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Electricity In Iowa

  • Population3,155,070
  • Total Consumption51,012,202 MWh / 16.17 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions16,610,252,421 kg
  • Total Production62,279,364 MWh / 19.74 MWh per capita

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Iowa

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

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.147/kWh$0.105/kWh$158.95/mo.$80.34/mo.
29th12.68¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Iowa
17th$108.81Average residential monthly electricity bill for Iowa Residents

Energy Profile of Iowa

Iowa's Electricity Prices and Usage

Residents in Iowa enjoy a lower electricity rate than many people around the United States, with an average state electricity rate of 12.68 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the United States average rate of 13.33 cents. This makes Iowa the 29th lowest priced state in the nation using average electricity rate. When shopping for electricity, many citizens are faced with only one or two choices when choosing their provider due to the regulated electricity market that exists in the state. MidAmerican Energy is the largest provider in the state based on megawatt hours sold. On average, residents of Iowa account for 5,264.62 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from electric consumption per citizen in the state, which is 22nd highest in the country. The state is the 32nd worst polluting state in the nation based on total CO2 equivalent output, with over 16,610,252,421.28 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases emitted from electricity use. Electricity suppliers within the state increased their generation of electricity from wind by 32.07%.

Electricity Providers in Iowa

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MidAmerican Energy 10.4486.366,028,981629,386,30232,557,712.116,126,320,567.24
Alliant Energy16.09119.823,649,348587,299,73512,014,164.8310,598,460,326.48
Eastern Iowa Light & Power12.35148.53315,28238,924,400No DataIcon representing missing value.193,422,126.42
Linn County REC11.55106.64291,77833,691,000No DataIcon representing missing value.158,812,361.09
North West Rural Electric Cooperative8.96223.44274,95424,625,000No DataIcon representing missing value.226,245,251.47
Midland Power Coop12.18190.44211,73225,787,000No DataIcon representing missing value.153,461,557.42
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative13.00211.82181,99123,662,30075,204373,625,471.92
Cedar Falls Electric Utility9.4678.52170,53216,139,400169,022.28425,838,833.79
Ames Utilities11.6468.5169,03019,680,100129,101472,399,943.06
East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative10.99160.35138,91315,267,000No DataIcon representing missing value.71,358,158.94

Power Plants in Iowa

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Walter Scott Jr Energy CenterWest Bend Electric (0.07%)Eldridge Electric (0.26%)Waverly Utilities (0.19%)Alta Municipal Utilities (0.07%)Spencer Municipal Utilities (0.56%)Cedar Falls Electric Utility (2.63%)MidAmerican Energy (69.63%)Lincoln Electric System (6.17%)Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (3.37%)New Hampton Electric (0.27%)Sumner, Iowa Electric Utility (0.07%)Corn Belt Power Cooperative (4.68%)Atlantic Municipal Utilities (1.28%)Central Iowa Power Cooperative (10.55%)Montezuma, Indiana Electric Utility (0.20%)
Coal 5,543,239.995,316,197,342.15959.04YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Duane Arnold Energy Center
Nuclear 4,251,51249,489,263.9911.64No DataIcon representing missing value.11/2020
LouisaTipton Utilities (0.50%)Geneseo Municipal Utilities (0.50%)Eldridge Electric (0.50%)Waverly Utilities (1.10%)MidAmerican Energy (88.00%)Harlan Municipal Utilities (0.80%)Central Iowa Power Cooperative (4.60%)
Coal 3,191,5733,244,946,643.971,016.72YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
OttumwaAlliant Energy (48.00%)MidAmerican Energy (52.00%)
Coal 2,958,061.993,092,823,899.021,045.56No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Emery StationAlliant Energy (100.00%)
Natural Gas 2,023,204773,173,446.92382.15No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Marshalltown Generating StationAlliant Energy (100.00%)
Natural Gas 1,889,239700,510,907.46370.79No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Orient Wind FarmMidAmerican Energy (100.00%)
Wind 1,835,64352,264,787.428.47No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Highland Wind Project (IA)MidAmerican Energy (100.00%)
Wind 1,678,71647,784,144.428.46No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Beaver Creek WindMidAmerican Energy (100.00%)
Wind 1,351,80738,489,475.0828.47No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
North EnglishMidAmerican Energy (100.00%)
Wind 1,312,83737,374,350.5328.47No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Within the past year, Iowa has had a 411.48% increase in production of electricity from solar power, up from 19,778.26 megawatt hours each year to 101,161.04 megawatt hours a year.

