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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 Electric Rates:

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 residential 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 National Grid. 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 emissions 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.

Residential 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
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
Chicopee Electric Light13.5091.77191,21625,819,5002,965.8435,242,694.98
Peabody Municipal Light Plant11.0970.72183,86920,382,2003,303459,931,010.78
Ambit Energy13.5573.89147,63320,000,700No DataIcon representing missing value.102,448,160.71
Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations12.0490.6132,36915,941,0004,542266,210,005.47
Westfield Gas and Electric14.1393.48126,53417,873,000No DataIcon representing missing value.169,388,292.86
Middleboro Gas and Electric14.90107.38125,83718,750,000No DataIcon representing missing value.125,971,331.26

Power Plants in Massachusetts

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Fore River Generating StationCalpine (100.00%)
Weymouth Town Natural Gas 3,625,4241,429,135,292.43394.2No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
ANP Bellingham Energy ProjectDynegy Energy Services (100.00%)
Bellingham CDP Natural Gas 2,387,530997,102,034.32417.63No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
ANP Blackstone Energy ProjectDynegy Energy Services (100.00%)
Worcester County Natural Gas 2,118,375871,490,602.5411.4No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Mystic Generating StationConstellation Energy (100.00%)
Everett Natural Gas 1,535,846629,662,844.58409.98Yes6/2024
Kendall Square StationKendall Green Energy, LLC (100.00%)
Cambridge 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%)
Salem Natural Gas 868,747368,011,372.54423.61No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Millennium PowerTalen Energy (100.00%)
Worcester County Natural Gas 758,251295,196,391.7389.31No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
SEMASS Resource RecoverySEMASS Partnership (100.00%)
Plymouth County Non-biogenic Municipal Solid Waste 554,655930,456,899.191,677.54No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Springfield Natural Gas 352,632159,694,735.06452.87No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Covanta HaverhillOgden Projects Inc-Haverhill (100.00%)
Haverhill Non-biogenic Municipal Solid Waste 344,873482,990,316.141,400.49No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Over the preceding year, Massachusetts had a 5.52% increase in CO2 emissions per capita.

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Massachusetts has seen a rise in electricity generation from solar energy of 23.99% year over year.

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Massachusetts has had a 3.61% rise in the use of renewable fuels for electricity production within the last 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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About 0 megawatt hours of electricity in Massachusetts are created per year using natural gas. This is 0 megawatt hours per resident in the state a year.

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Residents of the state use 50,029,379 megawatt hours to meet their electricity needs, ranking Massachusetts as the 28th highest consuming state in the nation.

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Barnstable County212,99051219.91$111.00/mo
Berkshire County124,94462220.63$114.91/mo
Bristol County565,21783216.07$103.11/mo
Dukes County17,3324517.99$97.22/mo
Essex County789,034122316.24$111.91/mo
Franklin County70,18052219.71$109.57/mo
Hampden County466,372105917.44$104.14/mo
Hampshire County160,83062317.32$100.84/mo
Middlesex County1,611,699132716.49$108.57/mo
Nantucket County11,3993118.64$106.22/mo
Norfolk County706,77592016.95$107.77/mo
Plymouth County521,20283616.94$107.00/mo
Suffolk County803,9076718.36$99.86/mo
Worcester County830,6221310116.13$107.57/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Massachusetts citizens average 3,156.17 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person from electricity consumption. This comes to a total pollution amount of 21,753,924,616.58 kilograms. Approximately 78.71% of the state of Massachusetts’s electricity is produced using Natural Gas. Adding Natural Gas totals to Solar (8.22%) and Non-biogenic Municipal Solid Waste (4.66%), the three fuel types make up 91.59% of the generation in the state. Massachusetts has the 6th highest amount of electricity producing plants of any state in the country, with 384 plants. This translates to the 10th most plants per capita in the nation.

NATURAL GAS
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Natural Gas
Natural Gas
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%
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2.91%

Massachusetts Net Metering

There are 44 companies in Massachusetts providing electricity. Of those 44,32 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 attractive.

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

Does Massachusetts have a deregulated electricity market?

Massachusetts has a deregulated electricity market, meaning residents in the state can often choose from an abundance of electricity providers for their electricity needs.

Where does Massachusetts get its electricity?

The primary fuel types used for electricity generation in Massachusetts are Natural Gas (78.71%), Solar (8.22%) and Non-biogenic Municipal Solid Waste (4.66%).

What electricity company is the largest provider in Massachusetts?

By total megawatt hours sold, National Grid is the largest electricity provider in Massachusetts.

What is a good electricity rate in Massachusetts?

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

How many electric companies offer service in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts has 44 electricity companies operating in the area.

How many power plants are located within Massachusetts?

Massachusetts is home to 384 power plants producing electricity for the state.

What is the average electric bill in Massachusetts?

The average electricity bill in the state of Massachusetts in 2021 is $132 while the countrywide average is $120.

What power companies offer service in Massachusetts?

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1National Grid673,514
2Eversource Energy635,937
3Taunton Municipal Light39,056
4Reading Municipal Light Department28,976
5Peabody Municipal Light Plant28,839
6Chicopee Electric Light26,347
7Ambit Energy25,516
8Unitil21,733
9Westfield Gas and Electric18,061
10Holyoke Gas and Electric17,780

What is the cheapest electricity company in Massachusetts?

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1Hudson Light and Power11.0213,312
2Peabody Municipal Light Plant11.0928,839
3Boylston Electric11.892,394
4Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations12.0416,326
5Mansfield Electric12.3710,052
6Littleton Electric Light and Water Department12.777,426
7South Hadley Electric Light Department12.788,043
8West Boylston Municipal Light13.073,726
9Groton Electric Light13.104,855
10Templeton Light and Water13.173,693

Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-14