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11/28/2011 05:18 pm ET

Con Edison Charges More Than Double The National Average

As the country's most expensive city to live in, New Yorkers are accustomed to paying a bit extra, whether it be for luxury dog runs or high-end sushi meals.

But paying more than twice the national average for simple electricity? To the continuing dismay of New Yorkers' wallets, a new report by The Post reveals such to indeed be true. While the national average has remained steady, Con Edison jacked up energy prices to 25.85 cents per kilowatt hour, a 9.8 percent increase from last year.

The rest of the country pays an average of 11.54 cents.

When questioned for the reasoning behind the cost disparity, spokesman Chris Olert told Gothamist to refer to New York's high taxes and labor costs. Olert said:

Our reliability is top-notch. We are in one of the financial, media, and fashion capitals of the world and our reliability is second to none. It takes a considerable amount of money to maintain that high quality.

The only locations that charge more than New York are in Alaska, Hawaii, small New England islands, and a lone ski resort in California.

While the numbers may seem alarming, it is worth noting that New Yorkers do use a ton of energy. This past summer, city dwellers shattered records by using 13,189 megawatts during a heatwave, which is more than enough energy to send the Delorean back to the future.

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