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Electricity In Maine

  • Population1,344,212
  • Total Consumption11,325,962 MWh / 8.43 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions3,625,296,104 kg
  • Total Production9,974,353 MWh / 7.42 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.
41st16.64¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Maine
7th$96.01Average 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 16.64 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the United States average rate of 13.33 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 has total emissions of 2,696.97 kilograms per capita of CO2 emissions, while the nationwide average is 4,582.45. The state is home to 1,344,212 residents, resulting in it being the 43rd largest state by population in the United States. The usage of renewable fuel sources for electricity production has dropped by 9.79% in the state of Maine throughout the last 12 months. The national average monthly residential electric bill is $120.11, while the Maine average is $96.01 per month. Maine ranks 7th in the nation for best average electricity bill amount.

Residential Electricity Providers in Maine

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Central Maine Power16.1194.843,529,435568,582,660No DataIcon representing missing value.1,463,334,008.75
Versant Power17.0989.63797,485136,283,765No DataIcon representing missing value.356,525,701.44
Ambit Energy9.9567.7368,8146,844,000No DataIcon representing missing value.27,412,696.2
Eastern Maine Electric Coop16.9079.8559,59110,073,098No DataIcon representing missing value.29,451,203.47
Kennebunk Light and Power14.1496.9950,4827,139,000No DataIcon representing missing value.28,611,255.84
Houlton, Maine Electric Utility11.7680.7732,2073,786,630No DataIcon representing missing value.23,837,368.45
Madison Electric15.37104.1618,7772,886,649No DataIcon representing missing value.8,291,553.54
Van Buren Light and Power District10.6060.358,003848,000No DataIcon representing missing value.4,305,194.14
Fox Islands Electric Cooperative31.17104.96,9372,162,6009,8313,577,514.9
Matinicus Plantation Electric Company50.0064.95212106,000No DataIcon representing missing value.65,370.37

Power Plants in Maine

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Westbrook Energy Center Power PlantCalpine (100.00%)
Westbrook Natural Gas 1,381,274529,471,360.74383.32No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Great Lakes Hydro America - MEGreat Lakes Hydro America LLC (100.00%)
Millinocket CDP Conventional Hydroelectric 662,50140,851,666.5961.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Somerset PlantSappi Fine Paper North America-Somerset (100.00%)
Skowhegan CDP Black Liquour 522,583226,942,951.87434.27No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Bingham WindNovatus Energy (100.00%)
Somerset County Wind 498,88914,216,365.9428.5No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Rumford CogenerationND Paper LLC (100.00%)
Rumford CDP Black Liquour 447,612227,383,054.22507.99No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Oakfield Wind ProjectNovatus Energy (100.00%)
Aroostook County Wind 369,83910,531,814.628.48No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Woodland Pulp, LLCWoodland Pulp (100.00%)
Washington County Black Liquour 369,081120,548,003326.62No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Androscoggin Energy CenterVerso Paper Androscoggin LLC (100.00%)
Franklin County Natural Gas 368,20292,449,528.63251.08No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Somerset County Conventional Hydroelectric 343,80721,200,116.8561.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
ReEnergy Stratton LLCReEnergy Holdings LLC (100.00%)
Franklin County Wood/Wood Waste Solids 297,942368,152,993.61,235.65No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Maine averages 1.86 megawatt hours produced from wind per person, which is 14th highest in the US.

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With 1,344,212 citizens living within the state and 9,974,353.42 megawatt hours produced per year, Maine had a megawatt hour per capita production of 7.42 megawatt hours. This is the 42nd largest megawatt hour per capita amount in the country.

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When comparing annual CO2 emissions per capita, Maine saw a 2.38% rise during the course of the previous 12 months.

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Central Maine Power is the largest provider in the state of Maine when calculated by megawatt hours sold.

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As the 46th highest generator of electricity in the United States, power plants in Maine produce 9,974,353.42 megawatt hours of electricity.

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Maine is the 29th largest producer of megawatt hours produced using sustainable fuel sources.

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Androscoggin County108,27751013.03$81.28/mo
Aroostook County67,0557512.57$74.87/mo
Cumberland County295,0035813.03$81.28/mo
Franklin County30,1995613.03$81.28/mo
Hancock County54,9877613.65$79.50/mo
Kennebec County122,3025813.03$81.28/mo
Knox County39,7727127.72$83.23/mo
Lincoln County34,6345No DataIcon representing missing value.13.03$81.28/mo
Oxford County57,9755813.03$81.28/mo
Penobscot County152,14881514.19$79.56/mo
Piscataquis County16,7857No DataIcon representing missing value.13.74$80.05/mo
Sagadahoc County35,8565113.03$81.28/mo
Somerset County50,48461414.22$92.90/mo
Waldo County39,7157314.38$84.07/mo
Washington County31,3795414.64$79.07/mo
York County207,6416713.40$86.52/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Releasing 3,625,296,104.42 kilograms of CO2 emissions, Maine ranks 47th worst in the United States for total emissions from electricity consumption. More importantly, the state averages 2,696.97 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person in the state, which is a better measurement of the state’s pollution levels. About 26.54% 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 2,499,655.91 (25.06%) and 2,266,113.26 (22.72%) megawatt hours generated from each, respectively. Maine has 93 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.

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Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
26.54%
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Wind
Wind
Wind
25.06%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
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Natural Gas
22.72%
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Wood/Wood Waste Solids
Wood/Wood Waste Solids
10.58%
BLACK LIQUOUR Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Black Liquour
9.34%
OTHER
Other
5.78%

Maine Net Metering

There are 10 companies in Maine selling electricity. Of those 10,6 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

There are 6 providers in Maine that reported energy loss, including Central Maine Power, Kennebunk Light and Power, and Houlton, Maine Electric Utility. Combined, these 6 electricity companies average an annual energy loss of 0.97% of electricity produced. With a national average of 2.72%, Maine is ranked as the 49th worst state in the nation.

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.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Maine

What is the average electric bill in Maine?

The Maine average electricity bill is $96 so far in 2021.

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 26.54% of production. Wind and Natural Gas also account for 25.06% and 22.72% respectively.

How many power plants are within Maine?

Maine has 93 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 16.64 cents per kilowatt hour, so anything below this amount is better than most. The lowest priced provider is currently Ambit Energy, at 9.95 cents per kilowatt hour.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Maine?

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1Ambit Energy9.959,263
2Van Buren Light and Power District10.601,432
3Houlton, Maine Electric Utility11.765,494
4Kennebunk Light and Power14.147,055
5Madison Electric15.372,587
6Central Maine Power16.11549,574
7Eastern Maine Electric Coop16.9012,783
8Versant Power17.09149,185
9Fox Islands Electric Cooperative31.172,050
10Matinicus Plantation Electric Company50.00136

How many electric companies offer service in Maine?

There are 10 electricity companies operating in Maine.

What electricity companies offer service in Maine?

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1Central Maine Power549,574
2Versant Power149,185
3Eastern Maine Electric Coop12,783
4Ambit Energy9,263
5Kennebunk Light and Power7,055
6Houlton, Maine Electric Utility5,494
7Madison Electric2,587
8Fox Islands Electric Cooperative2,050
9Van Buren Light and Power District1,432
10Matinicus Plantation Electric Company136

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