Electricity In Montana

  • Population1,068,778
  • Total Consumption14,812,597 MWh / 13.86 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption7,116,606,025 kg
  • Total Production23,828,725 MWh / 22.3 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.
10th11.22¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Montana
10th$98.39Average 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 2022 is 11.22 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 17.58% lower than the national average of 13.62 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. Citizens in the state have an average monthly residential electric bill of $98.39 per month. The US average monthly bill is $121.91. NorthWestern Energy is the largest electricity provider in the state based on total residential customers. Citizens living in the state average a per capita consumption rate of 13.86 megawatt hours of electricity each year. The state produces 52.28% of their electricity using sustainable fuel sources, which ranks them 8th in the country for ratio of sustainable fuel sources to non-renewable sources.

Residential Electricity Providers in Montana

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
NorthWestern EnergyBUNDLED12.0488.342,738,415329,599,3363,905,502.52
Flathead Electric CooperativeBUNDLED9.52112.97832,34879,277,00011,994
Mission Valley PowerBUNDLED6.8994.27250,96117,291,370
Yellowstone Valley Electric CooperativeBUNDLED12.38121.3229,54328,413,083
Montana Dakota UtilitiesBUNDLED10.8986.56188,36220,512,000215,468
Vigilante Electric CooperativeBUNDLED7.79117.64187,92514,645,000
Missoula Electric CoopBUNDLED9.91107.93181,99618,037,755
Ravalli ElectricBUNDLED10.04121.52143,279.4414,378,230.77
Park Electric CoopBUNDLED9.29112.785,220.227,916,863.68
Lincoln Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.60132.1280,967.978,580,229.15

Power Plants in Montana

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Colstrip Coal 9,563,5209,962,336,171.561,041.7Yes
Lincoln County Conventional Hydroelectric 2,310,881
Sanders County Conventional Hydroelectric 1,596,460.01
Fort Peck Conventional Hydroelectric 1,105,656.99
Selis Ksanka QlispeEnergy Keepers Inc (100.00%)
Lake County Conventional Hydroelectric 962,819
Hungry Horse CDP Conventional Hydroelectric 925,709
Fort Smith CDP Conventional Hydroelectric 780,391
NaturEner Rim Rock EnergyNaturEner Rim Rock Energy LLC (100.00%)
Toole County Wind 651,953
Thompson Falls Conventional Hydroelectric 480,176
Judith Gap Wind Energy CenterInvenergy (100.00%)
Harlowton Wind 467,093

Quick Facts

The state of Montana generates 9,492,573.35 megawatt hours from hydroelectric plants, which gives them a rank of 7th highest hydroelectric generation in the United States.

While most states try to inhibit the use of non-renewable fuel types, Montana’s use of these fuel sources for electricity production has actually risen by 8.07% during the course of the last 12 months.

Montana has seen an uptick of about 4.36% in the amount of power generated by wind turbines.

Customers in the state of Montana deal with an average of 1.23 electrical outages a year, with outages lasting an average of 201.4 minutes.

Montana is the 6th largest producer of megawatt hours per capita, with a population of 1,068,778 and recent annual megawatt hour production of 23,828,724.77.

