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Electricity In Montana

  • Population1,068,778
  • Total Consumption14,476,589 MWh / 13.54 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions6,767,418,528 kg
  • Total Production23,345,319 MWh / 21.84 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Montana

Montana residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in September.

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.121/kWh$0.105/kWh$141.76/mo.$72.60/mo.
14th11.33¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Montana
9th$97.28Average residential monthly electricity bill for Montana Residents

Energy Profile of Montana

Montana's Electricity Prices and Usage

The average residential electricity rate in Montana in 2021 is 11.33 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 15.01% lower than the national average of 13.33 cents.. The state has a regulated electricity market, meaning consumers may have only a few provider options to choose from when shopping for their electricity. Montana has accomplished a 5.44% rise in the use of renewable fuel sources for electricity production in the past year. The state is the 43rd highest electricity consuming state with consumption totaling over 14,400,000 megawatt hours. Electricity providers operating in the state increased their production of electricity from wind turbines by 10.45%. The state has total emissions of 6,331.92 kilograms per person of CO2 gases, which ranks it the 15th worst polluting state per capita.

Residential Electricity Providers in Montana

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NorthWestern Energy12.0487.092,682,290322,984,6943,765,552.875,098,299,884.51
Flathead Electric Cooperative9.55111.42809,46177,276,00011,9941,345,502,929.48
Mission Valley Power6.8992.6245,00016,880,510No DataIcon representing missing value.181,116,912.24
Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative12.46119.64222,13527,667,553No DataIcon representing missing value.136,871,501.34
Montana Dakota Utilities 10.9083.53181,80319,815,000302,208806,222,064.09
Missoula Electric Coop9.96106.28176,99917,636,315No DataIcon representing missing value.114,441,665.94
Ravalli Electric9.95119.79140,70913,997,900No DataIcon representing missing value.76,616,533.05
Vigilante Electric Cooperative8.3795.04118,7829,938,000No DataIcon representing missing value.81,740,040.19
Lincoln Electric Cooperative10.19135.485,3508,693,000No DataIcon representing missing value.56,296,872.04
Park Electric Coop9.53112.7481,4197,757,400No DataIcon representing missing value.84,248,501.8

Power Plants in Montana

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Colstrip Coal 8,013,770.998,491,678,088.641,059.64YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Lincoln County Conventional Hydroelectric 2,310,881142,495,414.4461.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Sanders County Conventional Hydroelectric 1,596,460.0198,442,216.2761.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Fort Peck Conventional Hydroelectric 1,105,656.9968,177,905.9861.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Selis Ksanka QlispeEnergy Keepers Inc (100.00%)
Lake County Conventional Hydroelectric 962,81959,370,105.9361.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Hungry Horse CDP Conventional Hydroelectric 925,70957,081,810.3961.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Fort Smith CDP Conventional Hydroelectric 780,39148,121,099.2561.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
NaturEner Rim Rock EnergyNaturEner Rim Rock Energy LLC (100.00%)
Toole County Wind 663,55418,878,541.4428.45No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Judith Gap Wind Energy CenterInvenergy (100.00%)
Harlowton Wind 487,07813,859,395.3628.45No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Thompson Falls Conventional Hydroelectric 480,17629,609,009.2161.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Montana ranks 49th in the US for natural gas generation, with 337,721.67 megawatt hours generated using the fuel type.

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When measuring CO2 emissions per capita, Montana saw a 28.31% drop within the previous 12 months.

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Montana has recently seen an increase in electricity generation from solar power of roughly 8.90% year over year.

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Montana is 21st in the nation in electricity produced from wind power.

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Montana has seen a 4.12% increase in hydroelectric power generation over the last 12 months.

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The monthly residential electricity bill average in Montana is $97.28 compared to the US average of $120.11. Montana citizens enjoy a 19.01% lower average expense every month compared to their fellow countrymen.

