Electricity In Maine

  • Population1,344,212
  • Total Consumption11,401,729 MWh / 8.48 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption3,340,305,364 kg
  • Total Production10,669,233 MWh / 7.94 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 October.

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.183/kWh$0.157/kWh$118.83/mo.$72.76/mo.
41st16.77¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Maine
7th$96.87Average residential monthly electricity bill for Maine Residents

Energy Profile of Maine

Maine's Electricity Prices and Usage

Residents in Maine are faced with a higher residential electricity rate than most people around the country, with an average state electric rate of 16.77 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the United States average rate of 13.62 cents. When shopping for electricity, consumers have multiple choices to choose from for their electricity provider due to the deregulated electricity market that exists in the state. The state is ranked as the 46th highest consumer of electricity with consumption totaling over 11,400,000 megawatt hours. Solar power usage for electricity production in the state has increased by 647.61% within the last 12 months. The state is ranked 3rd in the US for percentage of electricity generated from renewable fuel sources, creating 74.44% of their electricity from these sustainable sources. Central Maine Power sells 4,779,228 megawatt hours in the state a year, which is more than all other vendors.

Residential Electricity Providers in Maine

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Central Maine PowerBUNDLED16.2495.763,529,431573,280,140
Versant PowerBUNDLED17.2490.65799,358137,798,500
Eastern Maine Electric CoopBUNDLED16.6378.6359,8699,957,391
Ambit EnergyENERGY8.2054.3755,1674,521,000
Kennebunk Light and PowerBUNDLED13.3188.3650,301.376,693,663.88
Houlton, Maine Electric UtilityBUNDLED11.4878.7632,1533,692,355
Madison ElectricBUNDLED15.51105.7119,0442,953,867
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 1,637,376626,967,996.48382.91
Great Lakes Hydro America - MEGreat Lakes Hydro America LLC (100.00%)
Millinocket CDP Conventional Hydroelectric 662,501
Somerset PlantSappi Fine Paper North America-Somerset (100.00%)
Skowhegan CDP Black Liquour 545,087235,840,652.7432.67
Bingham WindNovatus Energy (100.00%)
Somerset County Wind 486,879
Rumford CogenerationND Paper LLC (100.00%)
Rumford CDP Black Liquour 411,548210,163,056.49510.66
Woodland Pulp, LLCWoodland Pulp (100.00%)
Washington County Black Liquour 369,081117,737,703.56319
Androscoggin Energy CenterVerso Paper Androscoggin LLC (100.00%)
Franklin County Natural Gas 368,20292,449,581.69251.08
Oakfield Wind ProjectNovatus Energy (100.00%)
Aroostook County Wind 344,075
Somerset County Conventional Hydroelectric 343,807
Kibby Wind FacilityLS Power (100.00%)
Franklin County Wind 306,843

Quick Facts

Wind produces 2,515,770.78 megawatt hours of electricity in Maine. This equals roughly 1.87 megawatt hours per person in Maine being produced from wind power, giving the state a rank of 14th highest in the country in that category.

With 153,336.98 megawatt hours produced from solar power and 1,344,212 consumers in Maine, the state averages 0.11 megawatt hours generated from solar energy per capita, which gives it a ranking of 24th in the United States.

There was a 10.14% increase in CO2 emissions per capita during the most recent year in Maine.

Emitting 3,340,305,364.18 kilograms of CO2 emissions during electricity consumption, Maine ranks as the 47th worst polluting state in the nation based on electricity pollution.

While a majority of states work to decrease the use of non-renewable fuel types, Maine’s burning of these fuel types for electricity production has actually increased by 25.08% in the previous year.

