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Electricity In Idaho

  • Population1,787,065
  • Total Consumption24,642,086 MWh / 13.79 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions5,413,011,804 kg
  • Total Production17,984,032 MWh / 10.06 MWh per capita

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Idaho

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

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.113/kWh$0.092/kWh$140.43/mo.$71.93/mo.
3rd10.09¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Idaho
8th$96.1Average residential monthly electricity bill for Idaho Residents

Energy Profile of Idaho

Idaho's Electricity Prices and Usage

Residents in Idaho enjoy a lower electricity rate than many people around the United States, with an average state electricity rate of 10.09 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the national average of 13.33 cents. The state is home to 30 electric vendors, but residents are most often faced with only a couple supplier choices due to the fact that Idaho has a regulated electricity market. Idaho is the 18th highest ranked state in the nation for electricity consumption per capita, with an average of 13.79 megawatt hours consumed yearly per person in the state. All told, customers in the state consume a grand total of 24,642,086 megawatt hours for statewide electricity needs. Idaho Power has 567,186 total residential customers, which is more than any other electricity supplier who operate in the state. The US average monthly power bill is $120.11, while the Idaho average is $96.1 per month. Idaho is 8th in the nation for lowest average monthly bill total.

Electricity Providers in Idaho

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Idaho Power10.2395.485,343,753546,426,5336,580,2284,574,640,130.49
Avista Utilities9.9387.771,266,419125,757,5221,250,7361,015,300,408.05
Kootenai Electric9.98113.92361,70236,083,593No DataIcon representing missing value.76,012,375.1
Idaho Falls Power7.8678.98300,06123,579,254323,876186,016,396.44
Northern Lights11.51117.72195,20622,471,000No DataIcon representing missing value.39,426,699.15
Fall River Electric10.90118.27164,80817,970,00051,92276,050,569.07
Clearwater Power11.64133.69122,54314,268,700No DataIcon representing missing value.26,382,240.5
United Electric Cooperative7.10120.7194,3696,696,400No DataIcon representing missing value.45,757,365.86
Idaho County Light & Power11.25113.8845,1865,082,300No DataIcon representing missing value.8,156,641.22

Power Plants in Idaho

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BrownleeIdaho Power (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 2,065,021127,334,993.6661.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Rathdrum Power LLCTyr Energy Inc (100.00%)
Natural Gas 1,801,369676,366,909.54375.47No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Langley Gulch Power PlantIdaho Power (100.00%)
Natural Gas 1,721,567643,447,583.52373.76No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
DworshakUSACE Northwestern Division (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 1,637,786100,990,481.0861.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Cabinet GorgeAvista Utilities (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 1,002,70661,829,670.6361.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Palisades DamUS Bureau of Reclamation (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 833,89451,420,249.5361.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
C J StrikeIdaho Power (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 447,51627,595,099.0861.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Goshen Phase IILeeward Renewable Energy (50.00%)
Wind 399,61711,294,023.9828.26No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
American FallsIdaho Power (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 391,24324,125,137.1961.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Clearwater Paper IPP LewistonClearwater Paper Corporation (100.00%)
Black Liquour 389,990154,364,284.2395.82No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Idaho has dropped carbon dioxide emissions from electricity consumption by -125,729,497.87 kilograms (4.44%) within the previous 12 months.

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With 1,787,065 citizens within its borders and 17,984,032.06 megawatt hours produced a year, Idaho had a megawatt hour per capita production of 10.06 megawatt hours. This is the 37th largest megawatt hour per capita amount in the US.

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Renewable electricity sources account for 77.12%, or 13,869,509.63 megawatt hours, of Idaho’s total energy generation, giving the state a ranking of 15th in the nation for total megawatt hours from sustainable fuels.

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When measuring CO2 equivalent emissions per capita, Idaho experienced a 6.20% decrease throughout the last year.

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With 16,972.72 megawatt hours generated by coal, Idaho is 47th in electricity generation using coal as a fuel type.

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Idaho currently is 19th in the United States in megawatt hours produced by solar power.

