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Electricity In Alaska

  • Population731,545
  • Total Consumption5,862,466 MWh / 8.01 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions2,732,127,421 kg
  • Total Production5,686,556 MWh / 7.77 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Alaska

Alaska residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in November.

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.240/kWh$0.203/kWh$179.75/mo.$103.96/mo.
51st22.63¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Alaska
42nd$133.07Average residential monthly electricity bill for Alaska Residents

Energy Profile of Alaska

Alaska's Electricity Prices and Usage

Alaska's average residential electricity rate in 2021 is 22.63 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 69.78% above the United States average rate of 13.33 cents.. Residents in the state don’t have much choice in their electricity provider due to the fact that Alaska has a regulated electricity market based on the consumer’s home address. Overall, residents living in state use a grand total of over 5,800,000 megawatt hours for their electricity needs. Chugach Electric has 131,013 total residential customers, which is more than all other vendors who operate in the state . Citizens in the state consume 8.01 megawatt hours of electricity each, which is the 44th largest amount of electricity use per capita in the nation. About 33.41% of the states’ electricity is generated from sustainable fuel sources, ranking them as the 45th highest state for total sustainable electricity production.

Residential Electricity Providers in Alaska

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Chugach Electric21.1572.14681,913144,250,4001,465,124.772,105,401,483.04
Matanuska Electric Association21.45132.3448,92396,280,657757,505.23331,189,177.97
Golden Valley Electric25.55154.49290,05674,121,337910,3581,555,861,259.98
Homer Electric Association28.71145.15172,16849,432,904443,686211,027,470.21
Alaska Electric Light & Power Company12.22108.18158,77119,397,484124,714317,520,997.53
KPU Ketchikan11.61111.0874,4648,645,22792,477119,098,121.85
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative48.07219.9943,63420,975,567114,614137,609,245.2
City of Sitka Utilities18.58161.3139,5707,352,000109,9276,417,852.9
Kodiak Electric Association Inc17.46111.3737,7376,588,000151,1017,576,541.2
Alaska Power and Telephone30.10121.2327,0378,138,84965,20746,236,312.6

Power Plants in Alaska

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Anchorage municipality Natural Gas 729,085335,788,565.14460.56No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
North Pole Waste/other Oil 499,193327,160,765.53655.38YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Conventional Hydroelectric 466,63528,774,034.2561.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
George M Sullivan Generation Plant 2Chugach Electric (100.00%)
Anchorage municipality Natural Gas 447,493212,983,264.48475.95No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Kenai Natural Gas 404,839190,688,195.32471.02No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Healy CDP Coal 357,525496,138,970.81,387.7No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
SnettishamAlaska Industrial Dev&Exp Auth (100.00%)
Juneau and Conventional Hydroelectric 283,19717,462,731.2461.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Matanuska-Susitna Borough Conventional Hydroelectric 170,18110,493,827.3461.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Kodiak Island Borough Conventional Hydroelectric 126,4197,795,347.4261.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Tyee Lake Hydroelectric FacilitySoutheast Alaska Power Agency (100.00%)
Angoon Conventional Hydroelectric 89,6575,528,507.1661.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Alaska generates 97.00% of their needed electricity and must import the additional 3.00% from other states.

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Alaska generates the 32nd highest average of electricity per capita from natural gas, with the fuel source accounting for 1.01 megawatt hours a year per capita.

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Alaska produces 33.41% of its electricity from renewable fuel types, or 2.6 megawatt hours per citizen each year.

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The state of Alaska is the 41st highest producer of electricity sourced from coal.

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Alaska is the 49th largest producer of electricity in the nation, producing 5,686,556.18 megawatt hours.

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Alaska generates 66.65% of their electricity from non-renewable fuel sources. This equates to 5.18 megawatt hours per citizen and ranks Alaska as the 41st highest state for non-renewable generation per capita a year.

