Electricity Rates in Montana
Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics
Electricity Companies & Statistics in Montana
- Population see rank1,104,271
- Total Production see rank26,766,152 MWh / 24.24 MWh per capita
- Total Consumption see rank15,570,787 MWh / 14.1 MWh per capita
- Total Production from Renewable see rank14,025,759 MWh / 12.7 MWh per capita
- CO2 Emissions from Consumption see rank7,391,635,201 kg / 6,693.68 kg per capita
- Total Production from Non-Renewable see rank12,740,393 MWh / 11.54 MWh per capita
Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Montana
Montana residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in April.
Historical Electricity Rates:
Montana Electricity Fuel Mix
Montana's Electricity Prices and Usage
Consumers in Montana enjoy a lower residential electricity rate than most people around the nation, with an average state electricity rate of 11.38 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the nationwide average price of 15.34 cents. While there are 30 electricity companies operating in the state, citizens often will only have one electricity supplier choice due to the regulated electricity market in place. There are over 7,391,635,200.93 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity use in the state, which is enough to make Montana the 40th highest polluting state in the US based on total kilograms emitted. Residents in the state consume, on average, 14.1 megawatt hours of electricity each, making Montana the 20th highest ranked state based on electricity consumption per capita. Customers in the state are faced with 0.7 power outages on average, with outages lasting an average of 34.11 minutes. The national averages for these data points are 1.58 outages and 145.81 minutes. Approximately 52.40% of the states' electricity is produced from sustainable fuels, ranking them as the 21st highest state for total renewable electricity production.
Residential Electricity Providers in Montana
|Provider||Service Type||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Average Bill ($)||Residential Sales (MWh)||Residential Revenues ($)||State Production (MWh)|
|Flathead Electric Cooperative||BUNDLED||9.46||118.08||905,544||85,673,000||11,557|
|Mission Valley Power||BUNDLED||7.16||102.9||269,448||19,284,220|
|Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative||BUNDLED||12.34||122.11||240,625||29,687,786|
|Missoula Electric Coop||BUNDLED||9.83||110.61||193,132||18,987,165|
|Vigilante Electric Cooperative||BUNDLED||7.62||114.35||192,823||14,698,000|
|Montana Dakota Utilities||BUNDLED||11.24||91.24||191,701||21,552,000||109,999|
|Park Electric Coop||BUNDLED||9.33||111.58||86,505.97||8,074,143.61|
|Lincoln Electric Cooperative||BUNDLED||10.47||133.47||86,084.94||9,009,055.13|
Commercial Electricity Providers in Montana
|Provider||Service Type||Commercial Rate (¢)||Commercial Average Bill ($)||Commercial Sales (MWh)||Commercial Revenues ($)||State Production (MWh)|
|Flathead Electric Cooperative||BUNDLED||7.24||240.04||481,424||34,833,000||11,557|
|Montana Dakota Utilities||BUNDLED||10.05||390.26||267,135||26,848,000||109,999|
|Fergus Electric Cooperative||BUNDLED||9.27||5,651.25||185,722||17,225,000|
|Mission Valley Power||BUNDLED||6.47||131.62||137,086||8,864,000|
|Glacier Electric Coop||BUNDLED||8.55||303.53||77,526.31||6,625,559.69|
|Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative||BUNDLED||12.40||420.88||67,789||8,405,824|
|Sheridan Electric Cooperative||BUNDLED||15.40||952.13||56,741.84||8,740,553.29|
|Missoula Electric Coop||BUNDLED||9.01||267.87||53,118||4,785,283|
|Marias River Electric Cooperative||BUNDLED||9.13||257.42||44,499.6||4,062,158.26|
Power Plants in Montana
|Plant||City/County||Primary Fuel Type||Production (MWh)||Emission (KG)||Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)||Toxic Chemical Release||Closing Date|
|Lincoln County||Conventional Hydroelectric||1,845,254.02|
Noxon RapidsAvista Utilities (100.00%)
|Sanders County||Conventional Hydroelectric||1,568,975.01|
Selis Ksanka QlispeEnergy Keepers Inc (100.00%)
|Lake County||Conventional Hydroelectric||987,458|
Hungry HorseUS Bureau of Reclamation (100.00%)
|Flathead County||Conventional Hydroelectric||953,331|
Fort PeckUS Army Corps of Engineers (100.00%)
|McCone County||Conventional Hydroelectric||920,418|
Pryor Mountain WindPacifiCorp (100.00%)
NaturEner Rim Rock EnergyNaturEner Rim Rock Energy LLC (100.00%)
YellowtailUS Bureau of Reclamation (100.00%)
|Big Horn County||Conventional Hydroelectric||512,187|
Judith Gap Wind Energy CenterInvenergy (100.00%)
Montana generates 4,018,341.76 megawatts from wind turbines. That is sufficient to rank it 20th in the United States for wind energy electricity generation.
