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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 Pricing:
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 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 equivalent gases, 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 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.

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
Electricity Maine12.0969.84305,01136,872,000No DataIcon representing missing value.206,247,846.05
Ambit Energy 9.9567.7368,8146,844,000No 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
North American Power12.0276.8838,0244,570,300No DataIcon representing missing value.12,018,589.89
Energy Rewards14.3367.0137,8125,419,700No DataIcon representing missing value.21,423,598.24
Houlton, Maine Electric Utility11.7680.7732,2073,786,630No DataIcon representing missing value.23,837,368.45
ENGIE9.5465.2327,1372,590,000No DataIcon representing missing value.9,733,401.97

Power Plants in Maine

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Westbrook Energy Center Power PlantWestbrook Energy Center (100.00%)
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%)
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%)
Black Liquour 522,583226,942,951.87434.27No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Bingham WindNovatus Energy (100.00%)
Wind 498,88914,216,365.9428.5No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Rumford CogenerationND Paper LLC (100.00%)
Black Liquour 447,612227,383,054.22507.99No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Androscoggin MillVerso Paper Androscoggin LLC (100.00%)
Black Liquour 387,253178,613,062.46461.23No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Oakfield Wind ProjectNovatus Energy (100.00%)
Wind 369,83910,531,814.628.48No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Domtar - Woodland MillWoodland Pulp (100.00%)
Black Liquour 369,081120,548,003326.62No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Androscoggin Energy CenterVerso Paper Androscoggin LLC (100.00%)
Natural Gas 368,20292,449,528.63251.08No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Wyman HydroBrookfield Renewable Partners (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 343,80721,200,116.8561.66No 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 carbon dioxide emissions per capita, Maine experienced a 2.38% increase over the course of the previous 12 months.

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Coal use for electricity production in the state of Maine has recently declined from 66,997.78 megawatt hours produced from coal per year down to 51,621.99 megawatt hours.

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

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Solar power production in Maine has grown from 12,999.25 megawatt hours to 66,003.99 megawatt hours per year over the course of the last year.

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Androscoggin County108,2773 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.16.11$94.84/mo
Aroostook County67,0556 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.49$77.36/mo
Cumberland County295,0034 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.15.83$95.15/mo
Franklin County30,1994 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.15.86$97.99/mo
Hancock County54,9876 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.16.73$90.92/mo
Kennebec County122,3026 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.16.02$96.51/mo
Knox County39,7727 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.31.17$88.29/mo
Lincoln County34,6347 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.23.62$91.52/mo
Oxford County57,9759 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.16.01$94.95/mo
Penobscot County152,1489 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.16.52$90.45/mo
Piscataquis County16,7859 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.15.91$90.17/mo
Sagadahoc County35,8563 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.16.11$94.84/mo
Somerset County50,4846 providers115.92$98.18/mo
Waldo County39,7158 providers120.34$91.34/mo
Washington County31,3795 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.16.80$84.28/mo
York County207,64112 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.15.13$95.91/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Releasing 3,625,296,104.42 kilograms of CO2 & CO2 equivalent gases a year, Maine is the 47th highest in the nation for total emissions from electricity production. Additionally, the state ranks 44th highest in the United States for emissions per person, which could be argued to be the more important statistic. Electricity producing facilities in the state primarily use Conventional Hydroelectric, which accounts for 26.54% (or 2,647,214.49 megawatt hours) of the fuel used for electricity generation in the state. Secondary fuels used in electricity generation include Wind at 25.06% and Natural Gas at 22.72% of generation. Maine is home to 98 electricity generation plants, which is 34th highest in the country and 8th most when counting power plants per person.

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

Net Metering

There are 21 companies in Maine selling electricity. Of those 21,6 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 8 providers in Maine that reported energy loss, including Central Maine Power, Electricity Maine, and Kennebunk Light and Power. Combined, these 8 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

Where does Maine get its electricity?

Fuel types used for electricity generation in Maine include Conventional Hydroelectric (26.54%), Wind (25.06%) and solar (22.72%).

How much does electricity cost in Maine?

The average cost per kilowatt hour of electricity is 16.64 cents in Maine in 2021.