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Beaverhead County9,4532No DataIcon representing missing value.8.93$93.82/mo
Big Horn County13,3196212.17$117.33/mo
Blaine County6,6814No DataIcon representing missing value.13.19$116.54/mo
Broadwater County6,2372No DataIcon representing missing value.9.31$92.99/mo
Carbon County10,7254112.49$96.40/mo
Carter County1,2525No DataIcon representing missing value.12.82$99.32/mo
Cascade County81,3664612.71$100.84/mo
Chouteau County5,6355No DataIcon representing missing value.13.79$115.58/mo
Custer County11,4027112.98$127.00/mo
Daniels County1,6902No DataIcon representing missing value.11.18$144.68/mo
Dawson County8,6136111.98$103.89/mo
Deer Lodge County9,1402111.02$89.31/mo
Fallon County2,8464112.07$92.84/mo
Fergus County11,0503No DataIcon representing missing value.15.16$131.08/mo
Flathead County103,806549.70$113.23/mo
Gallatin County114,4343No DataIcon representing missing value.11.70$91.62/mo
Garfield County1,2582No DataIcon representing missing value.13.60$120.80/mo
Glacier County13,7534No DataIcon representing missing value.10.01$103.79/mo
Golden Valley County8212115.21$131.75/mo
Granite County3,3792111.78$89.50/mo
Hill County16,4843No DataIcon representing missing value.13.79$114.47/mo
Jefferson County12,2212No DataIcon representing missing value.10.11$91.27/mo
Judith Basin County2,0073213.79$111.94/mo
Lake County30,458417.33$94.81/mo
Lewis and Clark County69,4324511.80$94.72/mo
Liberty County2,3375112.30$108.17/mo
Lincoln County19,9805110.37$115.00/mo
Madison County8,6002No DataIcon representing missing value.11.32$88.64/mo
McCone County1,6646No DataIcon representing missing value.12.74$110.50/mo
Meagher County1,8624112.10$92.51/mo
Mineral County4,3972No DataIcon representing missing value.11.51$91.96/mo
Missoula County119,6004No DataIcon representing missing value.9.98$103.00/mo
Musselshell County4,6333No DataIcon representing missing value.14.78$126.10/mo
Park County16,6062No DataIcon representing missing value.10.96$98.17/mo
Petroleum County4873No DataIcon representing missing value.14.91$130.64/mo
Phillips County3,9544No DataIcon representing missing value.12.29$118.23/mo
Pondera County5,9115No DataIcon representing missing value.12.45$110.51/mo
Powder River County1,6822No DataIcon representing missing value.14.06$152.73/mo
Powell County6,8902No DataIcon representing missing value.11.27$94.20/mo
Prairie County1,0775No DataIcon representing missing value.12.71$116.40/mo
Ravalli County43,8062No DataIcon representing missing value.10.44$112.09/mo
Richland County10,8036210.08$96.47/mo
Roosevelt County11,0046310.36$112.70/mo
Rosebud County8,9377113.26$140.15/mo
Sanders County12,1136210.67$96.27/mo
Sheridan County3,3093No DataIcon representing missing value.8.80$120.28/mo
Silver Bow County34,915219.46$92.66/mo
Stillwater County9,6424212.73$102.19/mo
Sweet Grass County3,7374211.48$103.86/mo
Teton County6,1473313.14$110.65/mo
Toole County4,736338.94$92.96/mo
Treasure County6963No DataIcon representing missing value.13.40$153.07/mo
Valley County7,3966113.14$147.01/mo
Wheatland County2,1262415.09$129.97/mo
Wibaux County9693No DataIcon representing missing value.10.90$83.53/mo
Yellowstone County161,3004412.79$118.34/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

The state of Montana’s primary fuel source consumed for electricity production is Conventional Hydroelectric. They produce 10,648,634.51 megawatt hours, or 45.61% of the total production in the state, from this fuel. When combined with Coal (37.04%) and Wind (12.61%), these three fuels make up 95.26% state's electricity production. Electricity use in the state results in 6,767,418,527.58 kilograms of CO2 emissions. This is the 42nd most of any state in the US. Averaging 6,331.92 kilograms of CO2 emissions per capita, the state ranks 15th worst for pollution per capita. Montana is home to 58 electricity generation plants, which is 42nd most in the country and 14th most when counting plants per citizen.

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Conventional Hydroelectric
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Montana Net Metering

Roughly 57.14% of the electric providers in Montana offer net metering to their customers. At the state level, Montana is known for decent net metering and feed in tariff regulations.

Energy Loss

There are 24 companies in Montana that reported energy loss, including NorthWestern Energy, Flathead Electric Cooperative, and Mission Valley Power. Combined, these 24 companies average an annual energy loss of 3.11% of electricity produced. The United States average for energy loss is 2.72%, which earns a rank of 32nd worst in the country for Montana in this category.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

When it comes to encouraging solar panel installs at private residences, tax and rebate incentives from the government are some of the easiest methods. Montana offers a credit that is $1000 or less or there is no state tax. Offering no rebates for solar panel installs, the state is currently dropping the ball for its citizens who want to install private solar panels. Fortunately, Montana offers a 100% tax exemption to residents. at their place of residence. There is currently a 100% sales tax exemption in place for the purchase of solar panels.

State Level Initiatives

Whether a consumer is able to easily find electricity plans with renewable sources is somewhat determined by statewide initiatives. Many states require renewable fuels to be a portion of the fuel used for electricity generation by suppliers in the state. These stipulations are referred to as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). The state of Montana, unfortunately, has no standards in place. Also, there are currently no low income solar programs to assist low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Montana

Where does Montana get its electricity?

Montana’s electricity is produced using primarily Conventional Hydroelectric, which makes up 45.61% of the fuel used in the state. In addition, Coal makes up 37.04% and Wind accounts for 12.61%.

How much does electricity cost in Montana?

The average price per kilowatt hour of electricity in Montana in 2021 is 11.33 cents.

What electricity company is the largest provider in Montana?

By total revenue, NorthWestern Energy is the largest electricity supplier in Montana.

How many electric companies offer service in Montana?

There are 35 electricity companies operating in Montana.

What is the average electric bill in Montana?

The average electricity bill in the state of Montana in 2021 is $97 while the national average is $120.

How many power plants are within Montana?

Montana has 58 active power plants generating electricity for the state.

Does Montana have a deregulated electricity market?

No, the state has a regulated market, where citizens’ electricity company choices are usually determined by their location or state legislation.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Montana?

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1Black Hills Energy6.7841
2Mission Valley Power6.8921,763
3City of Troy Utilities7.121,034
4Sheridan Electric Cooperative8.343,680
5Vigilante Electric Cooperative8.3710,178
6McKenzie Electric Cooperative8.60116
7Lower Yellowstone Electric REA8.715,076
8Marias River Electric Cooperative8.893,820
9Avista Utilities8.9331
10Park Electric Coop9.536,178

What power companies offer service in Montana?

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1NorthWestern Energy384,976
2Flathead Electric Cooperative69,632
3Montana Dakota Utilities 25,605
4Mission Valley Power21,763
5Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative21,069
6Missoula Electric Coop15,549
7Ravalli Electric10,837
8Vigilante Electric Cooperative10,178
9Glacier Electric Coop7,758
10Fergus Electric Cooperative6,496

Last Reviewed By: Ginalyn Gelera
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-13