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Aleutians East Borough3,3374178.65$260.26/mo
Aleutians West Census Area5,6341441.21$166.37/mo
Anchorage Municipality288,0002721.19$111.27/mo
Bethel Census Area18,3869564.48$219.56/mo
Bristol Bay Borough83611No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Denali Borough2,0971225.55$154.49/mo
Dillingham Census Area4,9163346.73$206.92/mo
Fairbanks North Star Borough96,8492553.60$203.89/mo
Haines Borough2,5302No DataIcon representing missing value.46.49$162.58/mo
Hoonah-Angoon Census Area2,1481369.57$141.84/mo
Juneau City and Borough31,9742812.22$108.18/mo
Kenai Peninsula Borough58,7082824.93$126.68/mo
Ketchikan Gateway Borough13,9011611.61$111.08/mo
Kodiak Island Borough12,9982732.76$165.68/mo
Kusilvak Census Area8,31411048.07$219.99/mo
Lake and Peninsula Borough1,5922178.37$226.75/mo
Matanuska-Susitna Borough108,3171121.45$132.30/mo
Nome Census Area10,0043944.57$187.77/mo
North Slope Borough9,8323947.36$129.88/mo
Northwest Arctic Borough7,6213751.20$234.38/mo
Petersburg Borough3,2661210.20$129.88/mo
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area6,2032729.55$121.66/mo
Sitka City and Borough8,4931No DataIcon representing missing value.18.58$161.31/mo
Skagway Municipality1,1834342.49$145.92/mo
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area6,8931425.55$154.49/mo
Valdez-Cordova Census Area9,20251056.35$159.96/mo
Wrangell City and Borough2,5022No DataIcon representing missing value.61.82$202.00/mo
Yakutat City and Borough5791148.07$219.99/mo
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area5,23010269.47$210.46/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Emitting 2,732,127,421.14 kilograms of CO2 emissions, the state of Alaska is the 49th worst in the country for total emissions from electricity use. This total also can be equated to a ranking of 36th highest in the United States for emissions per resident with an average of 3,734.74 kilograms of emissions citizen. About 38.39% of Alaska’s electricity is produced using Natural Gas. Secondary fuels used during electricity generation include Conventional Hydroelectric at 30.19% and Coal at 12.94% of production. Alaska is home to 126 electricity producing plants, which is the 25th highest number of plants in a state and the 1st highest number of plants per capita in a state.

NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
38.39%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
30.19%
COAL
Coal
Coal
12.94%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
Distillate Fuel Oil
8.17%
WASTE/OTHER OIL
Waste/other Oil
7.01%
OTHER
Other
3.35%

Alaska Net Metering

Approximately 11.32% of the electricity providers in Alaska offer net metering to their consumers. At the state level, Alaska has highly restricted regulations for consumers interested in purchasing solar panels.

Energy Loss

The average energy loss for electricity providers in Alaska is 4.89%. This includes data from 39 companies, including Chugach Electric, Matanuska Electric Association, and Golden Valley Electric. For comparison, the US average energy loss is 2.72%. Alaska ranks 10th worst in the nation for grid efficiency based on energy loss.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

When it comes to stimulating home installs of solar, tax and rebate incentives from the government are some of the easiest methods. Alaska offers a credit that is $1000 or less or there is no state tax. The state offers no rebates to consumers who are installing solar. Unfortunately, citizens in the state are only offered some optional tax exemptions for what they spend on private solar purchases. Consumers in the state do not have access to a sales tax exemption when purchasing solar.

State Level Initiatives

Whether a consumer is able to seek out electricity plans with renewable fuel sources is at least somewhat determined by state level legislation. Many states require green fuel types to be a portion of the fuel used for electricity production by providers in the state. These requirements are known as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). The state of Alaska does not currently have any standards established that suppliers have to follow. Additionally, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that assist with the installation of solar panels at low income households.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Alaska

What is a good electricity rate in Alaska?

The average electricity price paid by residents of Alaska in 2021 is 22.63 cents per kilowatt hour.

Where does Alaska get its electricity?

Alaska’s electricity is produced using primarily Natural Gas, which makes up 38.39% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuels are Conventional Hydroelectric and Coal, which make up 30.19% and 12.94% of total generation respectively.

Which electricity company is the largest supplier in Alaska?

The largest electricity company in Alaska by megawatt hours sold is Chugach Electric.

How many power plants are located within Alaska?

There are 126 active electricity plants located in Alaska

What power companies offer service in Alaska?

State Customers RankArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.ProviderArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.State CustomersArrow DownBlue arrow pointing down.
1Chugach Electric131,013
2Matanuska Electric Association67,271
3Golden Valley Electric47,261
4Homer Electric Association32,684
5Alaska Electric Light & Power Company17,447
6Alaska Village Electric Cooperative11,503
7Alaska Power and Telephone8,168
8KPU Ketchikan7,845
9Kodiak Electric Association Inc6,132
10City of Sitka Utilities5,819

How many electric companies offer service in Alaska?

Alaska has 53 electricity suppliers serving consumers in the area.

Does Alaska have a deregulated electricity market?

No, Alaska has a regulated electricity market where consumers often have only a single provider choice for their electricity needs.

What is the average electric bill in Alaska?

The average electric bill in Alaska in 2021 is $133 while the national average is $120.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Alaska?

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1Petersburg Power Plant10.202,196
2Wrangell, Alaska Electric Utility11.432,072
3KPU Ketchikan11.617,845
4Alaska Electric Light & Power Company12.2217,447
5Metlakatla Power & Light14.68939
6Barrow Utilities & Electric Cooperative15.492,040
7North Slope Borough Power & Light16.931,209
8Kodiak Electric Association Inc17.466,132
9City of Sitka Utilities18.585,819
10Chugach Electric21.15131,013

Last Reviewed By: Ginalyn Gelera
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-14