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CO2 equivalent pollution from the consumption of electricity have decreased by 1.81% in Iowa within the past 12 months.

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When measuring carbon dioxide emissions per capita, Iowa had a 1.77% decline in the last 12 months.

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The state of Iowa's population has decreased by 0.03% over the past year.

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Iowa is 38th in the country in solar power generation, with 101,161.04 megawatt hours generated from solar power.

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Iowa generates 37,208,128.52 megawatts from wind energy. That is enough to rank the state 2nd in the country for wind electricity generation.

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Adair County7,15220 providers1412.44$104.92/mo
Adams County3,60220 providers312.09$106.06/mo
Allamakee County13,68714 providers214.82$132.23/mo
Appanoose County12,42612 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.14.75$135.40/mo
Audubon County5,49628 providers211.43$116.20/mo
Benton County25,64521 providers211.99$111.02/mo
Black Hawk County131,22824 providers612.51$110.29/mo
Boone County26,23424 providers213.42$125.29/mo
Bremer County25,06225 providers512.89$118.76/mo
Buchanan County21,17526 providers112.63$114.75/mo
Buena Vista County19,62025 providers311.99$126.31/mo
Butler County14,43924 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.81$113.17/mo
Calhoun County9,66827 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.05$123.21/mo
Carroll County20,16528 providers511.95$125.08/mo
Cass County12,83625 providers511.40$111.74/mo
Cedar County18,62721 providers312.42$106.32/mo
Cerro Gordo County42,45020 providers513.54$133.58/mo
Cherokee County11,23528 providers111.20$126.94/mo
Chickasaw County11,93322 providers112.98$124.81/mo
Clarke County9,39512 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.32$119.25/mo
Clay County16,01623 providers311.59$134.66/mo
Clayton County17,54922 providers313.67$106.27/mo
Clinton County46,42921 providers113.30$112.20/mo
Crawford County16,82027 providers210.94$129.91/mo
Dallas County93,45322 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.01$110.24/mo
Davis County9,00016 providers214.35$129.89/mo
Decatur County7,87011 providers112.93$123.23/mo
Delaware County17,01116 providers312.94$103.20/mo
Des Moines County38,96711 providers113.07$116.20/mo
Dickinson County17,25822 providers512.16$137.94/mo
Dubuque County97,31119 providers513.26$105.81/mo
Emmet County9,20816 providers212.09$126.60/mo
Fayette County19,65027 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.40$121.84/mo
Floyd County15,64222 providers313.40$131.48/mo
Franklin County10,07022 providers312.89$148.74/mo
Fremont County6,96015 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.99$108.48/mo
Greene County8,88827 providers413.03$122.88/mo
Grundy County12,23224 providers412.80$112.70/mo
Guthrie County10,68924 providers312.17$109.56/mo
Hamilton County14,77322 providers312.64$111.55/mo
Hancock County10,63022 providers314.57$154.12/mo
Hardin County16,84621 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.91$139.83/mo
Harrison County14,04918 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.55$125.04/mo
Henry County19,9549 providers213.04$111.90/mo
Howard County9,15814 providers313.67$122.65/mo
Humboldt County9,55827 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.13$113.23/mo
Ida County6,86019 providers110.82$142.29/mo
Iowa County16,18416 providers212.55$120.80/mo
Jackson County19,43911 providers513.81$111.24/mo
Jasper County37,18515 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.83$120.77/mo
Jefferson County18,29515 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.31$116.19/mo
Johnson County151,14018 providers412.29$114.21/mo
Jones County20,68117 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.37$104.45/mo
Keokuk County10,24612 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.17$123.07/mo
Kossuth County14,81327 providers612.17$141.98/mo
Lee County33,65716 providers213.52$119.91/mo
Linn County226,70618 providers1011.55$103.66/mo
Louisa County11,03516 providers212.81$109.52/mo
Lucas County8,6009 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.22$119.18/mo
Lyon County11,75528 providers110.29$138.55/mo
Madison County16,33818 providers212.78$109.27/mo
Mahaska County22,09512 providers112.88$118.10/mo
Marion County33,25310 providers312.83$115.78/mo
Marshall County39,36917 providers613.34$129.80/mo
Mills County15,10914 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.97$94.98/mo
Mitchell County10,58613 providers413.91$142.71/mo
Monona County8,61525 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.51$132.72/mo
Monroe County7,7079 providers113.69$126.35/mo
Montgomery County9,91716 providers111.09$116.85/mo
Muscatine County42,66416 providers412.56$106.12/mo
O'Brien County13,75328 providers310.53$134.54/mo
Osceola County5,95826 providers610.95$150.59/mo
Page County15,10721 providers111.68$118.75/mo
Palo Alto County8,88621 providers311.85$123.40/mo
Plymouth County25,17725 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.61$121.37/mo
Pocahontas County6,61927 providers411.85$116.27/mo
Polk County490,16115 providers811.78$105.78/mo
Pottawattamie County93,20618 providers211.10$101.73/mo
Poweshiek County18,50416 providers612.27$110.59/mo
Ringgold County4,89418 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.10$125.57/mo
Sac County9,72126 providers111.30$132.68/mo
Scott County172,94315 providers312.38$103.30/mo
Shelby County11,45425 providers111.19$118.56/mo
Sioux County34,85535 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.00$125.99/mo
Story County97,11716 providers1513.29$128.35/mo
Tama County16,85420 providers413.07$124.00/mo
Taylor County6,12124 providers412.00$115.75/mo
Union County12,24118 providers212.86$111.40/mo
Van Buren County7,04419 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.87$124.43/mo
Wapello County34,96916 providers213.60$133.66/mo
Warren County51,46612 providers112.38$107.34/mo
Washington County21,96515 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.08$124.66/mo
Wayne County6,44113 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.41$122.83/mo
Webster County35,90427 providers412.34$109.57/mo
Winnebago County10,35415 providers613.44$133.36/mo
Winneshiek County19,99113 providers114.31$127.30/mo
Woodbury County103,10727 providers211.12$135.14/mo
Worth County7,3818 providers613.00$137.09/mo
Wright County12,56227 providers112.55$134.56/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

