Electricity Rates in Iowa

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Companies & Statistics in Iowa

  • Population
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  • Total Production
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    70,989,456 MWh / 22.23 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    32,561,069 MWh / 10.2 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    44,252,100 MWh / 13.86 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    9,862,081,690 kg / 3,088.58 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    26,737,373 MWh / 8.37 MWh per capita
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Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Iowa

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.156/kWh$0.105/kWh$169.06/mo.$80.34/mo.
19th13.12¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Iowa
18th$116.23Average residential monthly electricity bill for Iowa Residents

Iowa Electricity Fuel Mix

Iowa's Electricity Prices and Usage

Residents in Iowa enjoy a lower residential electricity rate than many people around the US, with an average state electric rate of 13.12 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the US average price of 15.72 cents. There are over 180 electric providers that call the state home, but due to the electricity market regulations in place residents most likely have only one or two electricity company choices determined by their location. There are over 9,862,081,690.07 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity use in the state, which is enough to make Iowa the 31st highest polluting state in the country based on total kilograms emitted. On average, citizens of Iowa account for 3,088.58 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electric use per resident in the state, while the nationwide average emissions per capita is 2,545.56. Overall, consumers in the state consume over 32,500,000 megawatt hours for their electricity needs, which is the 27th highest amount for total electricity consumption in the United States. Roughly 62.34% of the states' electricity is generated from sustainable fuel sources, ranking them as the 7th highest state in terms of percentage of electricity produced from sustainable sources.

Residential Electricity Providers in Iowa

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Alliant EnergyBUNDLED18.08133.363,647,875659,444,90313,857,451.88
Linn County RECBUNDLED12.25111.37306,10937,510,000
Eastern Iowa Light & PowerBUNDLED12.45142.71291,97136,349,900
North West Rural Electric CooperativeBUNDLED9.14206.19249,92122,847,400
Midland Power CoopBUNDLED12.12179.06204,32624,758,000
Ames UtilitiesBUNDLED11.5569.84180,73420,866,800258,375
Cedar Falls Electric UtilityBUNDLED10.7891.33176,72319,055,600219,224.33
Iowa Lakes Electric CooperativeBUNDLED12.57188.74170,88021,473,50069,877
Maquoketa Valley ElectricBUNDLED12.04132.93141,87717,077,900
East-Central Iowa Rural Electric CooperativeBUNDLED11.18154.42132,66414,834,000

Commercial Electricity Providers in Iowa

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Alliant EnergyBUNDLED13.49530.334,034,582544,377,19613,857,451.88
North West Rural Electric CooperativeBUNDLED7.022,692.24407,72128,623,900
Ames UtilitiesBUNDLED8.19757.14338,77927,747,600258,375
Cedar Falls Electric UtilityBUNDLED8.31740.57233,76919,426,600219,224.33
Maquoketa Valley ElectricBUNDLED10.14218.4153,14615,523,000
Muscatine Water,Electric and CommunicationsBUNDLED8.78681.11144,71912,701,400644,860
Iowa Lakes Electric CooperativeBUNDLED11.32358.16129,75114,690,10069,877
Raccoon Valley ElectricBUNDLED9.301,400.7183,836.187,799,177.15
Spencer Municipal UtilitiesBUNDLED8.1049679,611.846,446,079.9345,480.32
MiEnergy CooperativeBUNDLED10.91588.377,7778,485,600

Power Plants in Iowa

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Council Bluffs Coal 6,709,145.016,526,471,100.08972.77
Wapello County Coal 3,630,987.013,804,392,388.371,047.76
Louisa County Coal 3,554,908.993,652,025,127.251,027.32
Marshalltown Generating StationAlliant Energy (100.00%)
Marshalltown Natural Gas 3,206,9561,173,765,410.44366.01
Cerro Gordo County Natural Gas 2,591,0951,132,924,703.96437.24
Orient Wind 1,950,084
Highland Wind Project (IA)MidAmerican Energy (100.00%)
O'Brien County Wind 1,699,005
Palo Alto Wind FarmMidAmerican Energy (100.00%)
Palo Alto County Wind 1,488,642
Rolling Hills Wind FarmMidAmerican Energy (100.00%)
Cass County Wind 1,483,774
Boone County Wind 1,371,396

Quick Facts

When calculating by total customers, Alliant Energy is the largest provider in the state of Iowa.

