowatt hour, higher here because we get less sunshine – on average, about half as much. We really can’t get a break when it comes to energy expense.
But we do have plenty of cheap water, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Nonetheless, before I die I still hope to be completely off the grid.