Electricity In Alaska

  • Population731,545
  • Total Consumption5,916,440 MWh / 8.09 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption2,691,467,049 kg
  • Total Production6,060,384 MWh / 8.28 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.
50th22.55¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Alaska
39th$132.44Average residential monthly electricity bill for Alaska Residents

Energy Profile of Alaska

Alaska's Electricity Prices and Usage

Alaska's average residential electricity rate in 2022 is 22.55 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 65.62% above the United States average rate of 13.62 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 5,900,000 megawatt hours for their electricity needs. With 144,043 total residential customers, Chugach Electric is the largest supplier in the state. The US average monthly residential power bill is $121.91, while the Alaska average is $132.44 per month. Alaska ranks 39th in the country for best average monthly bill total. There are over 2,691,467,049.01 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity consumption in the state, which is enough to make Alaska the 49th worst CO2 emitting state in the US based on total kilograms emitted.

Residential Electricity Providers in Alaska

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Chugach ElectricBUNDLED20.86102.87718,499149,862,6661,480,946.77
Matanuska Electric AssociationBUNDLED21.43132.18452,62897,009,344757,505.23
Golden Valley ElectricBUNDLED26.18158.03290,33776,008,986884,836
Homer Electric AssociationBUNDLED28.16143.54174,60749,167,175443,686
Alaska Electric Light & Power CompanyBUNDLED12.16108159,71219,426,300124,714
KPU KetchikanBUNDLED11.66111.5674,5178,690,72592,477
Alaska Village Electric CooperativeBUNDLED47.14217.6243,78920,641,246114,614
City of Sitka UtilitiesBUNDLED17.07156.4141,409.497,070,161.35
Kodiak Electric Association IncBUNDLED17.43112.2938,2456,665,000151,101
Alaska Power and TelephoneBUNDLED32.04129.1826,9808,644,40965,450

Power Plants in Alaska

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Southcentral Power ProjectChugach Electric (100.00%)
Anchorage municipality Natural Gas 822,673345,218,123.04419.63
Anchorage municipality Natural Gas 729,085335,788,565.14460.56
Kenai Peninsula Borough Conventional Hydroelectric 466,635
North Pole Waste/other Oil 448,785280,902,146.34625.92Yes
George M Sullivan Generation Plant 2Chugach Electric (100.00%)
Anchorage municipality Natural Gas 447,493212,983,158.36475.95
Kenai Natural Gas 404,839190,688,195.32471.02
Healy CDP Coal 375,523510,099,394.941,358.37
SnettishamAlaska Industrial Dev&Exp Auth (100.00%)
Juneau and Conventional Hydroelectric 283,197
Aurora Energy LLC ChenaAurora Energy LLC (100.00%)
Fairbanks Coal 188,212230,701,597.021,225.75
Matanuska-Susitna Borough Conventional Hydroelectric 170,181

Quick Facts

Alaska averages 8.09 megawatt hours used per year per person. The state is 44th for megawatt hours consumed per person.

The 4,296,226.46 megawatt hours of electricity created by non-renewable fuel sources puts Alaska at 46th worst in the United States in non-renewable power production.

Electricity production from the burning of coal as a fuel totals 811,138.02 megawatt hours, giving Alaska the 39th position in the nationwide rankings.

Alaska produces 70.89% of their electricity from non-renewable fuel sources. This equates to 5.87 megawatt hours per citizen and places Alaska as the 38th highest state for non-renewable generation per capita per year.

Alaska has seen a 0.80% population decline in the previous 12 months.

Alaska has seen a 1.84% increase in the burning of non-renewable fuel sources for electricity production during the past 12 months.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Aleutians East Borough3,3372267.53$427.06/mo
Aleutians West Census Area5,6342437.41$132.15/mo
Anchorage Municipality288,0002820.93$106.58/mo
Bethel Census Area18,3863668.73$232.18/mo
Bristol Bay Borough83611
Denali Borough2,0971226.18$158.03/mo
Dillingham Census Area4,9163346.25$207.80/mo
Fairbanks North Star Borough96,8492755.25$208.87/mo
Haines Borough2,5302145.11$158.24/mo
Hoonah-Angoon Census Area2,1481464.04$127.50/mo
Juneau City and Borough31,9742812.16$108.00/mo
Kenai Peninsula Borough58,7081828.16$143.54/mo
Ketchikan Gateway Borough13,9011611.66$111.56/mo
Kodiak Island Borough12,9982732.28$164.96/mo
Kusilvak Census Area8,31411047.14$217.62/mo
Matanuska-Susitna Borough108,3171121.43$132.18/mo
Nome Census Area10,0041947.14$217.62/mo
North Slope Borough9,83221061.34$151.18/mo
Northwest Arctic Borough7,6212865.15$258.64/mo
Petersburg Borough3,2661210.29$136.21/mo
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area6,20321031.44$129.45/mo
Sitka City and Borough8,493117.07$156.41/mo
Skagway Municipality1,1834342.70$142.33/mo
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area6,8931526.18$158.03/mo
Valdez-Cordova Census Area9,20221027.15$115.20/mo
Wrangell City and Borough2,5022157.22$185.76/mo
Yakutat City and Borough5791147.14$217.62/mo
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area5,2305363.28$160.25/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Emitting 2,691,467,049.01 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 35th highest in the United States for emissions per resident with an average of 3,679.15 kilograms of emissions citizen. About 43.62% of Alaska’s electricity is produced using Natural Gas. Secondary fuels used during electricity generation include Conventional Hydroelectric at 26.47% and Coal at 13.38% of production. Alaska is home to 140 electricity producing plants, which is the 23rd 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
Natural Gas
43.62%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
26.47%
COAL
Coal
Coal
13.38%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
Distillate Fuel Oil
7.50%
WASTE/OTHER OIL
Waste/other Oil
6.39%
OTHER
Other
2.70%

Alaska Net Metering

Approximately 13.21% 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 3.93%. This includes data from 10 companies, including Chugach Electric, Matanuska Electric Association, and Golden Valley Electric. For comparison, the US average energy loss is 2.76%. Alaska ranks 16th best 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 2022 is 22.55 cents per kilowatt hour.

Where does Alaska get its electricity?

Alaska’s electricity is produced using primarily Natural Gas, which makes up 43.62% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuels are Conventional Hydroelectric and Coal, which make up 26.47% and 13.38% 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 140 active electricity plants located in Alaska

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 2022 is $132 while the national average is $122.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Alaska?

Last Reviewed By: Ginalyn Gelera
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-17