I am truly curious. I keep hearing about the problems in California, and one report (the only one I heard to mention real numbers) said one company had their rates go from $.03/kwh to $9.00/kwh when they did not shut down during a choice blackout. Now I understand that the percent increase is astonishing, but the base price is also rather amazing. Here in Vermont we are paying between $.11 and $.18/kwh, depending on how much you use. We pay higher rates in the winter to encourage conservation. What IS the rate in California? And in the rest of the world as well?