Electricity in Alaska

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Alaska

  • Population
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    733,391
  • Total Production
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    5,943,527 MWh / 8.1 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    5,965,589 MWh / 8.13 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    1,810,433 MWh / 2.47 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    2,721,604,735 kg / 3,710.99 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    4,136,527 MWh / 5.64 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 Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.240/kWh$0.203/kWh$179.75/mo.$103.96/mo.
48th22.72¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Alaska
40th$133.18Average residential monthly electricity bill for Alaska Residents

Energy Profile of Alaska

Alaska's Electricity Prices and Usage

The Alaska residential electricity rate in 2022 currently averages 22.72 cents per kilowatt hour while the national average price is 13.99 cents. Alaska ranks as the 48th lowest priced state in the United States based on average electric rate. Consumers in the state don't have much choice in their electricity company due to the fact that Alaska has a regulated electricity market based on the resident's home address. With annual production of 5,943,527.08 megawatt hours, Alaska is the 49th largest generator of electricity in the country. Renewable fuel usage for electricity production has fallen by 6.27% throughout the past year in Alaska. The state ranks as the 49th highest polluting state in the country based on total CO2 output, with over 2,721,604,734.6 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity consumption. Chugach Electric sells 2,647,738 megawatt hours in the state each year, which is more than any other vendor.

Residential Electricity Providers in Alaska

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Chugach ElectricBUNDLED20.59100.63712,500146,722,8861,481,973.77
Matanuska Electric AssociationBUNDLED21.53132.25454,56597,869,778757,505.23
Golden Valley ElectricBUNDLED27.76166.46288,97880,222,566899,478
Homer Electric AssociationBUNDLED28.15143.11175,08749,288,764443,686
Alaska Electric Light & Power CompanyBUNDLED12.05109.2163,76519,726,445124,714
KPU KetchikanBUNDLED11.73115.576,9669,030,40892,477
Alaska Village Electric CooperativeBUNDLED48.24230.1145,12021,764,220114,614
City of Sitka UtilitiesBUNDLED17.07156.4141,409.497,070,161.35
Kodiak Electric Association IncBUNDLED17.43113.8338,7336,753,000151,101
Alaska Power and TelephoneBUNDLED34.08135.9926,7249,108,81465,450

Power Plants in Alaska

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
North Pole Waste/other Oil 464,977292,454,333.18628.97Yes
Healy CDP Coal 373,973507,743,035.431,357.7
University of Alaska FairbanksUniversity of Alaska (100.00%)
College CDP Coal 70,97241,111,668.02579.27
Tesoro Kenai Cogeneration PlantTesoro Alaska Company LLC (100.00%)
Nikiski CDP Natural Gas 64,87813,359,977.4205.92
Unalaska Distillate Fuel Oil 45,65430,290,834.79663.49
JBER Landfill Gas Power PlantDoyon Utilities, LLC (100.00%)
Anchorage municipality Landfill Gas 38,09320,691,388.73543.18
Westward SeafoodsWestward Seafoods Inc (100.00%)
Unalaska Distillate Fuel Oil 16,2915,147,657.26315.98
Beluga CDP Natural Gas 2,0497,336,181.723,580.37
Fort Greely Power PlantDoyon Utilities - Fort Greely (100.00%)
Fort Greely CDP Distillate Fuel Oil 59.7842,375.48708.86
Battery Energy Storage SystemGolden Valley Electric (100.00%)
Fairbanks Batteries or other use of electricity as an energy source -3,433

Quick Facts

Alaska is the 35th highest polluting state based on emissions per capita. The state emits 3,710.99 kilograms per person per year of CO2 gases.

Alaska is the 46th highest producer of megawatt hours produced using sustainable fuel sources.

Residents of the state consume over 5,900,000 megawatt hours for their electricity needs, making the state the 51st largest consumer of electricity in the United States.

Alaska ranks 43rd for electricity consumption per capita, with citizens consuming 8.13 megawatt hours per year per person.

With 733,391 residents living within the state and 5,943,527.08 megawatt hours produced per year, Alaska had a megawatt hour per capita production of 8.1 megawatt hours. This is the 40th highest megawatt hour per capita amount in the United States.

