Electricity in Minnesota

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Minnesota

  • Population
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  • Total Production
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    59,628,020 MWh / 10.45 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    66,656,855 MWh / 11.68 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    17,079,057 MWh / 2.99 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    24,605,175,011 kg / 4,311.78 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    42,549,728 MWh / 7.46 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Minnesota

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.144/kWh$0.120/kWh$134.15/mo.$82.61/mo.
35th13.52¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Minnesota
13th$106.79Average residential monthly electricity bill for Minnesota Residents

Energy Profile of Minnesota

Minnesota's Electricity Prices and Usage

Consumers in Minnesota enjoy a lower residential electricity rate than most people around the nation, with an average state electric rate of 13.52 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the US average price of 13.99 cents. Minnesota is the 35th lowest priced state in the US by average electricity rate. There are over 170 electric vendors that operate in the state, but due to the electricity market regulations in place citizens usually have only one or two electricity supplier options determined by where they live. The state is the 37th highest generator of electricity per capita, averaging 10.45 megawatt hours generated per capita per year. The state is the 22nd largest state in the US, with a population of 5,706,494. Throughout the last 12 months, Minnesota has accomplished a 9.32% rise in electricity generation using renewable fuel sources rather than non-renewable fuels. Electricity providers within the state increased their production of megawatt hours from wind energy by about 9.38%.

Residential Electricity Providers in Minnesota

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Northern States Power CompanyBUNDLED14.1892.959,362,1491,327,132,69332,652,097.19
Connexus EnergyBUNDLED13.76116.041,296,911178,396,719
Minnesota PowerBUNDLED13.1493.551,067,528140,282,0015,196,025.3
Dakota Electric AssociationBUNDLED13.68107.38977,182133,702,000
Wright-Hennepin ElectricBUNDLED12.58125.68606,71676,340,274
Otter Tail Power CompanyBUNDLED11.76109.85557,93865,603,437255,347
East Central EnergyBUNDLED15.53138.59550,94485,560,740
Minnesota Valley Electric CooperativeBUNDLED11.81121.68493,28658,253,000
Lake Country PowerBUNDLED14.95133.31491,20573,449,000
Crow Wing PowerBUNDLED12.16107.64449,99854,737,000

Power Plants in Minnesota

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Becker Coal 9,201,847.18,918,274,732.38969.1812/2034
Red Wing Nuclear 9,099,913
Cohasset Coal 5,046,585.025,216,761,355.641,033.72Yes
Monticello Nuclear FacilityNorthern States Power Company (100.00%)
Monticello Nuclear 5,022,858
St. Paul Natural Gas 3,168,9271,153,787,259.24364.09
Minneapolis Natural Gas 1,369,337528,610,627.41386.03
Oak Park Heights Coal 1,297,884.011,308,861,449.21,008.46Yes
Nobles 2 Wind ProjectALLETE South Wind, LLC (49.00%)Tenaska Nobles 2 Holdings, LLC, (51.00%)
Nobles County Wind 936,638
Blazing Star Wind Farm 1Blazing Star Wind Farm, LLC (100.00%)
Lincoln County Wind 805,636
Lincoln County Wind 739,612

Quick Facts

While a majority of states work to inhibit the burning of non-renewable fuel types, Minnesota's usage of these fuel sources for electricity has actually increased by 4.06% within the previous 12 months.

Residents of Minnesota pay roughly 13.79% less than the $123.86 US average monthly residential electricity expense.

As the 11th highest producer of solar powered electricity in the United States, Minnesota generates 1,922,177.74 megawatt hours.

Minnesota ranks 31st in the US for electricity consumption per capita, with residents consuming 11.68 megawatt hours per year per person.

Minnesota is the 12th largest producer of megawatt hours generated from sustainable fuel types.

