Montana Electricity Rates & Average Electricity Bills

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Electricity Companies & Statistics in Montana

  • Population
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  • Total Production
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    25,918,662 MWh / 23.08 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    15,514,811 MWh / 13.82 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    12,532,020 MWh / 11.16 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    8,077,937,753 kg / 7,194.03 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    13,386,643 MWh / 11.92 MWh per capita
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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:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.132/kWh$0.104/kWh$148.66/mo.$72.60/mo.
13th12.57¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Montana
10th$109.67Average residential monthly electricity bill for Montana Residents

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 12.57 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the nationwide average price of 16.01 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. The state ranks as the 41st highest polluting state in the US based on total CO2 output, with over 8,077,937,752.83 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity consumption. As the 10th worst polluting state in the United States based on pollution per capita from electricity use, Montana citizens average emissions of 7,194.03 kilograms of CO2 gases each. The state's electrical grid experiences an average of 0.24 electrical outages per consumer per year. These outages last an average of 214.2 minutes. In contrast, the national average is 1.27 outages per customer and 137.24 minutes each outage. Approximately 48.35% of the states' electricity is produced from sustainable fuels, ranking them as the 22nd highest state for total renewable electricity production.

Residential Electricity Providers in Montana

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
NorthWestern EnergyBUNDLED14.57104.712,783,639.73405,507,4083,866,978.65
Flathead Electric CooperativeBUNDLED9.49115.65906,54786,059,0008,911
Mission Valley PowerBUNDLED8.00108.92261,567.3920,929,090
Yellowstone Valley Electric CooperativeBUNDLED12.65118.18232,380.9529,388,472
Vigilante Electric CooperativeBUNDLED7.89119.58199,28215,732,600
Missoula Electric CoopBUNDLED9.94110.04192,321.6819,125,655
Montana Dakota UtilitiesBUNDLED12.2095.5184,37522,489,000112,958
Ravalli ElectricBUNDLED9.87128.26164,251.6516,217,674.07
Lincoln Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.03141.2596,285.589,658,229.41
Park Electric CoopBUNDLED9.43111.587,5088,255,698.6

Commercial Electricity Providers in Montana

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
NorthWestern EnergyBUNDLED14.07466.763,093,640.6435,348,2523,866,978.65
Flathead Electric CooperativeBUNDLED7.41244.04485,69535,983,0008,911
Montana Dakota UtilitiesBUNDLED10.90416.97263,89728,762,000112,958
Fergus Electric CooperativeBUNDLED9.425,355.86176,64416,646,000
Mission Valley PowerBUNDLED7.34148.03136,079.319,988,640
Glacier Electric CoopBUNDLED8.66321.3481,307.657,037,237.11
Yellowstone Valley Electric CooperativeBUNDLED12.48430.8369,930.718,724,756
Sheridan Electric CooperativeBUNDLED15.16950.4758,020.848,793,776.76
Missoula Electric CoopBUNDLED9.10265.6353,534.94,870,848
Marias River Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.08291.345,519.894,589,734.66

Power Plants in Montana

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Colstrip Coal 10,910,544.0111,474,047,518.671,051.65
Lincoln County Conventional Hydroelectric 2,117,883.03
Sanders County Conventional Hydroelectric 1,741,340.02
Clearwater Wind IClearwater Energy Resources LLC (100.00%)
Miles City Wind 1,330,388
Flathead County Conventional Hydroelectric 1,008,019.01
Selis Ksanka QlispeEnergy Keepers Inc (100.00%)
Lake County Conventional Hydroelectric 997,605
McCone County Conventional Hydroelectric 756,133
Pryor Mountain WindPacifiCorp (100.00%)
Carbon County Wind 712,372
Big Horn County Conventional Hydroelectric 685,935
NaturEner Rim Rock EnergyNaturEner Rim Rock Energy LLC (100.00%)
Toole County Wind 559,514

Quick Facts

Montana generates 4,630,935.77 megawatts from wind turbines. That is sufficient to rank it 20th in the United States for wind energy electricity generation.

Montana is 5th in the United States for renewable electricity production per capita, at 11.16 megawatt hours per person a year.

Montana experienced a 1.51% rise in CO2 emissions per capita over the course of the previous 12 months.

With 250,740 megawatt hours produced from solar power and 1,122,867 citizens in Montana, the state averages 0.22 megawatt hours produced from solar per capita, which gives it a ranking of 25th in the nation.

Montana ranks 49th in the United States for natural gas generation, with 988,603.07 megawatt hours produced using the fuel type.

