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Electricity In District of Columbia

  • Population705,749
  • Total Consumption9,688,482 MWh / 13.73 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions3,971,159,017 kg
  • Total Production211,897 MWh / 0.3 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in District of Columbia

District of Columbia residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in November.

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.143/kWh$0.118/kWh$131.47/mo.$70.40/mo.
31st12.72¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of District of Columbia
4th$90.58Average residential monthly electricity bill for District of Columbia Residents

Energy Profile of District of Columbia

District of Columbia's Electricity Prices and Usage

District of Columbia’s electricity rate in 2021 averages 12.72 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 4.58% below the national average rate of 13.33 cents. This makes District of Columbia the 31st best priced state in the United States based on average electricity rate. There are over 30 electric providers that operate in the state, but because of the electricity market regulations in place residents have only one or two supplier options determined by their geographic location. The state emitted 3,971,159,017.4 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases from electricity use, making them the 46th worst polluting state in the country when considering total CO2 equivalent output. Potomac Electric Power Company is the largest supplier in the state based on megawatt hours sold. The state has the 50th highest population in the US, with 705,749 citizens residing within its borders. Generating 0.3 megawatt hours per citizen living in the state, District of Columbia ranks as the 52nd highest per capita producer of electricity in the country.

Electricity Providers in District of Columbia

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Potomac Electric Power Company11.8975.951,938,024230,396,947No DataIcon representing missing value.1,607,029,228.55
Clean Choice Energy12.9582.8854,9377,114,900No DataIcon representing missing value.33,483,239.67
Constellation Energy7.7390.7542,3133,270,100No DataIcon representing missing value.1,593,406,792.93
Star Energy Partners10.2893.9642,0804,325,300No DataIcon representing missing value.23,245,421.36
WGL Energy9.1870.7240,0073,674,000No DataIcon representing missing value.574,983,341.69
IDT Energy13.72102.2317,7262,432,700No DataIcon representing missing value.11,704,467.39
Major Energy Electric Services12.1979.5513,6401,663,000No DataIcon representing missing value.9,020,858.62
XOOM Energy11.4290.4811,7531,342,000No DataIcon representing missing value.10,473,145.05
Public Power LLC15.15115.829,5751,451,000No DataIcon representing missing value.8,250,246.39
PALMco Energy11.1559.767,773867,000No DataIcon representing missing value.4,380,060.5

Power Plants in District of Columbia

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US GSA Heating and TransmissionUS GSA Heating and Transmission (100.00%)
Natural Gas 58,606.9436,089,289.6615.79No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
AOC, Capitol Power PlantArchitect of the Capitol, Capitol Power Plant (100.00%)
Natural Gas 56,648.934,887,964.97615.86No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
DC Water CHPDC Water (100.00%)
Other Biomass Gas 53,80828,189,684.41523.89No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Ross Hall Central Utility PlantThe George Washington University (100.00%)
Natural Gas 27,219.516,761,335.64615.78No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
JBAB - Washington DCExelon Corporation (100.00%)Exelon Corporation (100.00%)
Solar 9,022869,266.9796.35No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
IGS CC, LLCGreenbacker Renewable Energy Corporation (100.00%)
Solar 1,816174,977.4696.35No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
NationalsTerraform Arcadia (100.00%)
Solar 1,703166,783.4797.94No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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The state of District of Columbia had a 1.80% rise in CO2 equivalent pollution from electricity use during the previous year.

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District of Columbia has seen a year over year increase of 50.83% for electricity generation using solar power.

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There was a 27.19% rise in the burning of non-renewable electricity sources over the last year in District of Columbia.

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The average District of Columbia citizen uses 13.73 megawatt hours of electricity each year, which ranks the state as the 19th highest state for electricity consumption per person.

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District of Columbia produces 16,366.4 megawatt hours from solar energy, ranking it 47th in the country for total megawatt hours generated by solar power sources.

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District of Columbia consumes 4472.27% more megawatt hours than it produces.

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District of Columbia705,7494 providers611.89$75.95/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

The state of District of Columbia’s top fuel type used for electricity generation is Natural Gas. They generate 143,121.83 megawatt hours, or 67.54% of the total production in the state, from this fuel. Other Biomass Gas and Solar make up 24.73% and 7.72% of electricity production respectively. Releasing 3,971,159,017.4 kilograms of CO2 & CO2 equivalent gases a year, the state ranks 46th highest in the United States for total emissions from electricity production. Perhaps a better measurement of pollution is the CO2 levels per resident in the state, which amounts to 5,626.87 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases per person per year. This measurement ranks District of Columbia as the 18th highest polluting state in the nation. District of Columbia has the 51st highest amount of power plants of any state in the US, with 7 total plants. This equates to the 51st most plants per capita in the United States.

NATURAL GAS
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67.54%
OTHER BIOMASS GAS Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Other Biomass Gas
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24.73%
SOLAR Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Solar
7.72%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
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0.01%

Net Metering

Out of the 32 suppliers in District of Columbia, 12.50% of them have made it a point to offer net metering to their consumers. At the state level, District of Columbia has poor laws for consumers interested in investing in solar.

Energy Loss

In District of Columbia one company reports energy loss, Potomac Electric Power Company. They average an annual energy loss of 5.13%. The national average for energy loss is 2.72%, which earns a rank of 9th worst in the US for District of Columbia in this category.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

State governments can encourage private residents to consider installing solar panels by issuing tax breaks and rebates. District of Columbia, unfortunately, has no statewide tax credits offered to residents who install solar panels. The state offers no rebates to citizens who are installing solar panels. There are currently no property tax exemptions for citizens in District of Columbia who wish to install solar panels. The state currently does not offer a sales tax exemption for the install of private solar, leaving residents high and dry for this category.

State Level Initiatives

State level initiatives are a big part of whether a state is friendly towards customers searching for renewable energy sources. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) encourage or require electricity companies to generate a certain amount of their electricity from green energy. District of Columbia, unfortunately, has no standards in place. Also, there are currently no low income solar programs to help low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in District of Columbia

Where does District of Columbia get its electricity?

The main fuel sources used for electricity production in District of Columbia are Natural Gas, Other Biomass Gas and Solar, making up 67.54%, 24.73% and 7.72% respectively.

What is the average electricity rate in District of Columbia?

Anything below the District of Columbia average of 12.72 cents per kilowatt hour should be considered a good rate. The rates in the state range from 6.65 cents to 50.00 cents per kilowatt hour, with MidAmerican Energy currently having the lowest rates.