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Electricity In Colorado

  • Population5,758,736
  • Total Consumption56,616,470 MWh / 9.83 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions30,815,906,344 kg
  • Total Production54,879,422 MWh / 9.53 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Colorado

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

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.132/kWh$0.115/kWh$121.15/mo.$66.17/mo.
27th12.61¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Colorado
5th$92.1Average residential monthly electricity bill for Colorado Residents

Energy Profile of Colorado

Colorado's Electricity Prices and Usage

The average residential electricity rate in Colorado in 2021 is 12.61 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 5.42% lower than the national average of 13.33 cents.. The state has a regulated electricity market, meaning consumers may have only a few provider options to choose from when shopping for their electricity. Colorado has accomplished a 19.08% rise in the use of renewable fuel sources for electricity production in the past year. Residents of the state consume over 56,600,000 megawatt hours for statewide electricity needs, making Colorado the 26th largest consuming state in the country. Power generation plants in the state generate 96.93% of the electricity consumed by the state's citizens, meaning they need to purchase the additional 3.07%. The state generates approximately 9.53 megawatt hours per person per year from its electricity generating plants, which ranks it as the 39th largest generator per capita in the country.

Residential Electricity Providers in Colorado

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Public Service Company of Colorado11.7075.7810,147,2971,187,021,34123,432,058.434,100,485,703.72
Intermountain Rural Electric13.09120.571,678,056219,691,00044,623.682,818,386,896.48
Colorado Springs Utilities12.6182.881,611,303203,220,8574,215,232.025,467,067,075.99
United Power13.21117.63913,336120,667,255No DataIcon representing missing value.1,573,027,550.45
Black Hills Energy17.35108.02647,461112,307,7631,622,2251,748,009,523.58
Holy Cross Energy11.70131.95643,61975,304,30014,093.541,343,852,431.63
Mountain View Electric Association14.57131.24547,27879,737,500No DataIcon representing missing value.476,753,754.51
Fort Collins Utilities11.5876.68542,65762,818,456No DataIcon representing missing value.803,170,436.4
Poudre Valley REA11.99115.5480,36657,584,6133,2231,484,408,924.12
City of Longmont Electric9.7367.1318,16030,969,900No DataIcon representing missing value.434,001,502.03

Power Plants in Colorado

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Moffat County Coal 7,002,361.997,117,939,641.491,016.51Yes12/2029
Pueblo Coal 5,650,785.986,024,192,753.351,066.08No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Weld County Natural Gas 3,478,0031,459,309,233.06419.58No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Adams County Natural Gas 3,475,9781,552,218,195.08446.56No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Morgan County Coal 2,931,844.013,177,271,346.431,083.71YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Keenesburg Natural Gas 2,627,4811,094,627,163.28416.61No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
El Paso County Natural Gas 2,627,2611,057,645,404.48402.57No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Routt County Coal 2,179,6932,196,684,122.561,007.8Yes12/2028
Elbert County Wind 2,029,88657,776,442.8728.46No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Larimer County Coal 1,959,7921,900,661,959.44969.83No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Colorado has achieved a 7.75% decrease in CO2 pollution from electricity consumption over the past year.

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The 37,336,588.85 megawatt hours of electricity produced by non-renewable energy puts Colorado at 28th worst in the US in non-renewable power production.

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Colorado ranks 11th highest in the country for electricity per person produced from wind power. With a total production amount of 14,153,546.44 megawatt hours from wind turbines and a state population of 5,758,736, the state averages 2.46 megawatt hours per resident per year from wind energy.

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Colorado generates 3.05 megawatt hours per resident of the state from renewable fuels. This makes Colorado the 18th highest state for renewable generation per capita in the US.

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Colorado is the 21st largest state by population in the nation, with 5,758,736 residents calling the state home.

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Colorado produces 6.48 megawatt hours of electricity per person in the state from non-renewable electricity fuel sources. They are the 37th highest state in the nation for non-renewable production per capita.

