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Financial website <a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-energy-expensive-states/4833/">WalletHub</a> has listed the most and least expensive states for paying your energy bill. Midwestern and rural states were among the cheapest in the country for electricity, natural gas and fuel costs, but for the rest of the United States energy rates vary wildly from state to state.

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Financial website <a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-energy-expensive-states/4833/">WalletHub</a> has listed the most and least expensive states for paying your energy bill. Midwestern and rural

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<b>Cheapest: No. 1 Colorado</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $301<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $83<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $48<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $171

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<b>Cheapest: No. 1 Colorado</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $301<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $83<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $48<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost:

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<b>Cheapest: No. 2 Washington</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $302<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $90<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $63<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $149

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<b>Cheapest: No. 2 Washington</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $302<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $90<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $63<br><br>
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<b>Cheapest: No. 3 Montana</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $305<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $83<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $54<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $168

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<b>Cheapest: No. 3 Montana</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $305<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $83<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $54<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost:

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<b>Cheapest: No. 4 Rhode Island</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $307<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $101<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $79<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $127<br><br>
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<b>Cheapest: No. 4 Rhode Island</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $307<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $101<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $79<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $127<br><br>
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<b>Cheapest: No. 5 Nebraska</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $312<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $95<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $45<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $127

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<b>Cheapest: No. 5 Nebraska</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $312<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $95<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $45<br><br>
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<b>Cheapest: No. 6 District of Columbia</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $314<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $91<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $97<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $125

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<b>Cheapest: No. 6 District of Columbia</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $314<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $91<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $97<br><br>
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<b>Cheapest: No. 7 Pennsylvania</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $317<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $109<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $68<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $140<br><br>
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<b>Cheapest: No. 7 Pennsylvania</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $317<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $109<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $68<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $140<br><br>
(Photo by Adam

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<b>Cheapest: No. 8 Arkansas</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $319<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $101<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $36<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $182<br><br>
(Photo by Daniel Schwen, Flickr)

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<b>Cheapest: No. 8 Arkansas</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $319<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $101<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $36<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $182<br><br>
(Photo by Daniel Schwen,

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<b>Cheapest: No. 9 Delaware</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $319<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $115<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $55<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $149

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<b>Cheapest: No. 9 Delaware</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $319<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $115<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $55<br><br>
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<b>Cheapest: No. 10 Iowa</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $319<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $96<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $57<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $166

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<b>Cheapest: No. 10 Iowa</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $319<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $96<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $57<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost:

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<b>Most expensive: No. 42 Texas</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $381<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $137<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $32<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $212

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<b>Most expensive: No. 42 Texas</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $381<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $137<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $32<br><br>
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<b>Most expensive: No. 43 Alaska</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $382<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $137<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $122<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $212

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<b>Most expensive: No. 43 Alaska</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $382<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $137<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $122<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost:

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<b>Most expensive: No. 44 Wyoming</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $383<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $87<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $52<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $244

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<b>Most expensive: No. 44 Wyoming</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $383<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $87<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $52<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost:

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<b>Most expensive: No. 45 West Virginia</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $386<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $100<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $51<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $235<br><br>(Photo by Andreas Faessler, Flickr)

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<b>Most expensive: No. 45 West Virginia</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $386<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $100<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $51<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $235<br><br>(Photo by

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<b>Most expensive: No. 46 Alabama</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $392<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $138<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $41<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $213<br><br>(Photo by spyder_monkey, Flickr)

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<b>Most expensive: No. 46 Alabama</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $392<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $138<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $41<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $213<br><br>(Photo by

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<b>Most expensive: No. 47 Oklahoma</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $401<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $109<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $36<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $255

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<b>Most expensive: No. 47 Oklahoma</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $401<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $109<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $36<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost:

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<b>Most expensive: No. 48 Georgia</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $403<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $123<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $63<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $217

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<b>Most expensive: No. 48 Georgia</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $403<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $123<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $63<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost:

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<b>Most expensive: No. 49 Connecticut</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $404<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $143<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $94<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $167

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<b>Most expensive: No. 49 Connecticut</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $404<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $143<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $94<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost:

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<b>Most expensive: No. 50 Mississippi</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $414<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $135<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $32<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $247<br><br>(Photo by Natalie Maynor, Flickr)

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<b>Most expensive: No. 50 Mississippi</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $414<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $135<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $32<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $247<br><br>(Photo by

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<b>Most expensive: No. 51 Hawaii</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $451<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $209<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $78<br><br>
Monthly fuel cost: $163

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<b>Most expensive: No. 51 Hawaii</b><br><br>
Total energy cost: $451<br><br>
Monthly electricity cost: $209<br><br>
Monthy natural gas cost: $78<br><br>
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NRG spinoff buys into giant California solar farm

A spinoff of NRG Energy is buying a 25 percent interest in the massive new Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in southern California for $285 million.

NRG, which is based out of Houston and New Jersey, formed NRG Yield in 2013 to own a mix of renewable and conventional power generation assets.

NRG Yield is buying the solar farm interest from GE Financial Services. The deal also includes the assumption of $287.4 million in project debt. The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, which opened in February, takes up six miles of land about 50 miles from the California-Arizona border.

“The acquisition of an interest in the largest operating solar farm in North America highlights not only our continued commitment to carbon-free generation, but also the strength of our acquisition capabilities to compete for contracted assets of world-class quality in a historically competitive marketplace,” NRG Chairman and CEO David Crane said in a prepared statement.

The deal, which is expected to close by the end of June, puts NRG in a partnership with Florida-based NextEra Energy and Japan’s Sumitomo Corp., who are the 50 percent and 25 percent owners of Desert Sunlight, respectively.