Electricity In Idaho

  • Population1,787,065
  • Total Consumption25,228,074 MWh / 14.12 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption5,480,108,897 kg
  • Total Production16,873,046 MWh / 9.44 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 Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.113/kWh$0.092/kWh$140.43/mo.$71.93/mo.
2nd10.09¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Idaho
9th$98.02Average residential monthly electricity bill for Idaho Residents

Energy Profile of Idaho

Idaho's Electricity Prices and Usage

Residents in Idaho enjoy a lower residential 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 13.62 cents. The state is home to 29 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 19th highest ranked state in the nation for electricity consumption per capita, with an average of 14.12 megawatt hours consumed yearly per person in the state. All told, customers in the state consume a grand total of 25,228,074 megawatt hours for statewide electricity needs. Idaho Power sells 14,766,918 megawatt hours in the state each year, which is more than any other electricity supplier. Around 72.14% of the states’ electricity is produced from renewable fuel types, ranking them as the 5th highest state in terms of percentage of electricity produced from sustainable fuel types.

Residential Electricity Providers in Idaho

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Idaho PowerBUNDLED10.2497.685,528,549566,248,0588,611,763.02
Avista UtilitiesBUNDLED9.9390.241,314,892130,521,9681,250,736
PacifiCorpBUNDLED10.4596.01768,75880,326,478217,992
Kootenai ElectricBUNDLED10.03116.62376,55937,752,371
Idaho Falls PowerBUNDLED7.8480306,34224,024,428230,040
Northern LightsBUNDLED11.42116.99201,01322,958,000
Fall River ElectricBUNDLED10.41116.1174,73818,198,00051,740
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
Washington County Conventional Hydroelectric 2,065,021
Langley Gulch Power PlantIdaho Power (100.00%)
Payette County Natural Gas 1,954,482729,766,228.24373.38
Adams County Conventional Hydroelectric 1,798,611.02
Rathdrum Power LLCITOCHU (100.00%)
Rathdrum Natural Gas 1,688,842634,480,443.52375.69
Clearwater County Conventional Hydroelectric 1,637,786
Bonner County Conventional Hydroelectric 1,002,706
Bonneville County Conventional Hydroelectric 833,894
Owyhee County Conventional Hydroelectric 447,516
Clearwater Paper IPP LewistonClearwater Paper Corporation (100.00%)
Nez Perce County Black Liquour 400,823162,337,157.38405.01
Bonneville County Wind 399,617

Quick Facts

Within the most recent year, Idaho has seen a 10.69% increase in CO2 emissions from electricity use.

Idaho has seen a 8.58% decline throughout the last 12 months in the usage of renewable fuels for electricity production.

Unfortunately, during the course of the previous 12 months, there was a 10.99% rise in the burning of non-renewable fuel types in the state of Idaho.

Idaho emits 3,066.54 kilograms per capita of CO2 emissions. It is the 41st highest polluting state per capita.

With total generation of 16,873,046.49 megawatt hours, Idaho is ranked 44th highest for total generation of any states in the United States.

Idaho currently is 21st in the United States in megawatt hours produced by solar power.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Ada County481,5872810.24$97.68/mo
Adams County4,2942310.24$97.68/mo
Bannock County87,8084310.36$96.75/mo
Bear Lake County6,125310.40$95.76/mo
Benewah County9,2984110.75$110.67/mo
Bingham County46,811410.25$97.61/mo
Blaine County23,021429.82$109.03/mo
Boise County7,8312110.24$97.68/mo
Bonner County45,7393210.96$108.71/mo
Bonneville County119,0625108.22$85.59/mo
Boundary County12,2452211.42$116.99/mo
Butte County2,59759.32$123.83/mo
Camas County1,106210.24$97.68/mo
Canyon County229,8492210.24$97.68/mo
Caribou County7,155538.92$88.68/mo
Cassia County24,030359.40$123.78/mo
Clark County8453210.54$92.02/mo
Clearwater County8,7563211.21$116.48/mo
Custer County4,31529.11$125.51/mo
Elmore County27,51121510.24$97.68/mo
Franklin County13,8762210.45$96.01/mo
Fremont County13,0993410.42$115.38/mo
Gem County18,1122110.24$97.68/mo
Gooding County15,1792910.24$97.68/mo
Idaho County16,667410.65$103.25/mo
Jefferson County29,8713110.44$98.41/mo
Jerome County24,41221010.24$97.68/mo
Kootenai County165,6974410.00$104.44/mo
Latah County40,108311.10$114.23/mo
Lemhi County8,027519.95$104.51/mo
Lewis County3,838311.06$113.32/mo
Lincoln County5,3662310.24$97.68/mo
Madison County39,9071110.41$116.10/mo
Minidoka County21,0393110.15$98.21/mo
Nez Perce County40,4083111.22$116.73/mo
Oneida County4,53159.92$110.38/mo
Owyhee County11,8232310.24$97.68/mo
Payette County23,9512110.24$97.68/mo
Power County7,6813610.19$99.37/mo
Shoshone County12,882510.43$101.20/mo
Teton County12,1421110.41$116.10/mo
Twin Falls County86,87822610.24$97.68/mo
Valley County11,3922110.24$97.68/mo
Washington County10,1942110.24$97.68/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Idaho has around 49.87% of its electricity produced from Conventional Hydroelectric. Natural Gas and Wind make up the next highest amounts at 4,629,679.17 megawatt hours (27.44%) and 2,608,517.49 megawatt hours (15.46%), respectively. The state citizens average 3,066.54 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person from electricity use. This equals a total pollution amount from electricity consumption of 5,480,108,896.63 kilograms of CO2 emissions. Idaho has 138 power plants, which is the 26th most in the US and 7th most when counting plants per citizen in the state.

CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
49.87%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
27.44%
WIND
Wind
Wind
15.46%
SOLAR
Solar
3.34%
BLACK LIQUOUR
Black Liquour
1.53%
OTHER
Other
2.37%

Idaho Net Metering

Idaho has 13 out of 29 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 8 companies in Idaho that reported energy loss. Combined, these 8 electricity companies average an annual energy loss of 5.72% of electricity generated. With a nationwide average of 2.76%, Idaho is ranked as the 6th best 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.

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

Where does Idaho get its electricity?

Idaho’s electricity is produced using mainly Conventional Hydroelectric, which accounts for 49.87% of the fuel used in the state. Natural Gas and Wind also make up 27.44% and 15.46% respectively.

What electricity company is the largest supplier in Idaho?

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

What power companies are in Idaho?

Does Idaho have a deregulated electricity market?

No, the state has a regulated market, where residents’ electricity supplier choices are often determined by their location or state legislation.

How much does electricity cost in Idaho?

The average rate per kilowatt hour of electricity is 10.09 cents in Idaho in 2022.

What is the average electric bill in Idaho?

The Idaho average electric bill is $98 so far in 2022.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Idaho?

How many power plants are located in Idaho?

Idaho is home to 138 electricity plants generating electricity for the state.

How many electric companies offer service in Idaho?

There are 29 electricity suppliers operating in Idaho.

Last Reviewed By: Nick Reese
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-12