With 18,251,346.7 megawatt hours generated from coal, Iowa is 17th in electricity generation using coal as the fuel.

Consumers in the state of Iowa experience an average of 1.29 power outages a year, with an average of 108.25 minutes per outage.

Citizens of Iowa use 10.2 megawatt hours per year each, which ranks the state at 8th in the nation in electricity use per person.

The population of Iowa has grown by 0.08% in the last 12 months.

Iowa has seen a rise in electricity production from solar power of 92.03% year over year.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Adair County7,4396313.63$167.34/mo
Adams County3,697312.89$130.22/mo
Allamakee County14,0683215.46$151.38/mo
Appanoose County12,310315.34$135.50/mo
Audubon County5,6576112.05$164.68/mo
Benton County25,654512.75$148.36/mo
Black Hawk County131,3964111.17$134.97/mo
Boone County26,7213113.98$164.66/mo
Bremer County24,863614.70$167.78/mo
Buchanan County20,5984112.05$151.24/mo
Buena Vista County20,723513.08$183.54/mo
Butler County14,421513.41$194.00/mo
Calhoun County9,962313.49$215.13/mo
Carroll County20,756614.04$221.94/mo
Cass County13,1587112.64$140.83/mo
Cedar County18,494514.05$138.24/mo
Cerro Gordo County43,1853216.84$156.40/mo
Cherokee County11,6064112.48$188.49/mo
Chickasaw County12,021814.47$169.96/mo
Clarke County9,736213.93$140.64/mo
Clay County16,4104113.62$175.05/mo
Clayton County17,173615.67$147.53/mo
Clinton County46,5893113.67$140.58/mo
Crawford County16,555613.36$190.60/mo
Dallas County96,604312.98$134.91/mo
Davis County9,066315.89$167.36/mo
Decatur County7,718513.85$135.18/mo
Delaware County17,5084113.31$133.42/mo
Des Moines County39,0695114.29$137.67/mo
Dickinson County17,536513.64$177.82/mo
Dubuque County98,6873113.68$132.90/mo
Emmet County9,4334113.28$180.00/mo
Fayette County19,582315.37$147.22/mo
Floyd County15,672414.01$181.75/mo
Franklin County10,0564113.99$218.56/mo
Fremont County6,702214.35$119.69/mo
Greene County8,831513.06$175.69/mo
Grundy County12,3364113.78$196.22/mo
Guthrie County10,5995111.64$134.06/mo
Hamilton County15,07310113.44$156.37/mo
Hancock County10,8373214.06$166.56/mo
Hardin County16,9972113.65$167.34/mo
Harrison County14,589412.84$217.09/mo
Henry County20,488414.39$137.81/mo
Howard County9,4563115.26$155.31/mo
Humboldt County9,622412.13$178.56/mo
Ida County6,979119.14$206.19/mo
Iowa County16,5965213.30$133.03/mo
Jackson County19,4996112.98$132.09/mo
Jasper County37,686316.19$140.71/mo
Jefferson County15,846213.81$142.54/mo
Johnson County151,8334213.21$132.60/mo
Jones County20,680213.83$133.06/mo
Keokuk County10,050214.80$130.88/mo
Kossuth County14,8239413.61$163.88/mo
Lee County33,7248115.83$137.00/mo
Linn County228,5675314.60$121.56/mo
Louisa County10,8912213.71$140.62/mo
Lucas County8,650314.57$136.68/mo
Lyon County11,953510.20$239.08/mo
Madison County16,414413.91$165.40/mo
Mahaska County22,1323113.87$143.78/mo
Marion County33,3813112.48$144.46/mo
Marshall County40,1374215.62$150.06/mo
Mitchell County10,5263212.66$184.63/mo
Monona County8,732313.68$186.57/mo
Monroe County7,589213.40$127.43/mo
Montgomery County10,327312.26$129.36/mo
Muscatine County43,1455113.07$138.57/mo
O'Brien County14,139719.49$200.32/mo
Osceola County6,1687311.53$251.86/mo
Page County15,250313.71$128.20/mo
Palo Alto County8,9964113.02$181.44/mo
Plymouth County25,543519.15$204.88/mo
Pocahontas County7,0916113.34$180.76/mo
Polk County488,8717112.47$126.11/mo
Pottawattamie County93,5713113.48$196.44/mo
Poweshiek County18,6285216.03$131.82/mo
Ringgold County4,739513.15$131.62/mo
Sac County9,8297213.41$211.78/mo
Scott County174,1708113.71$129.18/mo
Shelby County11,750513.50$193.57/mo
Sioux County35,64759.16$203.13/mo
Story County98,1065315.03$146.94/mo
Tama County17,079713.96$159.27/mo
Taylor County5,9324114.04$138.47/mo
Union County12,1935114.55$142.59/mo
Van Buren County7,196715.24$155.76/mo
Wapello County35,3434116.62$147.09/mo
Warren County51,862513.26$136.80/mo
Washington County22,525416.51$137.06/mo
Wayne County6,504513.90$132.37/mo
Webster County37,1148113.02$175.26/mo
Winnebago County10,7434212.43$186.74/mo
Winneshiek County20,100215.46$153.47/mo
Woodbury County105,1025213.36$186.06/mo
Worth County7,450414.78$165.33/mo
Wright County12,9785113.07$195.00/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