Emitting 7,116,606,024.81 kilograms of CO2 emissions during electricity use, Montana is the 41st highest polluting state in the country based on electricity emissions.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Beaverhead County9,45328.44$113.16/mo
Big Horn County13,3197312.20$117.41/mo
Blaine County6,681412.92$112.24/mo
Broadwater County6,237218.88$110.11/mo
Carbon County10,7254112.55$97.75/mo
Carter County1,252515.49$96.35/mo
Cascade County81,3664712.82$102.41/mo
Chouteau County5,635513.79$114.95/mo
Custer County11,4027113.12$131.37/mo
Daniels County1,690211.32$138.41/mo
Dawson County8,6136112.01$108.46/mo
Deer Lodge County9,1402110.85$96.52/mo
Fallon County2,8464113.76$91.93/mo
Fergus County11,050315.31$128.30/mo
Flathead County103,806549.73$114.02/mo
Gallatin County114,434311.64$92.71/mo
Garfield County1,258213.67$127.90/mo
Glacier County13,753410.13$97.16/mo
Golden Valley County8212115.37$128.90/mo
Granite County3,3792111.77$90.81/mo
Hill County16,484313.70$113.24/mo
Jefferson County12,22129.80$103.77/mo
Judith Basin County2,0073213.88$110.98/mo
Lake County30,458417.33$96.47/mo
Lewis and Clark County69,4324511.77$99.35/mo
Liberty County2,3375112.30$106.49/mo
Lincoln County19,9805110.44$115.12/mo
Madison County8,6002111.20$94.08/mo
McCone County1,664612.80$116.02/mo
Meagher County1,8624112.07$94.51/mo
Mineral County4,397211.50$93.31/mo
Missoula County119,60049.94$104.61/mo
Musselshell County4,633314.91$123.94/mo
Park County16,606210.85$98.86/mo
Petroleum County487315.05$129.99/mo
Phillips County3,954411.78$109.96/mo
Pondera County5,911512.65$110.37/mo
Powder River County1,682314.11$155.35/mo
Powell County6,890211.25$95.60/mo
Prairie County1,077512.74$121.40/mo
Ravalli County43,806210.51$113.71/mo
Richland County10,8036210.09$98.31/mo
Roosevelt County11,0046310.37$109.97/mo
Rosebud County8,9377213.25$148.79/mo
Sanders County12,1136210.67$97.18/mo
Sheridan County3,30938.70$112.94/mo
Silver Bow County34,915219.06$108.88/mo
Stillwater County9,6424212.80$103.33/mo
Sweet Grass County3,7374211.42$104.31/mo
Teton County6,1473313.34$112.70/mo
Toole County4,736339.14$90.30/mo
Treasure County696313.36$165.13/mo
Valley County7,3966113.40$143.69/mo
Wheatland County2,1262415.24$127.28/mo
Wibaux County969310.89$86.56/mo
Yellowstone County161,3004412.75$119.35/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

The state of Montana’s primary fuel source consumed for electricity production is Coal. They produce 10,151,850.06 megawatt hours, or 42.60% of the total production in the state, from this fuel. When combined with Conventional Hydroelectric (39.84%) and Wind (12.16%), these three fuels make up 94.60% state's electricity production. Electricity use in the state results in 7,116,606,024.81 kilograms of CO2 emissions. This is the 41st most of any state in the US. Averaging 6,658.64 kilograms of CO2 emissions per capita, the state ranks 12th worst for pollution per capita. Montana is home to 62 electricity generation plants, which is 42nd most in the country and 14th most when counting plants per citizen.

COAL
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
42.60%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
39.84%
WIND
Wind
Wind
12.16%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
2.02%
PETROLEUM COKE
Petroleum Coke
1.83%
OTHER
Other
1.55%

Montana Net Metering

Roughly 70.00% 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 6 companies in Montana that reported energy loss, including NorthWestern Energy, Flathead Electric Cooperative, and Mission Valley Power. Combined, these 6 companies average an annual energy loss of 3.32% of electricity produced. The United States average for energy loss is 2.76%, which earns a rank of 27th best 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 Coal, which makes up 42.60% of the fuel used in the state. In addition, Conventional Hydroelectric makes up 39.84% and Wind accounts for 12.16%.

How much does electricity cost in Montana?

The average price per kilowatt hour of electricity in Montana in 2022 is 11.22 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 30 electricity companies operating in Montana.

What is the average electric bill in Montana?

The average electricity bill in the state of Montana in 2022 is $98 while the national average is $122.

How many power plants are within Montana?

Montana has 62 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?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Mission Valley Power6.8921,901
2City of Troy Utilities7.401,045
3Vigilante Electric Cooperative7.7910,374
4Sheridan Electric Cooperative8.223,715
5Lower Yellowstone Electric REA8.755,093
6Marias River Electric Cooperative9.093,817
7Park Electric Coop9.296,307
8Flathead Electric Cooperative9.5270,404
9Missoula Electric Coop9.9115,656
10Ravalli Electric10.0410,972

Last Reviewed By: Ginalyn Gelera
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-24