Electricity In District of Columbia

  • Population705,749
  • Total Consumption10,045,712 MWh / 14.23 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption4,029,208,821 kg
  • Total Production216,853 MWh / 0.31 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.$70.41/mo.
32nd13.05¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of District of Columbia
4th$92.2Average 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 2022 averages 13.05 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 4.18% below the national average rate of 13.62 cents. This makes District of Columbia the 32nd 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 ranks as the 46th worst polluting state in the country when considering total CO2 output, with over 4,029,208,820.58 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity use. Citizens in the state consume roughly 4532.50% more electricity than is generated. The state is the 50th largest state in the nation, with a population of 705,749. About 36.12% of the states’ electricity is generated from renewable fuels, ranking them as the 51st highest state for total sustainable electricity generation.

Residential Electricity Providers in District of Columbia

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Potomac Electric Power CompanyBUNDLED12.1977.791,961,878239,205,659

Power Plants in District of Columbia

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
US GSA Heating and TransmissionUS GSA Heating and Transmission (100.00%)
Washington Natural Gas 57,72235,544,310.34615.78
AOC, Capitol Power PlantArchitect of the Capitol, Capitol Power Plant (100.00%)
Washington Natural Gas 56,648.934,888,303.35615.87
DC Water CHPDC Water (100.00%)
Washington Other Biomass Gas 55,32928,892,347.92522.19
JBAB - Washington DCExelon Corporation (100.00%)
Washington Solar 9,022
Washington Solar 1,857
Washington Solar 1,816

Quick Facts

In the past 12 months, District of Columbia experienced a 0.58% rise in CO2 emissions per capita.

District of Columbia saw a 0.47% rise in the state’s population over the previous 12 months.

District of Columbia generates 0.31 megawatt hours per capita a year, making it the 52nd highest producer per capita in the nation.

The state of District of Columbia had a 1.05% increase in CO2 pollution from electricity use during the course of the past year.

District of Columbia uses non-renewable sources to produce 0.2 megawatt hours per citizen, making them the 51st highest state for non-renewable generation per capita.

Residents of District of Columbia use 14.23 megawatt hours per year each, which is 18th in the nation in electricity consumption per person.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
District of Columbia705,7497614.68$122.27/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 138,493.11 megawatt hours, or 63.86% of the total production in the state, from this fuel. Other Biomass Gas and Solar make up 24.95% and 11.17% of electricity production, respectively. As the 46th worst ranked state in the United States, the state emits 4,029,208,820.58 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use per year. This total also can be equated to a ranking of 19th 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 6 total plants. This equates to the 51st most plants per capita in the United States.

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District of Columbia Net Metering

Potomac Electric Power Company is the only provider we have covering District of Columbia. Fortunately for citizens they do offer net metering options, making personal solar power installs more economically attractive. 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 4.81%. The national average for energy loss is 2.76%, which earns a rank of 8th best 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.

Learn about going solar in District of Columbia, find out which system size is best for you, compare local installers and see which incentives are available in your area.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in District of Columbia

How many power plants are within District of Columbia?

There are 6 electricity plants in District of Columbia

What is the average electric bill in District of Columbia?

The District of Columbia average electric bill is $92 so far in 2022, and the nationwide average is $122.

How much does electricity cost in District of Columbia?

The average electric rate in District of Columbia is 13.05 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Potomac Electric Power Company, at 12.19 cents per kilowatt hour.

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

The largest electricity provider in District of Columbia by total revenue is Potomac Electric Power Company.

Does District of Columbia have a deregulated electricity market?

No, the state has a regulated market, where residents’ electricity company options are usually determined by their location or state legislation.

Where does District of Columbia get its electricity?

Natural Gas is the main fuel used for electricity production in District of Columbia, accounting for 63.86% of production. In addition, Other Biomass Gas makes up 24.95% and Solar accounts for 11.17%.

What electricity companies offer service in District of Columbia?

State Customers RankProviderState Customers
1Potomac Electric Power Company273,650

What is the cheapest electricity company in District of Columbia?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Potomac Electric Power Company12.19273,650

Last Reviewed By: Alex Zdanov
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-21