Japan tops survey of electricity prices

According to the International Electricity Prices survey, undertaken annually by the Electricity Association in the UK, Japan reported the highest prices–and South Africa the lowest–of the 24 countries included.

More than 40 utilities are surveyed to compare average electricity prices and other tariff information. All prices are determined on a like-for-like bases, calculated by the Electricity Association, the utilities themselves or the appropriate national organizations. When more than one tariff is available to customers, the lowest tariff is used. The survey gathers data on both industrial and domestic prices, which are included in a full report along with a description of the electricity industry and tariff structures in each country and a selection of information on generations, sales and key national statistics for perspective.

For industrial pricing, the five most expensive countries are Japan, Germany, Austria, Italy and Portugal. The five least expensive are South Africa, Sweden, Canada, Norway and New Zealand. For domestic electricity pricing, the five most expensive countries are Japan, Belgium, Germany, France and Denmark. The five least expensive are South Africa, New Zealand, the US, Australia and Norway.

The complete report is available from the Business Information Center, Electricity Association, 30 Millbank, London SW1P 4RD, UK.