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Electricity In Colorado
- 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
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:
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
|Provider||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Average Bill ($)||Residential Sales (MWh)||Residential Revenues ($)||State Production (MWh)||State Emissions (KG)|
|Public Service Company of Colorado||11.70||75.78||10,147,297||1,187,021,341||23,432,058.4||34,100,485,703.72|
|Intermountain Rural Electric||13.09||120.57||1,678,056||219,691,000||44,623.68||2,818,386,896.48|
|Colorado Springs Utilities||12.61||82.88||1,611,303||203,220,857||4,215,232.02||5,467,067,075.99|
|Black Hills Energy||17.35||108.02||647,461||112,307,763||1,622,225||1,748,009,523.58|
|Holy Cross Energy||11.70||131.95||643,619||75,304,300||14,093.54||1,343,852,431.63|
|Mountain View Electric Association||14.57||131.24||547,278||79,737,500||476,753,754.51|
|Fort Collins Utilities||11.58||76.68||542,657||62,818,456||803,170,436.4|
|Poudre Valley REA||11.99||115.5||480,366||57,584,613||3,223||1,484,408,924.12|
|City of Longmont Electric||9.73||67.1||318,160||30,969,900||434,001,502.03|
Power Plants in Colorado
|Plant||City/County||Primary Fuel Type||Production (MWh)||Emission (KG)||Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)||Toxic Chemical Release||Closing Date|
Fort St VrainPublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
|Weld County||Natural Gas||3,478,003||1,459,309,233.06||419.58|
|Adams County||Natural Gas||3,475,978||1,552,218,195.08||446.56|
Rocky Mountain Energy CenterPublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
Front Range Power PlantColorado Springs Utilities (100.00%)
|El Paso County||Natural Gas||2,627,261||1,057,645,404.48||402.57|
Rush Creek WindPublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
Colorado has achieved a 7.75% decrease in CO2 pollution from electricity consumption over the past year.
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.
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.
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.
Colorado is the 21st largest state by population in the nation, with 5,758,736 residents calling the state home.
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.
|County||Population||Providers||Plants||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Avg. Electric Bill|
|Clear Creek County||9,700||5||2||12.04||$86.03/mo|
|El Paso County||720,403||8||15||15.05||$120.57/mo|
|Kit Carson County||7,097||1||5||13.08||$132.74/mo|
|La Plata County||56,221||3||3||15.32||$105.12/mo|
|Las Animas County||14,506||4||2||18.93||$189.02/mo|
|Rio Blanco County||6,324||5||2||11.61||$80.58/mo|
|Rio Grande County||11,267||3||1||14.48||$97.13/mo|
|San Juan County||728||3||15.56||$127.82/mo|
|San Miguel County||8,179||3||1||15.57||$126.16/mo|
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.
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 Rank||Provider||State Customers|
|1||Public Service Company of Colorado||1,525,084|
|2||Colorado Springs Utilities||241,460|
|3||Intermountain Rural Electric||165,287|
|4||Black Hills Energy||98,887|
|6||Fort Collins Utilities||77,203|
|7||Holy Cross Energy||57,934|
|8||Mountain View Electric Association||54,664|
|9||Poudre Valley REA||46,831|
|10||La Plata Electric Association||43,962|
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?
|Residential Rate Rank||Provider||Residential Rate (¢)||State Customers|
|1||Fort Morgan Utilities||6.23||6,062|
|2||Moon Lake Electric||8.00||2,263|
|3||Fountain Electric Utilities||9.43||18,814|
|4||City of Longmont Electric||9.73||41,337|
|5||Yuma Electric Service||10.50||1,650|
|7||Glenwood Springs Electric||10.91||6,373|
|8||City of Loveland Utilities||11.29||37,444|
|9||Fort Collins Utilities||11.58||77,203|
|10||Public Service Company of Colorado||11.70||1,525,084|