Boulder County, Colorado Electricity Rates & Statistics

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Boulder County, Colorado Electricity Overview

Boulder County generates 2.66% of their required electricity and must bring in the remaining 97.34% from other counties.

The US average residential rate per kilowatt hour sits at 14.46 cents, while residents of Boulder County benefit from an average rate that is 12.23% less at 12.69 cents per kilowatt hour.

The 24,193.73 megawatt hours of electricity generated by non-renewable fuels places Boulder County at 13th in Colorado out of 64 counties in non-renewable power production.

The largest electricity supplier in Boulder County by total customers is Public Service Company of Colorado.

The use of natural gas in Boulder County yields a total of 24,193.73 megawatts of electricity, propelling this county into its ranking of 10th in Colorado out of 64 counties.

Usage of non-renewable fuel sources for electricity production has increased by 91.71% in the previous 12 months in Boulder County power generation facilities.

ENERGY CONSUMPTION

  • Total Consumption

    3,266,589 MWh

  • Consumption per Capita

    9.88 MWh

ENERGY PRODUCTION

  • Total Production

    86,895 MWh

  • Production from Renewable Energy

    62,701 MWh

  • Production from Non-Renewable Energy

    24,194 MWh

  • Production per Capita

    0.26 MWh

EMISSIONS

  • CO2 Emissions

    1,644,610,959 kg

  • CO2 Emissions per Capita

    4,972.25 kg

Boulder, CO Electricity Overview

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Citizens who call Boulder home spend, on average, 13.49 cents per kilowatt hour for their electricity. Thankfully, this is 2.61% less than Colorado's average price of 13.85 cents, resulting in the city ranking 108th out of 483 cities in Colorado for best average electricity rate. There is 5624.15% more electricity used in Boulder than is produced, meaning they must purchase electricity from neighboring cities and counties. Facilities in the city produce, on average, 0.03 megawatt hours per citizen from non-renewable fuel types.

Boulder is the 12th highest ranked city in Colorado out of 483 when it comes to total pollution from electricity use, with the city emitting 538,714,703.75 kilograms of CO2 emissions. Additionally, the city ranks 467th highest in the state for emissions per capita, which could be argued to be the more important statistic. They average 4,976.58 kilograms of emissions per citizen. Solar is the primary fuel type in Boulder, with 82.27% of electricity production coming from the fuel type. Boulder has the 5th highest electricity producing plants of any city in Colorado, with 2 total plants.

Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Boulder

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.148/kWh$0.099/kWh$121.99/mo.$51.72/mo.
108th13.49¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Boulder
12th$83.54Average residential monthly electricity bill for Boulder Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Boulder, Colorado

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
Public Service Company of ColoradoBUNDLED13.4983.549,830,2461,326,104,286

Zips with electric coverage in Boulder, Colorado include: 80503, 80302, 80304, 80301, 80303, 80305, 80310, 80025

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Longmont, CO Electricity Overview

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Citizens who call Longmont home spend, on average, 10.89 cents per kilowatt hour for their electricity. Thankfully, this is 21.37% less than Colorado's average price of 13.85 cents, resulting in the city ranking 6th out of 483 cities in Colorado for best average electricity rate. The electricity grid in the city experiences an average of 0.38 outages per customer each year, with outages lasting about 22.77 minutes. The US averages of outages and outage time frames are 1.21 outages per year and 122.99 minutes per outage. City of Longmont Electric has an estimated 25,118 residential customers, which is more than all other suppliers who operate in the city.

Longmont is the 14th highest ranked city in Colorado out of 483 when it comes to total pollution from electricity use, with the city emitting 499,888,365.97 kilograms of CO2 emissions. This total also equates to a ranking of 10th worst in the state for emissions per capita. The city has no power production sources, resulting in the need to import the 976,595.15 megawatt hours that citizens here consume.

Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Longmont

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.146/kWh$0.102/kWh$124.46/mo.$54.64/mo.
6th10.89¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Longmont
8th$76.6Average residential monthly electricity bill for Longmont Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Longmont, Colorado

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
City of Longmont ElectricBUNDLED10.2574.33340,86334,950,700
Public Service Company of ColoradoBUNDLED13.4983.549,830,2461,326,104,286
United PowerBUNDLED13.41113.59926,003124,163,075

Zips with electric coverage in Longmont, Colorado include: 80504, 80501, 80503

Lafayette, CO Electricity Overview

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Citizens who call Lafayette home spend, on average, 13.49 cents per kilowatt hour for their electricity. Thankfully, this is 2.61% less than Colorado's average price of 13.85 cents, resulting in the city ranking 108th out of 483 cities in Colorado for best average electricity rate. There is 8357.93% more electricity used in Lafayette than is produced, meaning they must purchase electricity from neighboring cities and counties. The city is the 28th highest generator out of 483 cities in the state, averaging 0.12 megawatt hours produced per consumer in the city.