There was a 2.54% drop in CO2 emissions per capita within the previous year in Alaska.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Aleutians East Borough3,420435.47$148.05/mo
Aleutians West Census Area5,2323234.38$135.54/mo
Anchorage Municipality291,2473126.77$119.01/mo
Bethel Census Area18,6661160.23$210.96/mo
Bristol Bay Borough844234.08$135.99/mo
Chugach Census Area7,102530.64$125.65/mo
Copper River Census Area2,617430.70$125.62/mo
Denali Borough1,6192133.63$138.18/mo
Dillingham Census Area4,857442.55$187.99/mo
Fairbanks North Star Borough95,6553346.36$178.71/mo
Haines Borough2,080246.15$161.69/mo
Hoonah-Angoon Census Area2,365335.85$135.35/mo
Juneau City and Borough32,255322.76$122.23/mo
Kenai Peninsula Borough58,7993233.74$136.40/mo
Ketchikan Gateway Borough13,948222.95$125.78/mo
Kodiak Island Borough13,101533.25$160.39/mo
Kusilvak Census Area8,368241.14$182.89/mo
Lake and Peninsula Borough1,476834.29$136.43/mo
Matanuska-Susitna Borough107,081232.65$135.56/mo
Nome Census Area10,046541.20$183.30/mo
North Slope Borough11,031452.22$146.10/mo
Northwest Arctic Borough7,793441.17$183.11/mo
Petersburg Borough3,398232.29$136.01/mo
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area5,753233.32$136.02/mo
Sitka City and Borough8,458225.23$146.62/mo
Skagway Municipality1,240343.46$144.68/mo
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area6,8082133.62$138.24/mo
Wrangell City and Borough2,127346.44$162.57/mo
Yakutat City and Borough662241.02$182.11/mo
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area5,343964.06$165.09/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Alaska is home to 10 electricity producing plants, which is the 49th highest in the country and 14th most when counting plants per person. Power generating facilities in the state most often use Natural Gas, which makes up 41.03% (or 2,438,640.34 megawatt hours) of the fuel types used for electricity generation in the state. Secondary fuels used during electricity generation include Conventional Hydroelectric at 27.68% and Coal at 13.67% of generation. Alaska residents average 3,710.99 kilograms of CO2 emissions per resident from electricity consumption. This comes to a total pollution amount from electricity use of 2,721,604,734.6 kilograms of CO2 emissions.

NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
41.03%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
27.68%
COAL
Coal
Coal
13.67%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
Distillate Fuel Oil
8.21%
WASTE/OTHER OIL
Waste/other Oil
6.68%
OTHER
Other
2.79%

Alaska Net Metering

Of the 53 electricity suppliers in Alaska, 7 of them report that they offer net metering. The state has heavily restricted net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other types of electricity generation more affordable.

Energy Loss

The average energy loss for electricity companies in Alaska is 3.93%. This includes data from 10 companies, including Chugach Electric, Matanuska Electric Association, and Golden Valley Electric. With a United States average of 2.76%, Alaska is the 36th best state in the country.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

In order to encourage personal solar, all a state needs to do is pass legislation with solar related tax and rebate incentives. Alaska offers a credit that is $1000 or less or there is no state tax. There are currently no state sponsored rebates available to citizens who are installing solar. The state only offers some optional tax exemptions for consumers. Citizens in the state do not have access to a sales tax exemption when purchasing private solar panels.

State Level Initiatives

Whether a consumer is able to easily purchase electricity plans with renewable fuel sources is at least partially determined by statewide initiatives. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) encourage or require electric providers to generate a percentage of their electricity using green fuel types. Unfortunately, Alaska has no standards in place at this time. Furthermore, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that help with the installation of solar panels at low income households.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Alaska

Where does Alaska get its electricity?

The main fuel type used for electricity generation in Alaska is Natural Gas, making up 41.03% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuel types are Conventional Hydroelectric and Coal, which account for 27.68% and 13.67% of total production respectively.

Does Alaska have a deregulated electricity market?

No, the state has a regulated market, where citizens' electricity supplier choices are often determined by their location or state legislation.

How much does electricity cost in Alaska?

The average rate per kilowatt hour of electricity in Alaska in 2022 is 22.72 cents.

What is the average electric bill in Alaska?

The Alaska average electricity bill is $133 so far in 2022.

How many electric companies offer service in Alaska?

Alaska has 53 electricity companies operating in the area.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Alaska?

What electricity company is the largest provider in Alaska?

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

How many power plants are in Alaska?

Alaska has 10 active power plants generating electricity for the state.

Last Reviewed By: Ginalyn Gelera
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-02