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Electricity In Massachusetts

  • Population6,892,503
  • Total Consumption50,029,379 MWh / 7.26 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions21,753,924,617 kg
  • Total Production19,427,380 MWh / 2.82 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Massachusetts

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

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.234/kWh$0.186/kWh$178.53/mo.$87.28/mo.
48th21.77¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Massachusetts
40th$131.82Average residential monthly electricity bill for Massachusetts Residents

Energy Profile of Massachusetts

Massachusetts's Electricity Prices and Usage

Consumers in Massachusetts are faced with a higher electricity rate than many people in the United States, with an average state electric rate of 21.77 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the US average rate of 13.33 cents. This makes Massachusetts the 48th lowest priced state in the United States based on average electricity rate. When buying electricity, customers have a lot of choices to choose between for their supplier due to the deregulated electricity market that exists in the state. The largest electricity supplier in the state based on megawatt hours sold is Constellation Energy. Consumers in the state use 257.52% of the electricity generated in the state, meaning they must import the additional 157.52%. There are over 21,753,924,616.58 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases emitted from electricity consumption in the state, which is enough to make Massachusetts the 25th highest CO2 emitting state in the nation based on total emissions. The state generates 16.31% of their electricity using sustainable fuel sources, which ranks them 24th in the nation for ratio of sustainable fuel sources to non-renewable sources.

Electricity Providers in Massachusetts

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National Grid23.74138.564,243,1751,007,358,5444,079.85,447,556,777.71
Eversource Energy22.43120.563,607,050809,158,00071,2225,106,726,593.12
Public Power LLC10.4862.251,428,120149,634,100No DataIcon representing missing value.972,818,407.73
Direct Energy11.8779.571,348,024159,976,800No DataIcon representing missing value.682,296,518.92
Constellation Energy11.1979.61755,93584,582,6001,543,4327,832,429,062.69
NextEra Energy Services10.5682.14664,68870,166,900No DataIcon representing missing value.568,385,268.44
Dynegy Energy Services10.7555.55572,74561,563,900No DataIcon representing missing value.372,446,686.9
Reliant Energy15.4690.91322,66149,884,700No DataIcon representing missing value.198,245,573.28
Taunton Municipal Light15.40100.52267,17241,133,00034,103.71618,325,518.62
Reading Municipal Light Department14.78124.02266,19939,353,2761,492.8623,930,606.5

Power Plants in Massachusetts

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Fore River Generating StationCalpine (100.00%)
Natural Gas 3,625,4241,429,135,292.43394.2No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
ANP Bellingham Energy ProjectANP Bellingham Energy Company LLC (100.00%)
Natural Gas 2,387,530997,102,034.32417.63No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station
Nuclear 2,177,20480,012,111.1336.75No DataIcon representing missing value.5/2019
ANP Blackstone Energy ProjectANP Blackstone Energy Company LLC (100.00%)
Natural Gas 2,118,375871,490,602.5411.4No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Mystic Generating StationConstellation Energy (100.00%)
Natural Gas 1,535,846629,662,844.58409.98Yes6/2024
Kendall Square StationKendall Green Energy, LLC (100.00%)
Natural Gas 1,266,332396,344,813.56312.99No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Salem Harbor Station NGCCFootprint Salem Harbor Development LP (100.00%)
Natural Gas 868,747368,011,372.54423.61No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Millennium PowerMillennium Power Partners LP (100.00%)
Natural Gas 758,251295,196,391.7389.31No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
SEMASS Resource RecoverySEMASS Partnership (100.00%)
Non-biogenic Municipal Solid Waste 554,655930,456,899.191,677.54No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Berkshire PowerBerkshire Power Co LLC (100.00%)
Natural Gas 367,488145,697,029.52396.47No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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When comparing annual CO2 equivalent emissions per capita, Massachusetts had a 5.52% increase over the course of the preceding 12 months.

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Non-renewable fuels are used in the generation of 83.69% of the megawatt hours produced in Massachusetts, ranking it 41st worst for total megawatt hours generated from non-renewable fuel sources.

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Solar power usage in Massachusetts has increased by 23.99% year over year, with 1,596,316.35 megawatt hours being generated from solar energy during the course of the past 12 months.

