Electricity in Idaho

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Idaho

  • Population
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  • Total Production
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    16,948,587 MWh / 9.22 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    25,596,519 MWh / 13.92 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    12,455,047 MWh / 6.77 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    5,497,308,845 kg / 2,989.12 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    4,493,540 MWh / 2.44 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Idaho

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.113/kWh$0.092/kWh$140.43/mo.$71.93/mo.
2nd10.18¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Idaho
9th$99.55Average residential monthly electricity bill for Idaho Residents

Energy Profile of Idaho

Idaho's Electricity Prices and Usage

The average residential electricity rate in Idaho in 2022 is 10.18 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 27.26% less than the national average price of 13.99 cents.. The electricity market in the state is regulated, meaning citizens must choose their electricity supplier based on where they live. Of the 29 electricity providers most consumers will have only one option. Citizens in the state consume about 51.02% more electricity than is generated, resulting in the need to import electricity from other states. Idaho has experienced a 7.44% decline within the previous year in the usage of renewable fuels for electricity production. The state is ranked 4th in the country for percentage of electricity generated from renewable fuel sources, creating 73.49% of their electricity from these sustainable sources. The US average monthly residential electricity bill is $123.86, while the Idaho average is $99.55 per month. Idaho is 9th in the nation for lowest average monthly bill total.

Residential Electricity Providers in Idaho

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Idaho PowerBUNDLED10.34995,614,989580,865,2168,584,373.02
Avista UtilitiesBUNDLED9.9691.381,339,364133,362,3401,250,736
Kootenai ElectricBUNDLED10.35120.93386,20239,963,464
Idaho Falls PowerBUNDLED7.9580.96309,16924,574,610230,040
Northern LightsBUNDLED11.42116.99201,01322,958,000
Fall River ElectricBUNDLED10.41116.1174,73818,198,00052,221
Clearwater PowerBUNDLED12.18136.27120,979.3214,735,007.02
United Electric Cooperative (Idaho)BUNDLED7.02115.7994,0136,597,000
Idaho County Light & PowerBUNDLED11.27113.2645,640.155,144,249.38

Power Plants in Idaho

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Langley Gulch Power PlantIdaho Power (100.00%)
Payette County Natural Gas 1,927,107722,979,323.64375.16
Clearwater Paper IPP LewistonClearwater Paper Corporation (100.00%)
Nez Perce County Black Liquour 398,671162,102,679.16406.61
Grand View Solar TwoGrand View PV Solar Two, LLC (100.00%)
Grand View Solar 189,660
Twin Falls County Wind 93,650
Simplot Leasing Don PlantSimplot Leasing Corp (100.00%)
Power County Waste Heat 61,911
Simcoe SolarSimcoe Solar (100.00%)
Elmore County Solar 48,375
American Falls Solar IIAmerican Falls Solar II, LLC (100.00%)
Power County Solar 46,786
Orchard Ranch SolarOrchard Ranch Solar, LLC (100.00%)
Ada County Solar 46,297
American Falls SolarAmerican Falls Solar LLC (100.00%)
Power County Solar 45,392
Murphy Flat SolarMurphy Flat Power, LLC (100.00%)
Owyhee County Solar 43,897

Quick Facts

There was a 6.23% increase in the use of non-renewable electricity sources during the course of the previous 12 months in Idaho.

Natural gas accounts for 26.02% of the electricity generation in Idaho, resulting in a ranking of 39th countrywide for natural gas generation.

Idaho saw a 7.21% rise in CO2 pollution caused by the use of electricity throughout the most recent 12 months.

With 20,623.22 megawatt hours generated from coal, Idaho ranks 46th in electricity production using coal as a fuel source.

Idaho is the 44th highest polluting state in the United States based on electricity related emissions, emitting 5,497,308,844.81 kilograms of CO2 emissions.

