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Electricity In Minnesota

  • Population5,639,632
  • Total Consumption63,330,632 MWh / 11.23 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions24,443,006,629 kg
  • Total Production56,222,001 MWh / 9.97 MWh per capita

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Minnesota

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

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.144/kWh$0.120/kWh$134.15/mo.$82.61/mo.
38th13.39¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Minnesota
14th$103.9Average residential monthly electricity bill for Minnesota Residents

Energy Profile of Minnesota

Minnesota's Electricity Prices and Usage

Minnesota has an average electricity rate of 13.39 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 0.44% higher than the national average of 13.33 cents. When shopping for electricity, many residents are faced with only one or two choices when choosing their electricity provider due to the regulated electricity market that exists in the state. Minnesota has recently made strides with a 7.77% rise in the previous year in the usage of renewable fuel types for electricity generation. Producing 9.97 megawatt hours per resident, Minnesota ranks as the 38th largest per capita generator of electricity in the country. All told, consumers living within state use a total of over 63,300,000 megawatt hours to meet their electricity needs. Residents in the state have an average monthly power bill of $103.9 per month. The nationwide average monthly bill is $120.11.

Electricity Providers in Minnesota

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Northern States Power Company13.7489.279,179,8761,261,384,97631,628,319.989,546,502,248.71
Connexus Energy 13.73114.031,256,007172,494,377No DataIcon representing missing value.773,224,912.71
Minnesota Power11.8883.91,050,256124,783,3974,507,257.028,540,836,158.69
Dakota Electric Association13.84107.42953,599131,952,000No DataIcon representing missing value.693,121,008.73
Wright-Hennepin Electric12.59124.59585,96073,758,959No DataIcon representing missing value.350,705,329.87
Otter Tail Power Company10.8798.75540,50258,740,644255,3472,122,140,500.52
East Central Energy15.60135.89531,06582,841,382No DataIcon representing missing value.341,487,237.95
Lake Country Power14.60132.56497,97672,709,600No DataIcon representing missing value.242,017,175.86
Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative11.74117.22470,30155,236,000No DataIcon representing missing value.329,017,302.81
Crow Wing Power12.05106.44444,70353,598,000No DataIcon representing missing value.239,902,691.93

Power Plants in Minnesota

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Sherburne CountySouthern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (16.08%)Northern States Power Company (83.92%)
Coal 9,743,369.059,478,846,083.05972.85No DataIcon representing missing value.12/2034
Prairie IslandNorthern States Power Company (100.00%)
Nuclear 9,073,969146,457,478.8416.14No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Monticello Nuclear FacilityNorthern States Power Company (100.00%)
Nuclear 4,936,04563,042,657.6912.77No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Clay BoswellMinnesota Power (87.45%)WPPI Energy (12.55%)
Coal 4,336,794.014,520,181,649.991,042.29YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Mankato Energy Center
Natural Gas 2,829,9321,162,325,196.9410.73No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
High BridgeNorthern States Power Company (100.00%)
Natural Gas 2,608,949966,464,341.36370.44No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Black DogNorthern States Power Company (100.00%)
Natural Gas 1,780,228747,809,493.48420.06No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Riverside (MN)Northern States Power Company (100.00%)
Natural Gas 1,430,835560,246,923.6391.55No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Allen S KingNorthern States Power Company (100.00%)
Coal 964,1151,002,762,447.241,040.09YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Red Pine Wind ProjectEDF Energy Services (100.00%)
Wind 805,52322,914,652.928.45No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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By megawatt hours sold, the largest provider in Minnesota is Northern States Power Company.

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Minnesota is 12th highest in the United States for electricity production from wind per capita, averaging 2.19 megawatt hours per person produced from wind.

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Solar power usage in Minnesota has risen by 22.15% year over year, with 1,786,004.96 megawatt hours being produced from solar during the last 12 months compared to 1,462,169.9 the 12 months before.

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Minnesota has a population of 5,639,632 residents.

