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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
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Iowa

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

Historical Electric Rates:

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 residential 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 CO2 emissions from electric use for each citizen in the state, while the nationwide average emissions per capita is 4,582.45. Customers in Iowa are faced with 0.95 electrical outages each year with outages lasting on average 91.5 minutes. The US average monthly residential power bill is $120.11, while the Iowa average is $108.81 per month. Iowa ranks 17th in the US for lowest average electricity bill amount.

Residential Electricity Providers in Iowa

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MidAmerican Energy10.4486.366,028,981629,386,30232,557,712.116,126,320,567.24
Alliant Energy16.09119.823,649,348587,299,73512,476,068.5110,922,035,371.49
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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Council Bluffs Coal 5,543,239.995,316,197,342.15959.04YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Louisa County Coal 3,191,5733,244,946,643.971,016.72YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Wapello County Coal 2,958,061.993,092,823,899.021,045.56No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Linn County Nuclear 2,904,863No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.11/2020
Cerro Gordo County Natural Gas 2,023,204773,173,446.92382.15No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Marshalltown Generating StationAlliant Energy (100.00%)
Marshalltown Natural Gas 1,889,239700,510,907.46370.79No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Orient 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%)
O'Brien County Wind 1,678,71647,784,144.428.46No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Boone County Wind 1,351,80738,489,475.0828.47No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Poweshiek County Wind 1,312,83737,374,350.5328.47No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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There was a 32.07% rise in power generated by wind in the state of Iowa over the last 12 months from 28,172,787.88 megawatt hours to 37,208,128.52 megawatt hours.

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When measuring CO2 emissions per capita, Iowa experienced a 1.77% drop within the previous 12 months.

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The state of Iowa produces 19.74 megawatt hours per capita per year, making it the 9th largest producer per capita in the country.

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17,428,348.26 megawatt hours are produced from coal in the state of Iowa. With 3,155,070 citizens, this is 5.52 megawatt hours per person.

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Iowa has lowered CO2 pollution due to electricity use by -372,788,118.89 kilograms (1.81%) over the course of the past year.

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Solar power usage in Iowa has risen by 411.48% year over year, with 101,161.04 megawatt hours being generated from solar in the previous 12 months.

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Adair County7,152121113.16$106.06/mo
Adams County3,6028211.86$106.99/mo
Allamakee County13,6873215.35$147.01/mo
Appanoose County12,4263No DataIcon representing missing value.14.50$124.86/mo
Audubon County5,4961119.83$99.79/mo
Benton County25,6457112.80$124.42/mo
Black Hawk County131,22810611.72$100.81/mo
Boone County26,2347314.40$145.75/mo
Bremer County25,06211413.41$127.93/mo
Buchanan County21,1758112.65$119.17/mo
Buena Vista County19,6208112.94$126.56/mo
Butler County14,4398No DataIcon representing missing value.11.37$120.27/mo
Calhoun County9,6686No DataIcon representing missing value.12.77$133.45/mo
Carroll County20,16511411.82$122.01/mo
Cass County12,83611611.29$109.89/mo
Cedar County18,6279313.27$111.91/mo
Cerro Gordo County42,4507514.37$135.82/mo
Cherokee County11,2358211.28$127.73/mo
Chickasaw County11,93311113.09$120.57/mo
Clarke County9,3952No DataIcon representing missing value.14.67$134.49/mo
Clay County16,0169314.29$163.75/mo
Clayton County17,5496313.99$100.44/mo
Clinton County46,4297114.02$131.67/mo
Crawford County16,8208310.85$123.72/mo
Dallas County93,4536No DataIcon representing missing value.12.00$108.62/mo
Davis County9,0003No DataIcon representing missing value.15.87$147.92/mo
Decatur County7,8705113.06$114.85/mo
Delaware County17,0115313.53$106.26/mo
Des Moines County38,9675113.31$114.15/mo
Dickinson County17,2586512.33$141.23/mo
Dubuque County97,3114313.05$108.93/mo
Emmet County9,2087212.74$158.50/mo
Fayette County19,6509114.19$133.83/mo
Floyd County15,6429314.25$132.57/mo
Franklin County10,0706312.95$154.82/mo
Fremont County6,9605110.60$90.83/mo
Greene County8,8889314.39$135.46/mo
Grundy County12,2329212.70$114.73/mo
Guthrie County10,6899512.67$109.87/mo
Hamilton County14,77312213.39$118.54/mo
Hancock County10,6309217.91$172.17/mo
Hardin County16,8462214.12$155.43/mo
Harrison County14,0496No DataIcon representing missing value.11.81$134.10/mo
Henry County19,9545213.30$108.19/mo
Howard County9,1582215.71$144.12/mo
Humboldt County9,5589No DataIcon representing missing value.12.42$124.74/mo
Ida County6,860529.70$154.89/mo
Iowa County16,1848313.85$125.23/mo
Jackson County19,4395514.67$114.25/mo
Jasper County37,1857No DataIcon representing missing value.13.64$124.51/mo
Jefferson County18,2956No DataIcon representing missing value.14.42$132.53/mo
Johnson County151,1408412.98$112.88/mo
Jones County20,6813No DataIcon representing missing value.13.04$108.84/mo
Keokuk County10,2466113.66$120.76/mo
Kossuth County14,81313511.97$126.04/mo
Lee County33,6573213.68$122.41/mo
Linn County226,7069611.75$103.14/mo
Louisa County11,0356214.19$133.78/mo
Lucas County8,6007No DataIcon representing missing value.14.51$128.83/mo
Lyon County11,75510110.64$136.17/mo
Madison County16,3386113.27$127.16/mo
Mahaska County22,0956112.14$114.38/mo
Marion County33,2538312.63$115.36/mo
Marshall County39,3699614.05$130.79/mo
Mills County15,1095No DataIcon representing missing value.10.50$88.02/mo
Mitchell County10,5863414.49$162.49/mo
Monona County8,6157No DataIcon representing missing value.11.90$135.03/mo
Monroe County7,7076No DataIcon representing missing value.13.83$118.73/mo
Montgomery County9,9178No DataIcon representing missing value.10.54$110.13/mo
Muscatine County42,6649412.92$110.04/mo
O'Brien County13,75311310.22$114.70/mo
Osceola County5,9589611.91$176.63/mo
Page County15,1077211.75$109.86/mo
Palo Alto County8,8867312.22$128.84/mo
Plymouth County25,17710No DataIcon representing missing value.10.72$121.61/mo
Pocahontas County6,6199311.41$118.40/mo
Polk County490,1617611.69$107.33/mo
Pottawattamie County93,2069211.22$104.42/mo
Poweshiek County18,50410611.82$104.02/mo
Ringgold County4,8949No DataIcon representing missing value.14.20$129.11/mo
Sac County9,72111210.80$120.95/mo
Scott County172,94310312.45$103.98/mo
Shelby County11,45410110.68$119.08/mo
Sioux County34,8559No DataIcon representing missing value.9.23$124.17/mo
Story County97,11791313.60$130.71/mo
Tama County16,85411413.50$119.95/mo
Taylor County6,1219412.52$120.38/mo
Union County12,2415114.40$127.16/mo
Van Buren County7,0444No DataIcon representing missing value.14.00$121.16/mo
Wapello County34,9697314.28$121.20/mo
Warren County51,4667112.34$105.56/mo
Washington County21,9655No DataIcon representing missing value.14.23$136.02/mo
Wayne County6,4414No DataIcon representing missing value.14.32$129.84/mo
Webster County35,90413411.97$93.65/mo
Winnebago County10,3543713.16$133.66/mo
Winneshiek County19,9912115.71$144.12/mo
Woodbury County103,1079211.39$125.85/mo
Worth County7,3815613.20$132.82/mo
Wright County12,5629211.71$123.58/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

