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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.
Energy Profile of Colorado
Colorado's Electricity Prices and Usage
The average 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.
Electricity Providers in Colorado
|Provider||Rate (¢)||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||23,432,058.41||34,100,485,708.88|
|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||4,215,232.01||5,467,067,075.99|
|Black Hills Energy||17.35||108.02||647,461||112,307,763||491,113||1,823,274,953.71|
|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||Primary Fuel Type||Production (MWh)||Emission (KG)||Emissions per MWh (KG/MWh)||Toxic Chemical Release||Closing Date|
Craig (CO)Public Service Company of Colorado (6.08%)PacifiCorp (12.06%)Tri State Generation (52.45%)Salt River Project (18.14%)Platte River Power Authority (11.26%)
Comanche (CO)Holy Cross Energy (0.25%)Public Service Company of Colorado (98.96%)Intermountain Rural Electric (0.79%)
Fort St VrainPublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
CherokeePublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
PawneePublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
Rocky Mountain Energy CenterPublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
Front Range Power PlantColorado Springs Utilities (100.00%)
HaydenPublic Service Company of Colorado (56.29%)PacifiCorp (18.50%)Salt River Project (25.21%)
Rush Creek WindPublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
RawhidePlatte River Power Authority (100.00%)
Colorado has achieved a 7.75% decrease in CO2 equivalent pollution from electricity use during the most recent year.
Colorado is home to over 5,758,736 residents and produces 1,503,251.32 megawatt hours of electricity from solar sources, or 0.26 megawatt hour per capita. This ranks Colorado 17th highest in the country for solar megawatt hours produced per capita.
The burning of coal in the production of electricity dropped in Colorado during the previous 12 months, with a decreased usage of roughly 10.08% taking place.
The state of Colorado is the 31st largest generator of electricity in the nation, producing 54,879,421.96 megawatt hours.
There was a 21.98% rise in power produced by wind turbines in Colorado in the past 12 months from 11,603,537.79 megawatt hours to 14,153,546.44 megawatt hours.
Colorado has recently seen an increase in electricity production from solar energy of roughly 10.65% year over year.
|County||Population||Providers||Plants||Rate (¢)||Avg. Electric Bill|
|Adams County||517,421||8 providers||17||12.27||$92.55/mo|
|Alamosa County||16,233||8 providers||8||14.70||$101.31/mo|
|Arapahoe County||656,590||7 providers||6||12.09||$88.29/mo|
|Archuleta County||14,029||8 providers||14.55||$101.14/mo|
|Baca County||3,581||10 providers||2||17.06||$135.54/mo|
|Bent County||5,577||11 providers||2||17.16||$129.37/mo|
|Boulder County||326,196||11 providers||6||12.63||$88.78/mo|
|Broomfield County||70,465||5 providers||12.99||$84.59/mo|
|Chaffee County||20,356||9 providers||3||15.29||$105.87/mo|
|Cheyenne County||1,831||8 providers||1||14.74||$120.50/mo|
|Clear Creek County||9,700||6 providers||2||12.66||$103.13/mo|
|Conejos County||8,205||6 providers||2||14.37||$96.35/mo|
|Costilla County||3,887||8 providers||15.36||$113.04/mo|
|Crowley County||6,061||7 providers||16.91||$128.03/mo|
|Custer County||5,068||8 providers||16.19||$104.66/mo|
|Delta County||31,162||9 providers||13.56||$100.72/mo|
|Denver County||727,211||5 providers||8||11.83||$79.62/mo|
|Dolores County||2,055||7 providers||15.31||$112.85/mo|
|Douglas County||351,154||5 providers||2||12.47||$97.96/mo|
|Eagle County||55,127||8 providers||2||12.55||$106.20/mo|
|El Paso County||720,403||10 providers||16||14.40||$103.86/mo|
