Electricity in Colorado
Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics
Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Colorado
- Population see rank5,773,714
- Total Production see rank56,737,718 MWh / 9.83 MWh per capita
- Total Consumption see rank57,091,228 MWh / 9.89 MWh per capita
- Total Production from Renewable see rank18,573,878 MWh / 3.22 MWh per capita
- CO2 Emissions from Consumption see rank31,092,840,580 kg / 5,385.24 kg per capita
- Total Production from Non-Renewable see rank38,164,096 MWh / 6.61 MWh per capita
Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Colorado
Colorado residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in August.
Historical Electricity Rates:
Energy Profile of Colorado
Colorado's Electricity Prices and Usage
The Colorado residential electricity rate in 2022 currently averages 13.44 cents per kilowatt hour while the national average price is 13.99 cents. Colorado ranks as the 32nd 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 Colorado has a regulated electricity market based on the resident's home address. The state produces 56,737,717.53 megawatt hours from its power plants, which is the 31st highest total generation for a state in the US. The state has a shortage of 353510.47299999 megawatt hours due to citizens using 0.62% more electricity than the state produces. This results in the necessity to import additional megawatt hours from outside of the state. The state is ranked 15th in the US for percentage of electricity produced from sustainable fuel sources, creating 32.74% of their electricity from these sustainable sources. The state is the 38th largest producer of electricity per capita, averaging 9.83 megawatt hours produced per person a year.
Residential Electricity Providers in Colorado
|Provider||Service Type||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Average Bill ($)||Residential Sales (MWh)||Residential Revenues ($)||State Production (MWh)|
|Public Service Company of Colorado||BUNDLED||12.90||81.23||9,960,548||1,284,955,049||25,158,461.62|
|Intermountain Rural Electric||BUNDLED||13.68||123.17||1,674,984||229,098,000||64,561.89|
|Colorado Springs Utilities||BUNDLED||14.09||89.85||1,584,429||223,183,517||3,847,700|
|Holy Cross Energy||BUNDLED||11.67||266.38||659,252||76,910,500||20,390.65|
|Black Hills Energy||BUNDLED||17.74||107.4||635,712||112,785,703||1,716,694|
|Mountain View Electric Association||BUNDLED||14.42||135.14||589,320||84,957,800|
|Fort Collins Utilities||BUNDLED||11.82||76.21||534,687||63,213,665|
|Poudre Valley REA||BUNDLED||11.91||111.76||488,061||58,110,616||3,223|
|City of Longmont Electric||BUNDLED||10.25||74.33||340,863||34,950,700|
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||3,090,654||1,319,491,357.66||426.93|
|North Washington CDP||Natural Gas||3,005,952||1,362,298,414.68||453.2|
Rush Creek WindPublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
Front Range Power PlantColorado Springs Utilities (100.00%)
|El Paso County||Natural Gas||2,014,975||817,203,590||405.57|
Rocky Mountain Energy CenterPublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
|Weld County||Natural Gas||1,985,744||831,992,048.72||418.98|
By megawatt hours sold, the largest provider in the state of Colorado is Public Service Company of Colorado.
Colorado is the 14th highest producing state of solar powered electricity.
Colorado is the 22nd highest polluting state based on emissions per capita. The state emits 5,385.24 kilograms per person per year of CO2 gases.
Colorado has had its CO2 pollution from electricity consumption rise 6.54% in the last 12 months.
Colorado produces roughly 4.09 megawatt hours of electricity using natural gas per person living in the state. This is the 16th highest amount by a state in the nation.
Colorado consumers enjoy an average monthly residential electric bill of $96.76, which is 21.88% below the national average bill of $123.86.
|County||Population||Providers||Plants||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Avg. Electric Bill|
|Clear Creek County||9,397||4||1||13.08||$91.64/mo|
|El Paso County||730,395||6||8||15.11||$120.87/mo|
|Kit Carson County||7,087||2||3||13.04||$128.65/mo|
|La Plata County||55,638||1||1||15.81||$106.15/mo|
|Las Animas County||14,555||5||1||16.92||$164.00/mo|
|Rio Blanco County||6,529||2||11.70||$85.65/mo|
|Rio Grande County||11,539||3||15.60||$102.27/mo|
|San Juan County||705||1||15.86||$129.00/mo|
|San Miguel County||8,072||2||15.82||$126.77/mo|
Colorado is home to 61 electricity producing plants, which is the 10th highest in the country and 20th most when counting plants per person. Power generating facilities in the state most often use Coal, which makes up 41.60% (or 23,602,041.65 megawatt hours) of the fuel types used for electricity generation in the state. Secondary fuels used during electricity generation include Wind at 26.49% and Natural Gas at 25.50% of generation. Colorado residents average 5,385.24 kilograms of CO2 emissions per resident from electricity consumption. This comes to a total pollution amount from electricity use of 31,092,840,579.89 kilograms of CO2 emissions.
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FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Colorado
Where does Colorado get its electricity?
The main fuel type used for electricity generation in Colorado is Coal, making up 41.60% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuel types are Wind and Natural Gas, which account for 26.49% and 25.50% of total production respectively.
Does Colorado 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 Colorado?
The average rate per kilowatt hour of electricity in Colorado in 2022 is 13.44 cents.
What is the average electric bill in Colorado?
The Colorado average electricity bill is $97 so far in 2022.
How many electric companies offer service in Colorado?
Colorado has 54 electricity companies operating in the area.
What is the cheapest electricity company in Colorado?
|Residential Rate Rank||Provider||Residential Rate (¢)||State Customers|
|1||Fort Morgan Utilities||7.93||6,076|
|2||Moon Lake Electric||8.15||2,257|
|3||Fountain Electric Utilities||8.22||17,628|
|4||Yuma Electric Service||9.69||1,679|
|5||City of Longmont Electric||10.25||42,047|
|7||Holy Cross Energy||11.67||29,321|
|8||Glenwood Springs Electric||11.73||6,580|
|9||City of Loveland Utilities||11.77||38,282|
|10||Fort Collins Utilities||11.82||77,898|
What power companies offer service in Colorado?
|State Customers Rank||Provider||State Customers|
|1||Public Service Company of Colorado||1,540,082|
|2||Colorado Springs Utilities||245,095|
|3||Intermountain Rural Electric||168,634|
|5||Black Hills Energy||99,809|
|6||Fort Collins Utilities||77,898|
|7||Mountain View Electric Association||56,491|
|8||Poudre Valley REA||48,643|
|9||La Plata Electric Association||44,831|
|10||City of Longmont Electric||42,047|
What electricity company is the largest provider in Colorado?
The largest electricity provider in Colorado by megawatt hours sold is Public Service Company of Colorado.
How many power plants are in Colorado?
Colorado has 61 active power plants generating electricity for the state.