In Iowa, Wind is 59.90% of the fuel utilized for electricity generation. Coal (25.71%) is also used for electricity generation, as well as Natural Gas (11.79%). Electricity use in the state results in the release of 9,862,081,690.07 kilograms of CO2 emissions per year, which is 31st largest emissions amount in the country. Additionally, the state ranks 21st worst in the nation in pollution per capita, which could be argued to be the more important statistic. Iowa has the 6th most electricity generation plants of any state in the nation, with 73 total plants. This equates to the 4th most power plants per resident in the nation.

Natural Gas
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Conventional Hydroelectric

Iowa Net Metering

About 37.29% of the electric companies in Iowa offer net metering to their consumers. The state has decent net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other types of electricity generation more feasible.

Energy Loss

The average energy loss for providers in Iowa is 2.02%. This includes data from 19 providers, including Alliant Energy, Linn County REC, and Ames Utilities. The national average is 2.45%, resulting in Iowa having a rank of 9th best in the country for energy loss efficiency.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

States that want to support solar panel installs at private residences can do this by passing solar related tax and rebate incentives. With over $2000 or 20% in tax credits for solar purchases, Iowa has decent options for state solar tax credits. Offering no rebates for solar panel purchases, the state is currently dropping the ball for its citizens who want to install private solar panels. Iowa offers consumers a 100% tax exemption that lasts less than 10 years. There is currently a 100% sales tax exemption in place for the install of solar panels.

State Level Initiatives

Policies enforced at the state level affect whether customers who are looking for renewable energy sources can easily find alternatives. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for electric suppliers who sell electricity in the state. These standards dictate that a percentage of electricity must be produced from green energy. Sadly, Iowa only has limited or discretionary standards program set up. In addition, there are currently no low income solar programs to assist low income families to install solar panels.

Learn about going solar in Iowa, 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 Electricity in Iowa

How much does electricity cost in Iowa?

Anything below the Iowa average of 13.12 cents per kilowatt hour would be a good electricity rate. The rates in the state range from 6.66 cents to 23.49 cents per kilowatt hour, with Coggon, Iowa Electric Utility currently having the lowest rates.

Which electricity company is the largest provider in Iowa?

By total customer count, Alliant Energy is the largest electricity company in Iowa.

What is the average electric bill in Iowa?

In 2023, Iowa has an average electric bill of $116, and the nationwide average is $148.

Does Iowa have a deregulated electricity market?

No, Iowa has a regulated electricity market where consumers often have only a single supplier choice for their electricity needs.

Where does Iowa get its electricity?

The primary fuel type used for electricity production in Iowa is Wind, making up 59.90% of the fuel used in the state. Coal and Natural Gas also account for 25.71% and 11.79% respectively.

How many electric companies offer service in Iowa?

There are 177 electricity suppliers offering service in Iowa.

How many power plants are within Iowa?

There are 73 electricity plants located in Iowa.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Iowa?

Alex Zdanov
Last Reviewed By: Alex Zdanov
Published: 2023-08-24