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Minnesota ranks 20th in United States for production per capita from nuclear power, averaging 2.48 megawatt hours produced from nuclear sources.

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Wind turbines in Minnesota produce 12,341,376.65 megawatt hours of electricity, the 9th highest in US states.

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Aitkin County15,88615 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.86$100.62/mo
Anoka County356,9219 providers213.58$101.31/mo
Becker County34,42323 providers111.41$116.41/mo
Beltrami County47,18816 providers112.42$133.59/mo
Benton County40,88912 providers1013.44$113.27/mo
Big Stone County4,99110 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.22$156.05/mo
Blue Earth County67,65318 providers1513.39$117.00/mo
Brown County25,00816 providers313.05$142.57/mo
Carlton County35,87112 providers512.36$90.48/mo
Carver County105,08914 providers1512.79$106.63/mo
Cass County29,77923 providers212.26$103.96/mo
Chippewa County11,80015 providers1012.00$155.15/mo
Chisago County56,5799 providers3014.61$108.90/mo
Clay County64,22218 providers911.41$123.46/mo
Clearwater County8,81816 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.06$130.66/mo
Cook County5,4633 providers213.89$128.84/mo
Cottonwood County11,19616 providers711.83$141.87/mo
Crow Wing County65,05512 providers112.48$97.27/mo
Dakota County429,02112 providers2913.51$106.68/mo
Dodge County20,93410 providers1113.70$115.12/mo
Douglas County38,14116 providers511.74$116.20/mo
Faribault County13,65318 providers612.96$128.94/mo
Fillmore County21,06721 providers314.41$118.39/mo
Freeborn County30,28117 providers513.57$109.07/mo
Goodhue County46,34014 providers1413.60$122.79/mo
Grant County5,9729 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.28$133.48/mo
Hennepin County1,265,84311 providers913.37$97.70/mo
Houston County18,60021 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.14.12$113.71/mo
Hubbard County21,49112 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.20$129.42/mo
Isanti County40,59614 providers414.42$110.22/mo
Itasca County45,13015 providers311.40$85.43/mo
Jackson County9,84618 providers1211.27$113.38/mo
Kanabec County16,33711 providers213.78$105.18/mo
Kandiyohi County43,19918 providers1012.45$125.71/mo
Kittson County4,2988 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.10$157.23/mo
Koochiching County12,22915 providers212.20$92.45/mo
Lac qui Parle County6,62316 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.40$150.55/mo
Lake County10,64112 providers112.37$90.45/mo
Lake of the Woods County3,7404 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.75$134.01/mo
Le Sueur County28,88712 providers713.02$102.34/mo
Lincoln County5,63918 providers1611.93$165.08/mo
Lyon County25,47413 providers1011.56$154.66/mo
Mahnomen County5,52713 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.89$129.14/mo
Marshall County9,33620 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.81$139.23/mo
Martin County19,68315 providers712.11$137.41/mo
McLeod County35,89314 providers1311.67$105.99/mo
Meeker County23,22215 providers511.73$114.07/mo
Mille Lacs County26,2777 providers113.93$107.43/mo
Morrison County33,38613 providers312.21$99.32/mo
Mower County40,06215 providers713.83$114.32/mo
Murray County8,19415 providers1012.09$143.78/mo
Nicollet County34,27417 providers513.04$116.99/mo
Nobles County21,62922 providers1111.45$108.92/mo
Norman County6,37520 providers111.44$132.47/mo
Olmsted County158,29314 providers1414.42$114.26/mo
Otter Tail County58,74625 providers311.05$111.00/mo
Pennington County14,11911 providers111.74$135.51/mo
Pine County29,5798 providers114.30$107.59/mo
Pipestone County9,12617 providers2512.26$150.16/mo
Polk County31,36427 providers212.00$138.28/mo
Pope County11,24916 providers1211.87$123.02/mo
Ramsey County550,3215 providers513.77$93.98/mo
Red Lake County4,0558 providers112.03$153.33/mo
Redwood County15,17023 providers612.05$151.15/mo
Renville County14,54824 providers712.06$130.71/mo
Rice County66,97213 providers2413.33$110.27/mo
Rock County9,31521 providers511.83$132.29/mo
Roseau County15,1659 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.88$147.95/mo
Scott County149,01312 providers913.08$101.43/mo
Sherburne County97,23810 providers2213.27$108.21/mo
Sibley County14,86520 providers312.57$113.95/mo
St. Louis County199,07022 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.90$84.31/mo
Stearns County161,07524 providers2912.46$118.80/mo
Steele County36,64916 providers813.52$103.81/mo
Stevens County9,8059 providers311.60$150.76/mo
Swift County9,26613 providers111.44$155.94/mo
Todd County24,66420 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.54$111.51/mo
Traverse County3,25911 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.05$146.07/mo
Wabasha County21,62711 providers414.02$114.11/mo
Wadena County13,68214 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.62$115.24/mo
Waseca County18,61214 providers1513.46$104.58/mo
Washington County262,44017 providers1513.85$102.92/mo
Watonwan County10,89713 providers212.99$148.76/mo
Wilkin County6,20718 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.29$124.07/mo
Winona County50,48419 providers814.44$123.96/mo
Wright County138,37718 providers2012.65$104.11/mo
Yellow Medicine County9,70915 providers212.01$158.52/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Minnesota’s primary fuel source is Coal, with 27.39% of electricity production using this fuel. Nuclear and Wind are also primary fuels in the state, with 14,010,014 (24.92%) and 12,341,376.65 (21.95%) megawatt hours generated from each, respectively. The state's electricity generation efforts resulted in CO2 pollution totaling 24,443,006,628.52 kilograms, which is the 22nd most of any state in the nation. Additionally, the state ranks 31st worst in the US in emissions per capita, which could be argued to be the more important statistic. Minnesota is home to 602 power producing plants, which is the 3rd highest number of power plants in a state and the 4th highest number of power plants per resident in a state.