Montana has seen a year over year increase of 690.48% in electricity generation from solar power.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Beaverhead County9,3912111.23$112.14/mo
Big Horn County13,1986313.79$117.42/mo
Blaine County7,051314.05$114.01/mo
Broadwater County6,6412111.23$112.14/mo
Carbon County10,4883213.93$107.03/mo
Carter County1,349415.24$105.42/mo
Cascade County84,8643714.21$113.05/mo
Chouteau County5,896414.53$115.38/mo
Custer County11,9687213.79$127.94/mo
Daniels County1,739312.00$132.37/mo
Dawson County9,0036113.18$108.31/mo
Deer Lodge County9,3802111.23$112.14/mo
Fallon County3,0744114.20$97.85/mo
Fergus County11,464314.88$121.03/mo
Flathead County111,8144411.87$112.18/mo
Gallatin County124,857412.76$108.67/mo
Garfield County972214.41$124.24/mo
Glacier County13,827312.34$105.60/mo
Golden Valley County8202114.89$121.27/mo
Granite County3,3333113.93$105.67/mo
Hill County16,297214.51$113.84/mo
Jefferson County12,057211.23$112.14/mo
Judith Basin County2,0042214.89$121.26/mo
Lake County31,0304111.69$106.94/mo
Lewis and Clark County73,8322512.72$108.82/mo
Liberty County2,0263113.82$110.25/mo
Lincoln County19,6745111.00$119.63/mo
Madison County8,4992111.97$110.49/mo
McCone County1,8056113.83$118.61/mo
Meagher County1,9324111.62$114.89/mo
Mineral County4,490313.15$113.51/mo
Missoula County121,041312.23$107.26/mo
Musselshell County4,813314.87$121.69/mo
Park County17,072312.35$108.09/mo
Petroleum County434314.84$124.76/mo
Phillips County4,233313.48$114.91/mo
Pondera County5,974413.47$108.89/mo
Powder River County1,759414.31$141.07/mo
Powell County6,955213.43$106.02/mo
Prairie County1,227413.50$125.05/mo
Ravalli County43,790412.87$113.67/mo
Richland County11,3755210.64$104.42/mo
Roosevelt County10,8847311.37$113.65/mo
Rosebud County8,4646413.88$130.52/mo
Sanders County12,2986212.83$109.76/mo
Sheridan County3,52249.17$112.21/mo
Silver Bow County35,0172111.23$112.14/mo
Stillwater County8,9165213.92$111.05/mo
Sweet Grass County3,6904212.80$112.95/mo
Teton County6,1732313.76$113.44/mo
Toole County5,0133312.47$103.14/mo
Treasure County693313.72$136.34/mo
Valley County7,553513.85$128.61/mo
Wheatland County2,0823414.78$121.08/mo
Wibaux County1,018413.99$75.79/mo
Yellowstone County169,8523513.94$115.37/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Montana is the 41st worst ranked state when it comes to total CO2 pollution, with the state consuming enough electricity to account for 8,077,937,752.83 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 7,194.03 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use, which results in the state being the 10th ranked state in the nation for CO2 pollution emitted per capita. Electricity producing facilities in the state most often use Coal, which makes up 11,666,951.86 megawatt hours (or 45.01%) of the fuel types used for electricity generation in the state. Adding Coal totals to Conventional Hydroelectric (29.41%) and Wind (17.87%), these three fuels make up 92.29% of the state electricity generation. Montana has 67 electricity producing plants, which is the 41st most in the country and 14th highest when counting power plants per person.

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Montana Net Metering

Montana has 22 out of 30 electricity suppliers reporting that they offer net metering to residents with personal solar panels. Regulations put in place at the state level are decent for consumers interested in installing solar or other alternative electricity generation sources.

Energy Loss

The average energy loss for companies in Montana is 3.19%. This includes data from 6 companies, including NorthWestern Energy, Flathead Electric Cooperative, and Mission Valley Power. The United States average for energy loss is 2.87%, which earns a rank of 25th best in the United States 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. There are currently no statewide rebates available to consumers who are installing solar panels. Montana citizens have the ability to apply a 100% property tax exemption for the purchase of private solar panels, which is as good as it gets. Fortunately, residents in the state have a 100% sales tax exemption for the install of solar at a place of residence. This is as good as it gets.

State Level Initiatives

Legislation enforced at the state level determines whether customers who are seeking renewable energy sources can easily find alternatives. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for electricity suppliers who do business in the state. These standards require that a certain amount of electricity must be produced from renewable fuels. Montana does not currently have any standards in place that providers must adhere to. Also, there are currently no low income solar programs to assist low income families to install solar panels.

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 2024 is 12.57 cents per kilowatt hour.

Where does Montana get its electricity?

Montana's electricity is produced using primarily Coal, which makes up 45.01% of the fuel used in the state. Conventional Hydroelectric and Wind also account for 29.41% and 17.87% 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 67 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 2024 is $110 while the national average is $138.

What electricity company is the largest supplier in Montana?

By total megawatt hours sold, NorthWestern Energy is the largest electricity supplier in Montana.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Montana?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Vigilante Electric Cooperative7.8910,964
2City of Troy Utilities8.001,042
3Mission Valley Power8.0022,738
4Sheridan Electric Cooperative8.513,761
5Lower Yellowstone Electric REA8.565,128
6Park Electric Coop9.436,648
7Flathead Electric Cooperative9.4974,395
8Ravalli Electric9.8711,725
9Missoula Electric Coop9.9416,284
10Fall River Electric10.002,041

Ginalyn Gelera
Last Reviewed By: Ginalyn Gelera
Published: 2024-03-29