Electricity in Maine

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Maine

  • Population
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    1,362,359
  • Total Production
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    10,952,774 MWh / 8.04 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    11,856,646 MWh / 8.7 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    7,961,462 MWh / 5.84 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    3,512,665,084 kg / 2,578.37 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    2,993,387 MWh / 2.2 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Maine

Maine residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in March.

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.230/kWh$0.157/kWh$158.14/mo.$72.76/mo.
42nd18.28¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Maine
15th$109.76Average residential monthly electricity bill for Maine Residents

Energy Profile of Maine

Maine's Electricity Prices and Usage

Residents of Maine are faced with a higher residential electricity rate than most people in the country, with an average state electric rate of 18.28 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the United States average price of 13.99 cents. This ranks Maine as the 42nd lowest priced state in the United States using average electric rate. With 11 electricity providers in the state, consumers have many choices to choose from when shopping for electricity thanks to the deregulated electricity market that operates in the state. Central Maine Power has 557,291 residential customers, more than any other electricity provider in the state . Previously, 2,395,141 megawatt hours were generated in the state from wind turbines a year. However, now that total is 2,550,351.6 megawatt hours, a 6.48% rise. The national average monthly residential power bill is $123.86, while the Maine average is $109.76 per month. Maine is 15th in the country for lowest average monthly bill amount. There is a deficit of 903871.7259999979 megawatt hours in the state due to the fact that citizens are consuming 8.25% more electricity than is generated. This leads to the state needing to import supplemental electricity from neighboring states.

Electricity plans in Maine

There are 20639 plans. Plans are subject to change at any time and these may not be the plans currently offered.

Most Popular Maine Plans

Secure Choice 12

Residential

  • Rate 20.29¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 12 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 0%

Secure Green Choice 12

Residential

  • Rate 20.49¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 12 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 100%

Secure Choice 12

Residential

  • Rate 19.49¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 12 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 0%

Secure Green Choice 12

Residential

  • Rate 19.79¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 12 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 100%

All Maine Plans

Secure Choice 12

Residential

  • Rate 20.29¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 12 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 0%

Secure Green Choice 12

Residential

  • Rate 20.49¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 12 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 100%

Secure Choice 12

Residential

  • Rate 19.49¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 12 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 0%

Secure Green Choice 12

Residential

  • Rate 19.79¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 12 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 100%

Secure Choice 24

Residential

  • Rate 18.79¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 24 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 0%

Secure Green Choice 24

Residential

  • Rate 18.99¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 24 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 100%

Secure Choice 24

Residential

  • Rate 20.39¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 24 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 0%

Secure Green Choice 24

Residential

  • Rate 20.59¢ / kWh
  • Contract Length 24 mo.
  • Effective Date Jul 2022
  • Green Energy 100%

Residential Electricity Providers in Maine

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Central Maine PowerBUNDLED17.71108.973,734,027661,385,080
Versant PowerBUNDLED19.37105.87837,100162,171,669
Eastern Maine Electric CoopBUNDLED16.6681.6362,32010,381,579
Ambit EnergyENERGY8.2054.3755,1674,521,000
Kennebunk Light and PowerBUNDLED13.3188.3650,301.376,693,663.88
Houlton, Maine Electric UtilityBUNDLED11.3081.6531,0413,508,932
Madison ElectricBUNDLED15.79107.8219,1433,023,005
Town Square EnergyENERGY10.6452.1510,7071,139,000
Van Buren Light and Power DistrictBUNDLED12.0871.738,167.51986,448.98
Fox Islands Electric CooperativeBUNDLED33.32111.646,964.032,320,291.079,831

Power Plants in Maine

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Westbrook Energy Center Power PlantCalpine (100.00%)
Westbrook Natural Gas 1,876,320718,612,644.82382.99
Somerset PlantSappi Fine Paper North America-Somerset (100.00%)
Somerset County Black Liquour 560,162242,250,174.57432.46
Bingham WindNovatus Energy (100.00%)
Somerset County Wind 498,067
Rumford CogenerationND Paper LLC (100.00%)
Rumford CDP Black Liquour 383,725198,161,321.1516.41
Oakfield Wind ProjectNovatus Energy (100.00%)
Aroostook County Wind 342,927
Kibby Wind FacilityLS Power (100.00%)
Franklin County Wind 306,127
Hancock County Wind 219,485
Passadumkeag Windpark LLCSouthern Company (100.00%)
Hancock County Wind 137,148
Hancock Wind PlantNovatus Energy (100.00%)
Hancock County Wind 121,569
Twin Rivers Paper Co LLCTwin Rivers Paper Co LLC (100.00%)
Madawaska CDP Purchased Steam 97,790

Quick Facts

Maine is the 43rd largest state in the United States, with 1,362,359 citizens residing in the state.

Throughout the last 12 months population has risen by 1.35% in Maine, bringing the total number of residents in the state to 1,362,359.