The state of Iowa’s electricity facilities mainly use Wind, which accounts for 59.74% (or 37,208,128.52 megawatt hours) of the fuel types used for electricity generation in the state. Coal and Natural Gas are also important fuel sources in the state, with 27.98% and 9.09% of total electricity generation coming from each fuel type, respectively. For every person in the state there are 5,264.62 kilograms of CO2 emissions. This ranks them 22nd worst in the nation for emissions per capita from electricity consumption. This adds up to total emissions of 16,610,252,421.28 kilograms of CO2 emissions, making the state the 32nd highest for total pollution in the nation. Iowa has 238 power plants, which is 8th highest in the country and 6th most when considering power plants per resident.

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

Iowa 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

What is the average electric bill in Iowa?

In 2021, Iowa has an average electric bill of $109, and the US average is $120.

What is a good electricity rate in Iowa?

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

Where does Iowa get its electricity?

The main fuels used for electricity production in Iowa are Wind, Coal and Natural Gas, accounting for 59.74%, 27.98% and 9.09% respectively.

Does Iowa have a deregulated electricity market?

Iowa has a regulated electricity market, rather than a deregulated market. This means that consumers in the state normally have only one or two electricity supplier options to choose from due to state legislation.

How many electric companies offer service in Iowa?

Iowa is home to 180 electricity suppliers serving consumers in the area.

Which electricity company is the largest supplier in Iowa?

The largest electricity provider in Iowa by total customer count is MidAmerican Energy.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Iowa?

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1Bancroft Municipal Utilities7.28636
2Kimballton, Iowa Utility Company7.50221
3Eldridge Electric7.882,747
4Denison Municipal Utilities7.903,300
5City of Lehigh, Iowa Electric Utility7.98285
6Coggon, Iowa Electric Utility8.05362
7Spencer Municipal Utilities8.056,384
8Manilla, Iowa Electric Utility8.20484
9Alton, Iowa Electric Utility8.43584
10Atlantic Municipal Utilities8.434,658

How many power plants are located within Iowa?

Iowa has 238 active power plants generating electricity for the state.

What electricity companies offer service in Iowa?

State Customers RankArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.ProviderArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.State CustomersArrow DownBlue arrow pointing down.
1MidAmerican Energy708,193
2Alliant Energy495,157
3Linn County REC30,212
4Ames Utilities26,956
5Eastern Iowa Light & Power23,780
6Cedar Falls Electric Utility19,525
7Maquoketa Valley Electric16,353
8Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative12,828
9Midland Power Coop11,855
10Muscatine Water,Electric and Communications11,497

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