Lafayette is the 32nd highest ranked city in Colorado out of 483 when it comes to total pollution from electricity use, with the city emitting 151,917,553.14 kilograms of CO2 emissions. Additionally, the city ranks 464th highest in the state for emissions per capita, which could be argued to be the more important statistic. They average 4,995.48 kilograms of emissions per citizen. Solar is the primary fuel type in Lafayette, with 100.00% of electricity production coming from the fuel type. Lafayette has the 12th highest number of electricity plants of any city in the state, with one total plant.

Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Lafayette

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.148/kWh$0.099/kWh$121.99/mo.$51.72/mo.
108th13.49¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Lafayette
12th$83.54Average residential monthly electricity bill for Lafayette Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Lafayette, Colorado

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
Public Service Company of ColoradoBUNDLED13.4983.549,830,2461,326,104,286

Zips with electric coverage in Lafayette, Colorado include: 80020, 80027, 80516, 80026, 80301, 80303

Electricity Production in Boulder County, Colorado

Power Plants in Boulder County, Colorado

PlantCity/CountyStatePrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (kg)Emissions per MWhToxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Boulder CO Solar 15,365
Valmont Combustion Turbine ProjectPublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Natural Gas 14,25110,949,196.3768.31
Gross Hydro PlantDenver City & County of (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Conventional Hydroelectric 11,707
Boulder Canyon HydroBoulder City of (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Conventional Hydroelectric 9,229
Boulder City Silver Lake HydroBoulder City of (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Conventional Hydroelectric 8,542
Boulder County CO Natural Gas 6,6315,032,210.4758.8912/2026
Boulder City Lakewood HydroBoulder City of (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Conventional Hydroelectric 6,507
Boulder City Betasso Hydro PlantBoulder City of (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Conventional Hydroelectric 6,507
Lafayette Horizon Solar CSG LLCAES Distributed Energy (100.00%)
Lafayette CO Solar 3,551
University of ColoradoUniversity of Colorado (100.00%)
Boulder CO Natural Gas 3,311.731,043,955.5315.23
City of Boulder WWTPWF-SE-I Solar Statutory Trust (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Solar 1,293

Boulder County, Colorado Details

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

When considering electricity production, Boulder County's top fuel type is Conventional Hydroelectric, making up 48.90%, or 42,492 megawatt hours of production in the county. Taken together with Natural Gas (27.84%) and Solar (23.26%), these three fuel types make up 100.00% county electricity generation. Electricity use in the county results in the release of 1,644,610,959.14 kilograms of CO2 pollution per year, which is 208th highest in the United States out of 3221 counties. Perhaps a better measurement of pollution is the CO2 levels per capita, which amounts to 4,972.25 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person per year. Using this calculation the county is the 1481st highest polluting county in the nation. Boulder County is home to 11 power producing plants, which is 5th most in the state.

CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
48.90%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
27.84%
SOLAR
Solar
Solar
Solar
23.26%

Boulder County, Colorado Net Metering

Of the 5 electric companies in Boulder County, 4 of them report that they offer net metering. The state has some of the best net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other types of electricity generation more attractive.

Energy Loss

The average energy loss for electricity providers in Boulder County is 3.00%. This includes data from 3 providers, including Public Service Company of Colorado, City of Longmont Electric, and Poudre Valley REA. With a United States average energy loss of 2.76%, Boulder County is ranked as the 411th best county in the US for energy loss efficiency.

Providers In Each City in Boulder County:

  • Boulder, Colorado:
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 100.00%
  • Jamestown, Colorado:
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 100.00%
  • Lafayette, Colorado:
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 100.00%
  • Longmont, Colorado:
    • United Power: 1.51%
    • City of Longmont Electric: 80.22%
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 18.28%
  • Louisville, Colorado:
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 100.00%
  • Lyons, Colorado:
    • City of Longmont Electric: 8.68%
    • Poudre Valley REA: 3.90%
    • Lyons Electric: 87.42%
  • Nederland, Colorado:
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 100.00%
  • Superior, Colorado:
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 100.00%
  • Ward, Colorado:
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 100.00%

* City coverage generated based on government data. Always verify you can get service from the provider.

FAQ

How many power plants are located in Boulder County, Colorado?

Boulder County, Colorado has 11 active electricity plants producing electricity for the county and other surrounding areas.

What electricity company is the largest provider in Boulder County, Colorado?

By total customer count, Public Service Company of Colorado is the largest electricity company in Boulder County, Colorado.

How many electric companies offer service in Boulder County, Colorado?

There are 5 electricity suppliers offering service in Boulder County, Colorado.

What electricity companies offer service in Boulder County, Colorado?

County Customers RankProviderEst. County Customers
1Public Service Company of Colorado88,271
2City of Longmont Electric38,002
3Poudre Valley REA9,262
4United Power4,194
5Lyons Electric1,212

Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2022-09-21