Maine generates 5.84 megawatt hours per citizen of the state from renewable fuel types. This makes Maine the 12th highest state for renewable generation per capita in the nation.

Electricity from wind power produced in Maine totals 2,550,351.6 megawatt hours, making Maine 24th in the US for wind power production.

Wind turbines produce 1.87 megawatt hours per year per person for Maine residents, which is 14th highest in the United States.

While a majority of states try to reduce the burning of non-renewable fuel sources, Maine's burning of these fuels for electricity has actually increased by 36.80% within the past year.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Androscoggin County111,1398217.44$108.57/mo
Aroostook County67,10511219.04$105.67/mo
Cumberland County303,0698317.45$108.58/mo
Franklin County29,4568217.44$108.56/mo
Hancock County55,47812419.10$106.66/mo
Kennebec County123,642817.44$108.57/mo
Knox County40,6071018.13$108.64/mo
Lincoln County35,237817.45$108.58/mo
Oxford County57,7778117.43$108.56/mo
Penobscot County152,19912219.02$106.34/mo
Piscataquis County16,8001118.72$108.13/mo
Sagadahoc County36,699817.45$108.58/mo
Somerset County50,4779217.42$108.56/mo
Waldo County39,607918.11$107.85/mo
Washington County31,0959118.67$101.55/mo
York County211,97211117.37$108.23/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Maine is the 47th highest ranked state when it comes to total CO2 emissions, with the state consuming enough electricity to account for 3,512,665,084.14 kilograms of CO2 emissions per year. This total also equals a ranking of 44th worst in the country for pollution per capita. Conventional Hydroelectric makes up 27.11% of the fuel sources used for electricity generation in Maine. Natural Gas and Wind make up the next highest amounts of fuel used at 24.72% and 23.28% of total electricity generation, respectively. Maine has 20 power plants, which is the 43rd most in the country and 12th most when counting power plants per resident.

CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
27.11%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
24.72%
WIND
Wind
Wind
Wind
23.28%
WOOD/WOOD WASTE SOLIDS
Wood/Wood Waste Solids
Wood/Wood Waste Solids
11.57%
BLACK LIQUOUR
Black Liquour
7.33%
OTHER
Other
6.01%

Maine Net Metering

Maine has 6 out of 11 electricity providers reporting that they offer net metering to residents with personal solar panels. At the state level, Maine has good net metering and feed in tariff regulations.

Energy Loss

The 2 companies in Maine who report energy loss statistics had an average of 0.63% of energy lost due to heat dissipation or other causes during transmission. For comparison, the countrywide average energy loss is 2.76%. Maine has a rank of 2nd best in the United States for energy loss.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

Encouraging private citizens to install solar panels can be a challenge due to high initial costs. Governments can help by issuing rebates and tax breaks to their citizens. Maine currently offers no state tax credit to consumers who install private solar panels at their place of residence. The state offers no rebates to consumers who are purchasing private solar. Maine offers no property tax exemptions to homeowners who purchase private solar panels, making it less attractive for consumers to do so. The state currently does not offer a sales tax exemption for the install of private solar, leaving homeowners on their own for this one.

State Level Initiatives

Whether a consumer is able to easily find electricity plans with renewable fuel sources is partially determined by state level initiatives. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for all electric companies who operate in the state. These standards require that a percentage of electricity must be generated using green energy. Maine makes it necessary for electricity suppliers to generate at least 25% of their electricity output from renewable fuels. Furthermore, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that encourage the installation of solar panels at low income households.

Learn about going solar in Maine, find out which system size is best for you, compare local installers and see which incentives are available in your area.

Deregulated Cities in Maine

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Maine

What is a good electricity rate in Maine?

The average price per kilowatt hour of electricity in Maine in 2022 is 18.28 cents.

Where does Maine get its electricity?

The primary fuel type used for electricity generation in Maine is Conventional Hydroelectric, making up 27.11% of the fuel used in the state. In addition, Natural Gas makes up 24.72% and Wind makes up 23.28%.

Does Maine have a deregulated electricity market?

Yes, the state has a deregulated electricity market. This means that residents in the state can choose from multiple electricity companies to supply their electricity.

What electricity company is the largest provider in Maine?

The largest electricity provider in Maine by total customer count is Central Maine Power.

What is the average electric bill in Maine?

In 2022, Maine has an average electricity bill of $110, while the nationwide average is $124.

How many electric companies offer service in Maine?

There are 11 electricity suppliers offering service in Maine.

How many power plants are in Maine?

Maine is home to 20 power plants producing electricity for the state.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Maine?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Houlton, Maine Electric Utility11.305,493
2Van Buren Light and Power District12.081,402
3Kennebunk Light and Power13.317,261
4Madison Electric15.792,610
5Eastern Maine Electric Coop16.6612,905
6Central Maine Power17.71557,291
7Versant Power19.37150,927
8Fox Islands Electric Cooperative33.322,067
9Matinicus Plantation Electric Company50.24136

Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-03