The state of Iowa has roughly 59.74% of its electricity generated from Wind. Other fuel types used include Coal at 27.98% and Natural Gas at 9.09% of generation. The state has the 32nd highest amount of total CO2 emissions from electricity generation of all of the states in the United States, emitting 16,610,252,421.28 kilograms each year. A better measurement of pollution is the CO2 emissions per citizen in the state, which amounts to 5,264.62 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases per person per year. Using this measurement Iowa is the 22nd highest polluting state in the nation. Iowa has 267 electricity producing plants within its borders. This is the 8th highest number of plants within a single state and the 5th highest number of plants per capita in the US.

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Natural Gas
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Conventional Hydroelectric

Net Metering

Companies offering net metering in Iowa include MidAmerican Energy & Alliant Energy & Muscatine Water,Electric and Communications. At the state level, Iowa is known for above average net metering and feed in tariff regulations.

Energy Loss

There are 144 providers in Iowa that reported energy loss, including MidAmerican Energy , Alliant Energy, and Linn County REC. Combined, these 144 companies average an annual energy loss of 3.00% of electricity produced. For comparison, the nationwide average electricity loss is 2.72%. Iowa ranks 35th worst in the nation for energy loss.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

When it comes to stimulating solar panel installs at private residences, one of the best uses of government resources is tax breaks and rebates for solar installs. With over $2000 or 20% in tax credits for solar purchases, Iowa has decent options for state solar tax credits. There are currently no state sponsored rebates available to citizens who are installing solar panels. Homeowners in Iowa have access to a 100% property tax exemption from the state that lasts less than 10 years. There is currently a 100% sales tax exemption in place for the install of private solar at a home.

State Level Initiatives

State level legislation has a big part in affecting whether customers in a state can afford to purchase personal solar systems or find electricity plans that are based on renewable fuel types. Many states require renewable fuel sources to be a percentage of the fuel used for electricity production. These requirements are called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Iowa, sadly, has only a limited or discretionary program set up. Furthermore, there are currently no low income solar programs to help low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Iowa

Where does Iowa get its electricity?

Fuels used for electricity production in Iowa include Wind (59.74%), Coal (27.98%) and solar (9.09%).

How much does electricity cost in Iowa?

The average rate for electricity in Iowa in 2021 is 12.68 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh).

What is a good electricity rate in Iowa?

Anything below the Iowa average of 12.68 cents per kilowatt hour should be considered a good rate. The rates in the state range from 7.28 cents to 25.18 cents per kilowatt hour, with Bancroft Municipal Utilities currently having the lowest rates.