Maine is the 43rd largest state in the nation, with 1,344,212 citizens residing in the state.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Androscoggin County108,27761216.70$101.96/mo
Aroostook County67,0559415.59$89.74/mo
Cumberland County295,0036816.70$101.96/mo
Franklin County30,1996816.70$101.96/mo
Hancock County54,9879618.41$101.97/mo
Kennebec County122,3026816.70$101.96/mo
Knox County39,7728130.07$94.19/mo
Lincoln County34,634616.70$101.96/mo
Oxford County57,9756816.70$101.96/mo
Penobscot County152,148101718.17$98.81/mo
Piscataquis County16,785918.33$101.81/mo
Sagadahoc County35,8566116.70$101.96/mo
Somerset County50,48471416.10$103.86/mo
Waldo County39,7159317.82$100.86/mo
Washington County31,3797418.00$95.52/mo
York County207,6417715.57$97.43/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Releasing 3,340,305,364.18 kilograms of CO2 emissions, Maine ranks 47th worst in the United States for total emissions from electricity consumption. More importantly, the state averages 2,484.95 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person in the state, which is a better measurement of the state’s pollution levels. About 28.26% of the state of Maine’s electricity is generated using Conventional Hydroelectric. Wind and Natural Gas are also highly used fuel sources in the state, with 2,515,770.78 (23.58%) and 2,438,799.22 (22.86%) megawatt hours generated from each, respectively. Maine has 99 power plants within its borders. This is the 34th highest number of plants within a single state and the 9th highest number of plants per person in a state.

CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
28.26%
WIND
Wind
Wind
Wind
23.58%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
22.86%
WOOD/WOOD WASTE SOLIDS
Wood/Wood Waste Solids
Wood/Wood Waste Solids
11.81%
BLACK LIQUOUR
Black Liquour
7.44%
OTHER
Other
6.07%

Maine Net Metering

There are 11 companies in Maine selling electricity. Of those 11, 6 of them offer some type of net metering option for their customers, making solar panels and alternative electric sources more economically feasible. At the state level, Maine has decent regulations for consumers interested in installing solar panels.

Energy Loss

Energy loss in Maine is about 0.63% of all energy transmitted by the 2 companies that report energy loss. The US average is 2.76%, meaning Maine ranks 50th best in the nation for energy loss efficiency.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

State governments can help encourage private residents to consider installing solar panels at their private residence by giving rebates and tax breaks to people who choose to make those installs. Maine currently does not offer a state tax credit for solar panel installation at a private residence. There are currently no statewide rebates available to citizens who are considering purchasing solar panels. There are currently no property tax exemptions for citizens in Maine who wish to purchase private solar panels. There is currently no sales tax exemption for homeowners who install solar.

State Level Initiatives

Legislation enacted at the state level determines whether a state is friendly towards customers searching for renewable energy sources. Many states require green fuel sources to be a percentage of the fuel used for electricity generation. These stipulations are known as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Electric suppliers in the state of Maine are required to generate at least 25% of their electricity using renewable fuel types. In addition, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that help with 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.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Maine

What is the average electric bill in Maine?

The Maine average electricity bill is $97 so far in 2022.

What electricity company is the largest supplier in Maine?

By total customer count, Central Maine Power is the largest electricity supplier in Maine.

Where does Maine get its electricity?

Conventional Hydroelectric is the fuel used for electricity production in Maine, accounting for 28.26% of production. Wind and Natural Gas also account for 23.58% and 22.86% respectively.

How many power plants are within Maine?

Maine has 99 active electricity plants generating electricity for the state.

Does Maine have a deregulated electricity market?

Maine has a deregulated electricity market, meaning citizens in the state can usually choose from an abundance of electricity providers for their electricity needs.

What is a good electricity rate in Maine?

The average electric rate in Maine is 16.77 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Houlton, Maine Electric Utility, at 11.48 cents per kilowatt hour.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Maine?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Houlton, Maine Electric Utility11.485,493
2Van Buren Light and Power District12.081,402
3Kennebunk Light and Power13.317,261
4Madison Electric15.512,603
5Central Maine Power16.24549,052
6Eastern Maine Electric Coop16.6312,838
7Versant Power17.24149,400
8Fox Islands Electric Cooperative33.322,067
9Matinicus Plantation Electric Company50.24136

How many electric companies offer service in Maine?

There are 11 electricity companies operating in Maine.

Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-22