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Adams County517,4216613.07$118.02/mo
Alamosa County16,2333814.72$98.98/mo
Arapahoe County656,59041412.72$107.17/mo
Archuleta County14,0293No DataIcon representing missing value.15.17$103.96/mo
Baca County3,5812215.35$107.82/mo
Bent County5,5772216.84$121.37/mo
Boulder County326,19671211.85$92.26/mo
Broomfield County70,4654No DataIcon representing missing value.12.38$93.30/mo
Chaffee County20,3566315.37$95.86/mo
Cheyenne County1,8311113.08$132.74/mo
Clear Creek County9,7005212.04$86.03/mo
Conejos County8,2054212.84$84.55/mo
Costilla County3,8874No DataIcon representing missing value.13.60$90.39/mo
Crowley County6,0612No DataIcon representing missing value.17.01$116.85/mo
Custer County5,0686No DataIcon representing missing value.16.73$105.04/mo
Delta County31,1623No DataIcon representing missing value.14.27$107.17/mo
Denver County727,2114711.90$81.08/mo
Dolores County2,0553No DataIcon representing missing value.15.22$111.95/mo
Douglas County351,1545113.13$118.00/mo
Eagle County55,1275311.83$94.02/mo
El Paso County720,40381515.05$120.57/mo
Elbert County26,7292214.28$129.16/mo
Fremont County47,8397117.06$106.31/mo
Garfield County60,0616411.76$85.83/mo
Gilpin County6,2433No DataIcon representing missing value.12.44$94.75/mo
Grand County15,7345313.88$106.36/mo
Gunnison County17,4625116.38$113.31/mo
Hinsdale County8206No DataIcon representing missing value.15.67$109.50/mo
Huerfano County6,8973316.22$109.01/mo
Jackson County1,3922114.05$108.49/mo
Jefferson County582,8815512.38$96.91/mo
Kiowa County1,4061No DataIcon representing missing value.16.78$122.88/mo
Kit Carson County7,0971513.08$132.74/mo
La Plata County56,2213315.32$105.12/mo
Lake County8,1274112.97$82.62/mo
Larimer County356,89971112.15$104.55/mo
Las Animas County14,5064218.93$189.02/mo
Lincoln County5,7014514.54$130.70/mo
Logan County22,40941113.39$119.67/mo
Mesa County154,2105612.55$92.17/mo
Mineral County7694No DataIcon representing missing value.14.76$99.69/mo
Moffat County13,2834111.81$101.52/mo
Montezuma County26,1832214.98$102.33/mo
Montrose County42,7585814.69$114.61/mo
Morgan County29,0682513.76$142.46/mo
Otero County18,2783217.19$108.64/mo
Ouray County4,9523115.60$128.20/mo
Park County18,8454113.08$117.64/mo
Phillips County4,2652No DataIcon representing missing value.13.27$118.68/mo
Pitkin County17,7675No DataIcon representing missing value.12.03$96.49/mo
Prowers County12,1721416.78$122.88/mo
Pueblo County168,4245916.75$111.09/mo
Rio Blanco County6,3245211.61$80.58/mo
Rio Grande County11,2673114.48$97.13/mo
Routt County25,6383112.46$109.64/mo
Saguache County6,8245214.82$99.53/mo
San Juan County7283No DataIcon representing missing value.15.56$127.82/mo
San Miguel County8,1793115.57$126.16/mo
Sedgwick County2,2482113.27$118.68/mo
Summit County31,0115212.32$84.90/mo
Teller County25,3882No DataIcon representing missing value.14.90$115.24/mo
Washington County4,9085No DataIcon representing missing value.14.29$125.43/mo
Weld County324,49282313.19$118.15/mo
Yuma County10,0193114.46$117.87/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Emitting 30,815,906,343.73 kilograms of CO2 emissions, the state of Colorado is the 18th worst in the country for total emissions from electricity use. This total also can be equated to a ranking of 20th highest in the United States for emissions per resident with an average of 5,351.16 kilograms of emissions citizen. About 37.81% of Colorado’s electricity is produced using Coal. Secondary fuels used during electricity generation include Natural Gas at 30.27% and Wind at 25.79% of production. Colorado is home to 203 electricity producing plants, which is the 12th highest number of plants in a state and the 19th highest number of plants per capita in a state.

COAL
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
37.81%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
30.27%
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Wind
Wind
Wind
25.79%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Conventional Hydroelectric
3.13%
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Solar
2.74%
OTHER
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0.27%

Colorado Net Metering

Approximately 57.89% of the electricity providers in Colorado offer net metering to their consumers. At the state level, Colorado has favorable regulations for consumers interested in purchasing solar panels.

Energy Loss

The average energy loss for electricity providers in Colorado is 3.59%. This includes data from 40 companies, including Public Service Company of Colorado, Colorado Springs Utilities, and Intermountain Rural Electric. For comparison, the US average energy loss is 2.72%. Colorado ranks 21st 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. Colorado, unfortunately, has no statewide tax credits offered to residents who purchase solar panels. The state offers limited local rebates rather than a statewide rebate program. Fortunately, Colorado offers a 100% tax exemption to consumers who wish to install private solar. The state provides a 100% sales tax exemption to anyone who purchase solar. This is great news for people in the state.

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). Electric suppliers in Colorado are required to generate a minimum of 25% of their electricity using renewable fuels. Additionally, there are currently no low income solar programs to assist low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Colorado

What is a good electricity rate in Colorado?

The average electricity price paid by residents of Colorado in 2021 is 12.61 cents per kilowatt hour.

Where does Colorado get its electricity?

Colorado’s electricity is produced using primarily Coal, which makes up 37.81% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuels are Natural Gas and Wind, which make up 30.27% and 25.79% of total generation respectively.

Which electricity company is the largest supplier in Colorado?

The largest electricity company in Colorado by megawatt hours sold is Public Service Company of Colorado.

How many power plants are located within Colorado?

There are 203 active electricity plants located in Colorado

What power companies offer service in Colorado?

State Customers RankArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.ProviderArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.State CustomersArrow DownBlue arrow pointing down.
1Public Service Company of Colorado1,525,084
2Colorado Springs Utilities241,460
3Intermountain Rural Electric165,287
4Black Hills Energy98,887
5United Power97,498
6Fort Collins Utilities77,203
7Holy Cross Energy57,934
8Mountain View Electric Association54,664
9Poudre Valley REA46,831
10La Plata Electric Association43,962

How many electric companies offer service in Colorado?

Colorado has 57 electricity suppliers serving consumers in the area.

Does Colorado have a deregulated electricity market?

No, Colorado 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 Colorado?

The average electric bill in Colorado in 2021 is $92 while the national average is $120.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Colorado?

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1Fort Morgan Utilities6.236,062
2Moon Lake Electric8.002,263
3Fountain Electric Utilities9.4318,814
4City of Longmont Electric9.7341,337
5Yuma Electric Service10.501,650
6Gunnison Electric10.594,398
7Glenwood Springs Electric10.916,373
8City of Loveland Utilities11.2937,444
9Fort Collins Utilities11.5877,203
10Public Service Company of Colorado11.701,525,084

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