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Ada County481,5872 providers610.23$95.48/mo
Adams County4,2942 providers210.23$95.48/mo
Bannock County87,8085 providers310.29$95.48/mo
Bear Lake County6,1256 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.8.94$87.12/mo
Benewah County9,2986 providers110.36$110.29/mo
Bingham County46,8118 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.9.84$92.73/mo
Blaine County23,02112 providers28.38$122.22/mo
Boise County7,8313 providers110.22$95.58/mo
Bonner County45,7396 providers210.40$105.92/mo
Bonneville County119,0629 providers109.50$92.44/mo
Boundary County12,2459 providers110.34$101.95/mo
Butte County2,5976 providers19.98$106.62/mo
Camas County1,1062 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.23$95.48/mo
Canyon County229,8492 providers210.23$95.48/mo
Caribou County7,1558 providers38.97$87.48/mo
Cassia County24,03017 providers68.33$117.88/mo
Clark County8458 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.06$81.38/mo
Clearwater County8,7565 providers210.88$111.87/mo
Custer County4,3157 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.9.74$110.57/mo
Elmore County27,5113 providers1610.20$96.16/mo
Franklin County13,8763 providers210.48$95.48/mo
Fremont County13,0996 providers410.61$106.33/mo
Gem County18,1122 providers110.23$95.48/mo
Gooding County15,1792 providers1210.23$95.48/mo
Idaho County16,66712 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.60$108.04/mo
Jefferson County29,8718 providers19.87$97.16/mo
Jerome County24,4123 providers910.15$97.26/mo
Kootenai County165,6976 providers49.81$104.81/mo
Latah County40,1084 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.78$110.76/mo
Lemhi County8,0279 providers110.51$91.63/mo
Lewis County3,8384 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.93$111.70/mo
Lincoln County5,3663 providers210.02$100.21/mo
Madison County39,9075 providers110.66$106.63/mo
Minidoka County21,03914 providers18.20$116.26/mo
Nez Perce County40,4088 providers110.70$106.41/mo
Oneida County4,5316 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.02$110.04/mo
Owyhee County11,8234 providers210.16$98.94/mo
Payette County23,9513 providers110.23$95.48/mo
Power County7,6816 providers410.21$100.96/mo
Shoshone County12,8826 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.37$104.89/mo
Teton County12,1425 providers19.76$100.05/mo
Twin Falls County86,8783 providers2410.22$95.62/mo
Valley County11,3922 providers110.23$95.48/mo
Washington County10,1943 providers19.41$81.00/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Idaho has around 55.96% of its electricity produced from Conventional Hydroelectric. Adding Conventional Hydroelectric totals to Natural Gas (22.55%) and Wind (14.88%), these three fuel types account for 16,793,821.7 megawatt hours (or 93.38%) state electricity production. The state emits 3,029 kilograms of CO2 equivalent pollution per resident in the state, which makes it the 41st highest polluting state in the US. With total emissions of 5,413,011,804.44 kilograms, the state ranks 44th highest for total emissions from electricity production, however, it could be argued that emissions per capita is a better measurement of a state’s pollution levels. Idaho is home to 137 electricity producing plants, which is 25th most in the country and 7th highest when considering power plants per citizen.

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Net Metering

Idaho has 8 out of 30 companies reporting that they offer net metering to residents with personal solar panels. At the state level, Idaho is known for heavily restricted net metering and feed in tariff regulations.

Energy Loss

There are 17 companies in Idaho that reported energy loss. Combined, these 17 electricity companies average an annual energy loss of 6.66% of electricity generated. With a nationwide average of 2.72%, Idaho is ranked as the 4th worst state in the US.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

Encouraging private citizens to purchase private solar panels can sometimes be a challenge due to high initial costs. Governments can help by enacting rebates and tax breaks for solar panel installs. Idaho has a tax credit of either over $2000 or over 20% of the cost of solar installation. The state offers no rebates to consumers who are installing solar. Idaho offers no property tax exemptions to homeowners who purchase private solar panels, making it less attractive for citizens to do so. The state does not offer a sales tax exemption for the purchase of solar, leaving residents high and dry for this one.

State Level Initiatives

Consumers who are shopping for electricity options that are made up with electricity produced from renewable fuel sources will have better luck with the existence of statewide legislation that encourage green energy usage. Many states require renewable fuel types to make up a percentage of the fuel used for electricity production by suppliers in the state. These stipulations are known as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Idaho does not currently have any standards set up that suppliers have to follow. Also, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that assist with the installation of solar panels at low income households.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Idaho

Where does Idaho get its electricity?

Idaho’s electricity is produced using mainly Conventional Hydroelectric, which accounts for 55.96% of the fuel used in the state.

How much does electricity cost in Idaho?

The average electricity rate paid by customers in Idaho in 2021 is 10.09 cents per kilowatt hour.

What is the average electric bill in Idaho?

In 2021, Idaho has an average electric bill of $96, while the national average is $120.