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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 Electric Rates:

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 residential 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 0 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 emissions from electricity use, making them the 46th worst polluting state in the country when considering total CO2 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.

Residential 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
Ambit Energy10.8373.055,164559,300No DataIcon representing missing value.5,054,553.36

Power Plants in District of Columbia

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US GSA Heating and TransmissionUS GSA Heating and Transmission (100.00%)
Washington Natural Gas 58,606.9436,089,289.6615.79No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
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Washington Natural Gas 56,648.934,887,964.97615.86No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
DC Water CHPDC Water (100.00%)
Washington Other Biomass Gas 53,80828,189,684.41523.89No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
JBAB - Washington DCExelon Corporation (100.00%)
Washington Solar 9,022869,266.9796.35No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Washington Solar 1,816174,977.4696.35No 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 pollution from electricity use in the past year.

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District of Columbia produces 68,762.55 megawatt hours of electricity from renewable fuels. This ranks District of Columbia 52nd in the nation for total renewable electricity generation.

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In the last 12 months, District of Columbia experienced a 1.32% increase in CO2 emissions per capita.

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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 Columbia705,7494511.36$74.50/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. As the 46th worst ranked state in the United States, the state emits 3,971,159,017.4 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use per year. This total also can be equated to a ranking of 18th worst in the US for pollution per resident. District of Columbia has the 51st highest amount of power plants of any state in the US, with 5 total plants. This equates to the 51st most plants per capita in the United States.

NATURAL GAS
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67.54%
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Other Biomass Gas
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24.73%
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Solar
7.72%
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0.01%

District of Columbia Net Metering

Out of the 2 suppliers in District of Columbia, only one of them have made it a point to offer net metering to their customers. The state of District of Columbia has nonexistent state level net metering legislation.

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

What is the average electric bill in District of Columbia?

In 2021, District of Columbia has an average electricity bill of $91.

How much does electricity cost in District of Columbia?

The average electric rate in District of Columbia is 12.72 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Ambit Energy, at 10.83 cents per kilowatt hour.

What electricity company is the largest supplier in District of Columbia?

By total customer count, Potomac Electric Power Company is the largest electricity provider in District of Columbia.

Does District of Columbia have a deregulated electricity market?

District of Columbia has a regulated electricity market, rather than a deregulated market. This means that consumers in the state normally have only one or two electricity provider options when it comes time to choose who they purchase electricity from.

Where does District of Columbia get its electricity?

The primary fuel source used for electricity generation in District of Columbia is Natural Gas, making up 67.54% of the fuel used in the state. Other Biomass Gas and Solar also account for 24.73% and 7.72% respectively.

How many power plants are in District of Columbia?

There are 5 electricity plants located in District of Columbia

How many electric companies offer service in District of Columbia?

There are 2 electricity providers serving customers in District of Columbia.

What is the cheapest electricity company in District of Columbia?

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1Ambit Energy10.83721
2Potomac Electric Power Company11.89270,039

What power companies are in District of Columbia?

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1Potomac Electric Power Company270,039
2Ambit Energy721

Last Reviewed By: Alex Zdanov
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-14