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The state of Massachusetts is the 41st largest generator of electricity in the United States, producing 19,427,380.44 megawatt hours.

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Massachusetts produces the 48th highest amount of electricity per capita from natural gas, with the fuel type accounting for 0 megawatt hours a year per person.

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With a national average electricity bill of $120.11, Massachusetts residents pay about 9.75% more than their fellow countrymen per month for electricity.

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Barnstable County212,9908 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.22.86$154.90/mo
Berkshire County124,94419 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.22.77$129.03/mo
Bristol County565,21717 providers116.91$111.32/mo
Dukes County17,3325 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.22.52$123.30/mo
Essex County789,03427 providers116.61$115.40/mo
Franklin County70,18024 providers119.80$118.93/mo
Hampden County466,37224 providers217.93$109.37/mo
Hampshire County160,83022 providers417.87$109.86/mo
Middlesex County1,611,69939 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.16.96$113.54/mo
Nantucket County11,3992 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.24.82$199.29/mo
Norfolk County706,77534 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.17.41$114.35/mo
Plymouth County521,20216 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.17.61$116.10/mo
Suffolk County803,90726 providers117.44$114.19/mo
Worcester County830,62240 providers216.45$111.34/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Tracking emissions on a per capita basis shows us the emissions efficiency of a state. Massachusetts averages 3,156.17 kilograms of CO2 equivalent emissions per person. This adds up to total emissions of 21,753,924,616.58 kilograms of CO2 & CO2 equivalent gases from electricity generation, making the state the 25th highest for total emissions in the country. Electricity producing facilities in the state primarily use Natural Gas, which makes up 78.71% of the fuel sources used for electricity production in the state. Secondary fuels used during electricity production include Solar at 8.22% and Non-biogenic Municipal Solid Waste at 4.66% of production. Massachusetts has 469 electricity plants, which is 6th highest in the country and 10th highest when considering plants per resident.

NATURAL GAS
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Natural Gas
78.71%
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Solar
8.22%
NON-BIOGENIC MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
Non-biogenic Municipal Solid Waste
4.66%
BIOGENIC MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Biogenic Municipal Solid Waste
3.82%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Conventional Hydroelectric
1.68%
OTHER
Other
2.91%

Net Metering

There are 96 companies in Massachusetts providing electricity. Of those 96,39 of them offer some type of net metering option for their customers, making solar panels and alternative electric sources more economically viable. The state has some of the best net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other alternative types of electricity generation more attracitve.

Energy Loss

There are 41 providers in Massachusetts that reported energy loss, including National Grid, Eversource Energy, and Taunton Municipal Light. Combined, these 41 companies average an annual energy loss of 3.50% of electricity produced. With a national average of 2.72%, Massachusetts is ranked as the 23rd worst state in the US.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

Motivating residents to consider installing solar panels can often be a challenge due to prohibitive initial costs. States can help by issuing rebates and tax breaks to their residents. Massachusetts has a tax credit of $1000 or less or no state tax. The state has no overarching rebate program, but local rebates are available to many citizens who wish to purchase private solar. Massachusetts residents have the ability to apply a 100% property tax exemption for the installation of solar panels, which is better than almost all other states. There is currently a 100% sales tax exemption in place for the purchase of solar at a place of residence.

State Level Initiatives

Whether a customer is able to easily purchase electricity options with renewable fuel types is somewhat determined by legislation at the state level. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) encourage or require electric suppliers to generate a percentage of their electricity from renewable energy. The state of Massachusetts makes it necessary for electric providers to produce between 16-24% of their output from renewable fuel sources. In addition, the state has a low income solar program in place to encourage low income households to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Massachusetts

What is the average electricity rate in Massachusetts?

A good electricity rate in Massachusetts would be somewhere below the state average of 21.77 cents per kilowatt hour. Anything below that amount would be better than most other rates in the state. Currently, the varying rates in the state range from 9.61 cents per kilowatt hour up to 26.22 cents per kilowatt hour.

Where does Massachusetts get its electricity?

The primary fuel used for electricity production in Massachusetts is Natural Gas, making up 78.71% of the fuel used in the state.

How much does electricity cost in Massachusetts?

The average cost per kilowatt hour of electricity is 21.77 cents in Massachusetts in 2021.