Roughly 71.36% of Minnesota's electricity is generated using non-renewable fuels, making it the 27th worst ranked state for total megawatt hours produced from non-renewable fuel types.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Aitkin County15,697414.96$122.98/mo
Anoka County363,8874113.80$112.66/mo
Becker County35,183612.61$145.89/mo
Beltrami County46,228514.02$170.33/mo
Benton County41,379515.36$133.39/mo
Big Stone County5,166512.00$189.71/mo
Blue Earth County69,1127213.96$138.04/mo
Brown County25,912812.63$182.73/mo
Carlton County36,2075114.53$122.74/mo
Carver County106,9225113.33$120.12/mo
Cass County30,066713.39$123.88/mo
Chippewa County12,5987111.67$201.98/mo
Chisago County56,6215214.94$118.67/mo
Clay County65,318812.98$182.26/mo
Clearwater County8,524213.35$159.89/mo
Cook County5,600215.72$146.08/mo
Cottonwood County11,517612.86$177.43/mo
Crow Wing County66,123512.65$106.07/mo
Dakota County439,8823513.83$103.04/mo
Dodge County20,867614.42$121.40/mo
Douglas County39,006412.31$142.94/mo
Faribault County13,921313.88$145.49/mo
Fillmore County21,2281014.83$123.13/mo
Freeborn County30,8956113.62$121.80/mo
Goodhue County47,5825313.26$167.04/mo
Grant County6,074511.62$142.28/mo
Hennepin County1,281,5654413.83$100.41/mo
Houston County18,843615.05$150.01/mo
Hubbard County21,344513.02$139.27/mo
Isanti County41,1352114.94$131.08/mo
Itasca County45,0147116.04$125.38/mo
Jackson County9,9896110.18$133.88/mo
Kanabec County16,032215.43$136.87/mo
Kandiyohi County43,732713.20$148.45/mo
Kittson County4,207313.58$210.44/mo
Koochiching County12,0624215.21$142.04/mo
Lac qui Parle County6,719311.06$211.50/mo
Lake County10,9056114.68$127.62/mo
Lake of the Woods County3,763314.71$159.58/mo
Le Sueur County28,6748112.25$117.65/mo
Lincoln County5,6405311.69$191.86/mo
Lyon County25,2697111.65$191.89/mo
Mahnomen County5,411113.10$168.16/mo
Marshall County9,040813.40$197.81/mo
Martin County20,0258111.03$141.77/mo
McLeod County36,7716113.24$172.32/mo
Meeker County23,400511.61$158.24/mo
Mille Lacs County26,459315.30$128.88/mo
Morrison County34,010812.69$116.21/mo
Mower County40,029613.77$123.25/mo
Murray County8,1793110.67$189.61/mo
Nicollet County34,454613.47$154.54/mo
Nobles County22,2907210.39$194.14/mo
Norman County6,441512.99$197.94/mo
Olmsted County162,8474214.77$130.86/mo
Otter Tail County60,081412.16$129.29/mo
Pennington County13,992212.48$181.18/mo
Pine County28,876415.25$133.74/mo
Pipestone County9,4243113.53$110.75/mo
Polk County31,1921013.10$191.24/mo
Pope County11,308512.55$160.23/mo
Ramsey County552,3524214.17$93.47/mo
Red Lake County3,935212.47$180.97/mo
Redwood County15,425512.36$154.56/mo
Renville County14,7237112.69$225.76/mo
Rice County67,0976114.00$123.27/mo
Rock County9,7042110.70$153.24/mo
Roseau County15,331414.37$190.47/mo
Scott County150,928612.43$113.17/mo
Sherburne County97,1835413.85$113.20/mo
Sibley County14,8361012.90$164.05/mo
St. Louis County200,23113114.63$127.38/mo
Stearns County158,2929112.21$140.96/mo
Steele County37,406514.42$134.54/mo
Stevens County9,671412.25$182.18/mo
Swift County9,838512.32$184.59/mo
Todd County25,262611.90$134.28/mo
Traverse County3,360211.43$192.28/mo
Wabasha County21,387514.40$119.77/mo
Wadena County14,065511.37$140.38/mo
Waseca County18,968814.27$116.24/mo
Washington County267,5683114.12$96.08/mo
Watonwan County11,253312.98$179.49/mo
Wilkin County6,506512.07$142.94/mo
Winona County49,671514.90$139.72/mo
Wright County141,3376112.90$118.50/mo
Yellow Medicine County9,528511.27$213.42/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Minnesota's electricity generating facilities mainly use Coal, which accounts for 15,818,179.2 megawatt hours (or 26.53%) of the fuel used for electricity generation in the state. Taken together with Nuclear (23.68%) and Wind (21.70%), the three fuel types make up 71.92% of the production in the state. The state is the 22nd highest ranked state when it comes to total CO2 pollution, with the state consuming enough electricity to account for 24,605,175,010.71 kilograms of CO2 emissions. The state also ranks 30th highest in pollution per resident, averaging 4,311.78 kilograms of CO2 emissions emissions per citizen. Minnesota has 52 power generation plants within the state. This is the 16th highest number of power plants within a state and the 22nd highest number of plants per capita in the country.

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Minnesota Net Metering

Companies offering net metering in Minnesota include Northern States Power Company, Minnesota Power, and Otter Tail Power Company. At the state level, Minnesota has highly favorable laws and regulations for consumers interested in investing in personal solar.

Energy Loss

There are 41 companies in Minnesota that reported energy loss, including Northern States Power Company, Minnesota Power, and Connexus Energy. Combined, these 41 electricity companies average an annual energy loss of 2.22% of electricity produced. The countrywide average is 2.76%, resulting in Minnesota receiving a rank of 12th best in the nation for energy loss efficiency.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

States that want to support home installs of solar can do this by enacting solar related tax and rebate incentives. Minnesota, unfortunately, has no statewide tax credits offered to residents who install solar panels. The state has no overarching rebate program, but local rebates are available to many citizens who wish to install private solar. Fortunately, Minnesota offers a 100% tax exemption to homeowners. at their home. There is currently a 100% sales tax exemption in place for the purchase of private solar at a home.

State Level Initiatives

State level legislation plays a huge part in determining whether a state is friendly towards customers searching for renewable energy sources. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) encourage or require electricity suppliers to produce a certain amount of their electricity from green fuels. Minnesota has taken the initiative to create an RPS program that requires between 16-24% of electricity creation to be fueled by renewable fuels. Additionally, the state has a low income solar program in place to help low income households installing solar panels.

Learn about going solar in Minnesota, 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 Minnesota

Where does Minnesota get its electricity?

The primary fuel source used for electricity generation in Minnesota is Coal, making up 26.53% of the fuel used in the state. Additionally, Nuclear accounts for 23.68% and Wind accounts for 21.70%.

How much does electricity cost in Minnesota?

The average cost per kilowatt hour of electricity in Minnesota in 2022 is 13.52 cents.

Which electricity company is the largest provider in Minnesota?

By total megawatt hours sold, Northern States Power Company is the largest electricity supplier in Minnesota.

How many power plants are in Minnesota?

There are 52 active electricity plants in Minnesota.

What power companies offer service in Minnesota?

What is the average electric bill in Minnesota?

The average electricity bill in Minnesota in 2022 is $107 while the countrywide average is $124.

How many electric companies offer service in Minnesota?

Minnesota has 166 electricity suppliers operating in the area.

Does Minnesota have a deregulated electricity market?

Minnesota has a regulated electricity market, rather than a deregulated market. This means that consumers in the state usually have only one or two electricity provider options when it comes time to choose who they purchase electricity from.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Minnesota?

Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-25