Montana produces 12.7 megawatt hours per resident of the state from renewable fuel types. This makes Montana the 5th highest state for renewable generation per capita in the nation.
The population of Montana has increased by 1.85% in the past 12 months.
Montana creates 37.16% of their electricity from hydroelectric power, approximately 9,945,487.11 megawatt hours per year.
Montana produces 756,849.28 megawatt hours from natural gas, which is enough to rank them 49th in the United States for natural gas generation.
By megawatt hours sold, the largest provider in Montana is NorthWestern Energy.
|County||Population||Providers||Plants||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Avg. Electric Bill|
|Big Horn County||13,198||6||3||12.67||$112.14/mo|
|Deer Lodge County||9,380||2||1||10.03||$103.95/mo|
|Golden Valley County||820||2||1||13.95||$112.82/mo|
|Judith Basin County||2,004||2||2||13.94||$112.81/mo|
|Lewis and Clark County||70,340||2||5||11.10||$99.33/mo|
|Powder River County||1,759||4||13.77||$143.22/mo|
|Silver Bow County||35,017||2||1||10.03||$103.96/mo|
|Sweet Grass County||3,690||4||2||11.94||$107.19/mo|
Montana is the 40th worst ranked state when it comes to total CO2 pollution, with the state consuming enough electricity to account for 7,391,635,200.93 kilograms of CO2 emissions per year. More telling of the state's pollution reality is the per capita CO2 totals. Currently that amount stands at 6,693.68 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use, which results in the state being the 11th ranked state in the nation for CO2 pollution emitted per capita. Electricity producing facilities in the state most often use Coal, which makes up 11,248,266.66 megawatt hours (or 42.02%) of the fuel types used for electricity generation in the state. Adding Coal totals to Conventional Hydroelectric (37.16%) and Wind (15.01%), these three fuels make up 94.19% of the state electricity generation. Montana has 66 electricity producing plants, which is the 41st most in the country and 14th highest when counting power plants per person.
FAQ: Common Questions About Electricity in Montana
What is a good electricity rate in Montana?
The average electricity price paid by customers in Montana in 2023 is 11.38 cents per kilowatt hour.
Where does Montana get its electricity?
Montana's electricity is produced using primarily Coal, which makes up 42.02% of the fuel used in the state. Conventional Hydroelectric and Wind also account for 37.16% and 15.01% respectively.
Does Montana have a deregulated electricity market?
No, Montana has a regulated electricity market where consumers often have only a single supplier choice for their electricity needs.
How many power plants are located in Montana?
There are 66 active power plants in Montana.
How many electric companies offer service in Montana?
Montana has 30 electricity providers operating in the area.
What is the average electric bill in Montana?
The average electric bill in the state of Montana in 2023 is $103 while the national average is $137.
What electricity company is the largest supplier in Montana?
By total megawatt hours sold, NorthWestern Energy is the largest electricity supplier in Montana.
What power companies are in Montana?
|State Customers Rank||Provider||State Customers|
|2||Flathead Electric Cooperative||72,653|
|3||Montana Dakota Utilities||25,539|
|4||Mission Valley Power||22,323|
|5||Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative||22,161|
|6||Missoula Electric Coop||16,065|
|8||Vigilante Electric Cooperative||10,711|
|9||Glacier Electric Coop||7,878|
|10||Fergus Electric Cooperative||6,660|
What is the cheapest electricity company in Montana?
|Residential Rate Rank||Provider||Residential Rate (¢)||State Customers|
|1||Mission Valley Power||7.16||22,323|
|2||City of Troy Utilities||7.58||1,051|
|3||Vigilante Electric Cooperative||7.62||10,711|
|4||Sheridan Electric Cooperative||8.65||3,730|
|5||Lower Yellowstone Electric REA||8.66||5,100|
|6||Park Electric Coop||9.33||6,497|
|7||Marias River Electric Cooperative||9.38||3,829|
|8||Flathead Electric Cooperative||9.46||72,653|
|9||Missoula Electric Coop||9.83||16,065|