As the 45th highest generator of electricity in the United States, electricity plants in Idaho generate 16,948,587.01 megawatt hours of electricity.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Ada County494,9672110.34$99.00/mo
Adams County4,3792110.34$99.00/mo
Bannock County87,0184110.43$99.23/mo
Bear Lake County6,372310.44$99.07/mo
Benewah County9,5303110.77$107.75/mo
Bingham County47,992410.38$99.10/mo
Blaine County24,272410.03$106.58/mo
Boise County7,610210.34$99.00/mo
Bonner County47,110410.58$104.30/mo
Bonneville County123,96458.62$88.18/mo
Boundary County12,056310.69$104.17/mo
Butte County2,57439.56$120.00/mo
Camas County1,077210.34$99.00/mo
Canyon County231,105210.34$99.00/mo
Caribou County7,02748.83$88.96/mo
Cassia County24,65579.48$124.79/mo
Clark County790310.58$95.54/mo
Clearwater County8,734310.31$98.68/mo
Custer County4,27529.17$123.08/mo
Elmore County28,6662310.34$99.00/mo
Franklin County14,194210.50$99.42/mo
Fremont County13,3883110.45$109.98/mo
Gem County19,123210.34$99.00/mo
Gooding County15,598210.34$99.00/mo
Idaho County16,541510.25$96.39/mo
Jefferson County30,891310.49$100.98/mo
Jerome County24,237210.34$99.00/mo
Kootenai County171,362410.10$102.45/mo
Latah County39,517211.00$112.38/mo
Lemhi County7,9745110.06$104.16/mo
Lewis County3,533211.01$112.70/mo
Lincoln County5,127210.34$99.00/mo
Madison County52,9133110.47$105.35/mo
Minidoka County21,613910.10$101.01/mo
Nez Perce County42,0902111.00$112.53/mo
Oneida County4,564510.10$108.68/mo
Owyhee County11,9132210.34$99.00/mo
Payette County25,3862110.34$99.00/mo
Power County7,8783310.28$100.96/mo
Shoshone County13,169210.05$93.18/mo
Teton County11,630310.43$113.63/mo
Twin Falls County90,0462410.34$99.00/mo
Valley County11,746210.34$99.00/mo
Washington County10,500310.34$98.91/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Electricity consumption in Idaho results in the release of 5,497,308,844.81 kilograms of CO2 pollution per year, which is 44th highest in the United States. This total also can be equated to a ranking of 42nd worst in the United States for emissions per resident with an average of 2,989.12 kilograms of emissions capita. The state has 21 electricity producing plants, which is the 40th most in the country and 15th most when counting power plants per person. Idaho has about 51.04% of its electricity generated by Conventional Hydroelectric. Other fuel types used include Natural Gas at 26.02% and Wind at 15.68% of production.

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Idaho Net Metering

There are 29 companies in Idaho offering electricity. Of those 29, 12 of them offer some type of net metering option for their customers, making solar panels and alternative electric sources more economically feasible. The state of Idaho has restricted state level net metering legislation.

Energy Loss

Idaho has 8 providers who report energy loss. The average energy loss amount for these suppliers is 5.72%. The US average is 2.76%, meaning Idaho ranks 46th best in the nation for energy loss efficiency.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

State governments can help encourage private consumers to consider installing solar panels by giving rebates and tax breaks to people who choose to make those installs. With over $2000 or 20% in tax credits for solar purchases, Idaho has decent options for state solar tax credits. The state offers no rebates to citizens who are purchasing solar panels. Idaho offers no property tax exemptions to homeowners who install private solar panels. Homeowners in the state do not have access to a sales tax exemption when installing private solar panels.

State Level Initiatives

Whether a consumer is able to easily find electricity options with renewable fuels is partially determined by statewide legislation. Many states require renewable fuels to make up a percentage of the fuel used for electricity generation by electricity companies in the state. These guidelines are called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Idaho does not currently have any standards set up that suppliers must adhere to. In addition, there are currently no low income solar programs to encourage low income families to install solar panels.

Learn about going solar in Idaho, 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 Idaho

Which electricity company is the largest provider in Idaho?

The largest electricity supplier in Idaho by megawatt hours sold is Idaho Power.

Where does Idaho get its electricity?

Idaho's electricity is produced using primarily Conventional Hydroelectric, which makes up 51.04% of the fuel used in the state. Natural Gas and Wind also make up 26.02% and 15.68% respectively.

What is a good electricity rate in Idaho?

The average electric rate in Idaho is 10.18 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Farmers Electric Company, at 6.00 cents per kilowatt hour.

How many power plants are located in Idaho?

There are 21 electricity plants in Idaho.

How many electric companies offer service in Idaho?

There are 29 electricity suppliers offering service in Idaho.

What is the average electric bill in Idaho?

The average electric bill in the state of Idaho in 2022 is $100 while the nationwide average is $124.

Does Idaho have a deregulated electricity market?

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

What is the cheapest electricity company in Idaho?

What electricity companies are in Idaho?

Last Reviewed By: Nick Reese
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-25