|Elbert County||26,729||12 providers||1||13.65||$109.63/mo|
|Fremont County||47,839||12 providers||1||16.00||$109.10/mo|
|Garfield County||60,061||15 providers||6||12.30||$100.63/mo|
|Gilpin County||6,243||6 providers||12.72||$102.83/mo|
|Grand County||15,734||7 providers||3||12.97||$98.75/mo|
|Gunnison County||17,462||10 providers||13.98||$103.14/mo|
|Hinsdale County||820||8 providers||14.77||$100.81/mo|
|Huerfano County||6,897||8 providers||4||17.56||$145.73/mo|
|Jackson County||1,392||7 providers||1||12.56||$102.42/mo|
|Jefferson County||582,881||5 providers||6||12.17||$89.23/mo|
|Kiowa County||1,406||7 providers||15.71||$119.41/mo|
|Kit Carson County||7,097||10 providers||5||14.88||$108.20/mo|
|La Plata County||56,221||8 providers||3||14.54||$103.89/mo|
|Lake County||8,127||5 providers||2||14.04||$100.81/mo|
|Larimer County||356,899||17 providers||11||12.06||$86.73/mo|
|Las Animas County||14,506||14 providers||2||18.13||$151.20/mo|
|Lincoln County||5,701||9 providers||4||14.86||$126.43/mo|
|Logan County||22,409||10 providers||11||14.01||$127.15/mo|
|Mesa County||154,210||12 providers||7||12.66||$95.28/mo|
|Mineral County||769||7 providers||14.72||$99.88/mo|
|Moffat County||13,283||10 providers||13.20||$98.29/mo|
|Montezuma County||26,183||8 providers||15.18||$108.28/mo|
|Montrose County||42,758||12 providers||9||14.27||$109.17/mo|
|Morgan County||29,068||5 providers||5||11.71||$115.08/mo|
|Otero County||18,278||8 providers||2||17.78||$147.36/mo|
|Ouray County||4,952||3 providers||1||14.98||$118.51/mo|
|Park County||18,845||7 providers||1||13.52||$103.33/mo|
|Phillips County||4,265||8 providers||13.09||$114.62/mo|
|Pitkin County||17,767||7 providers||13.38||$109.90/mo|
|Prowers County||12,172||11 providers||4||16.69||$110.87/mo|
|Pueblo County||168,424||9 providers||8||16.25||$113.10/mo|
|Rio Blanco County||6,324||11 providers||2||11.68||$91.39/mo|
|Rio Grande County||11,267||10 providers||15.03||$105.12/mo|
|Routt County||25,638||9 providers||1||13.15||$104.32/mo|
|Saguache County||6,824||13 providers||2||14.79||$102.02/mo|
|San Juan County||728||6 providers||14.41||$103.02/mo|
|San Miguel County||8,179||4 providers||1||15.22||$116.53/mo|
|Sedgwick County||2,248||12 providers||1||13.13||$103.69/mo|
|Summit County||31,011||6 providers||1||12.64||$97.76/mo|
|Teller County||25,388||4 providers||15.21||$114.32/mo|
|Washington County||4,908||9 providers||13.80||$126.67/mo|
|Weld County||324,492||17 providers||25||12.75||$90.92/mo|
|Yuma County||10,019||19 providers||13.95||$115.85/mo|
About 30,815,906,343.73 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases are released each year in the state of Colorado because of electricity generation. The state also ranks 20th highest in pollution per citizen, averaging 5,351.16 kilograms of CO2 and CO2 equivalent gases emissions per person in the state. Approximately 37.81% of Colorado’s electricity is produced using Coal. Natural Gas and Wind make up the next highest totals for a fuel type at 30.27% (16,610,471.78 megawatt hours) and 25.79% (14,153,546.44 megawatt hours) respectively. Colorado is home to 222 electricity producing plants, which is the 13th highest number of plants in a state and the 20th highest number of plants per capita in a state.
FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Colorado
What is the average electricity rate in Colorado?
The average electric rate in Colorado is 12.61 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Fort Morgan Utilities, at 6.23 cents per kilowatt hour.
How much does electricity cost in Colorado?
The average cost per kilowatt hour of electricity in Colorado in 2021 is 12.61 cents.
What is the average electric bill in Colorado?
In 2021, Colorado has an average electric bill of $92, while the nationwide average is $120.