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Natural Gas
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Net Metering

Minnesota has 82 out of 179 electricity suppliers reporting that they offer net metering to residents with personal solar panels. The state has some of the best net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other types of electricity generation more realistic.

Energy Loss

There are 145 companies in Minnesota that reported energy loss, including Northern States Power Company, Minnesota Power, and Connexus Energy . Combined, these 145 electricity providers average an annual energy loss of 2.89% of electricity generated. For comparison, the countrywide average energy loss is 2.72%. Minnesota has a rank of 38th worst in the nation for energy loss.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

When it comes to stimulating personal solar, tax and rebate incentives from the government are some of the easiest methods. Minnesota currently does not offer a state tax credit for solar panel installation at a private residence. While there are no state sponsored rebates there are local rebates available to many citizens who wish to install solar. Fortunately, Minnesota offers a 100% tax exemption to homeowners who wish to install private solar panels. There is currently a 100% sales tax exemption in place for the install of solar.

State Level Initiatives

State level legislation has a big part in affecting whether customers in a state can afford to purchase personal solar systems or find electricity plans that are based on renewable fuel types. Many states require renewable fuel sources to be a percentage of the fuel used for electricity production. These requirements are called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Electricity providers in the state of Minnesota are required to generate a minimum of 16-24% of their output using renewable fuels. Furthermore, low income solar programs are another way a state can encourage renewable fuel types and the state of Minnesota is home to a program that does exactly that.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Minnesota

Where does Minnesota get its electricity?

The main fuel sources used for electricity production in Minnesota are Coal, Nuclear and Wind, making up 27.39%, 24.92% and 21.95% respectively.

What is the average electricity rate in Minnesota?

Anything below the Minnesota average of 13.39 cents per kilowatt hour should be considered a good rate. The rates in the state range from 7.28 cents to 20.15 cents per kilowatt hour, with Nashwauk Public Utilities currently having the lowest rates.