Electricity in Montana

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Montana

  • Population
    see rank
    1,084,225
  • Total Production
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    24,466,638 MWh / 22.57 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    15,107,107 MWh / 13.93 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    12,662,714 MWh / 11.68 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    7,315,639,990 kg / 6,747.34 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    11,803,925 MWh / 10.89 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 Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.121/kWh$0.104/kWh$141.76/mo.$72.60/mo.
9th11.19¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Montana
6th$98.57Average residential monthly electricity bill for Montana Residents

Energy Profile of Montana

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 11.19 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the nationwide average price of 13.99 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 7,315,639,989.66 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity use in the state, which is enough to make Montana the 42nd highest polluting state in the US based on total kilograms emitted. Residents in the state consume, on average, 13.93 megawatt hours of electricity each, making Montana the 19th highest ranked state based on electricity consumption per capita. Customers in the state are faced with 1.23 power outages on average, with outages lasting an average of 201.4 minutes. The national averages for these data points are 1.21 outages and 122.99 minutes. Approximately 51.76% 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 EnergyBUNDLED12.0588.242,751,629331,489,0303,960,649.96
Flathead Electric CooperativeBUNDLED9.51113.95850,84480,892,00011,994
Mission Valley PowerBUNDLED6.9093.77251,18917,327,570
Yellowstone Valley Electric CooperativeBUNDLED12.38120.48230,96328,587,861
Montana Dakota UtilitiesBUNDLED11.0588.14188,98720,880,000165,456
Vigilante Electric CooperativeBUNDLED7.79117.64187,92514,645,000
Missoula Electric CoopBUNDLED9.91108.34184,52118,277,542
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 10,010,33210,402,443,379.641,039.17Yes
NaturEner Rim Rock EnergyNaturEner Rim Rock Energy LLC (100.00%)
Toole County Wind 644,950
Judith Gap Wind Energy CenterInvenergy (100.00%)
Wheatland County Wind 460,098
Yellowstone Energy LPYellowstone Energy LP (100.00%)
Lockwood CDP Petroleum Coke 454,274487,755,602.51,073.7
South Peak WindGreat American West Wind, LLC (100.00%)
Judith Basin County Wind 293,533
NaturEner Glacier Wind Energy 2NaturEner Glacier Wind Energy 2 LLC (100.00%)
Toole County Wind 283,544
NaturEner Glacier Wind Energy 1NaturEner Glacier Wind Energy 1 LLC (100.00%)
Toole County Wind 266,107
Dave Gates Generating StationNorthWestern Energy DGGS (100.00%)
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Natural Gas 263,656172,708,636.31655.05
Stillwater Wind, LLCPattern Operators LP (100.00%)
Stillwater County Wind 260,107
OREG 1 IncOrmat Nevada Inc (100.00%)
Roosevelt County Waste Heat 156,298

Quick Facts

Montana generates 2,822,409.02 megawatts from wind turbines. That is sufficient to rank it 21st in the United States for wind energy electricity generation.

Montana produces 11.68 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.

Montana is the 45th largest state by population in the US, with 1,084,225 citizens .

Wind produces 2,822,409.02 megawatt hours of electricity in Montana. This equals roughly 2.6 megawatt hours per person in Montana being produced from wind power, giving the state a rank of 10th highest in the United States in that category.

Montana has seen a 24.50% increase in the burning of non-renewable fuel types for electricity production within the last 12 months.

Montana is 5th in the country for megawatt hours per capita generated from coal, averaging 9.74 megawatt hours per person each year.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Beaverhead County9,37129.92$102.93/mo
Big Horn County13,1246112.15$105.81/mo
Blaine County7,044312.52$101.46/mo
Broadwater County6,77429.92$102.94/mo
Carbon County10,473312.44$95.42/mo
Carter County1,415415.65$96.32/mo
Cascade County84,4143112.81$100.14/mo
Chouteau County5,895413.16$104.18/mo
Custer County11,867713.00$124.75/mo
Daniels County1,661311.58$127.37/mo
Dawson County8,940612.29$103.99/mo
Deer Lodge County9,421219.92$102.94/mo
Fallon County3,049413.91$90.40/mo
Fergus County11,446313.77$109.33/mo
Flathead County104,3574110.75$103.10/mo
Gallatin County118,960410.99$96.99/mo
Garfield County1,173213.18$115.82/mo
Glacier County13,778311.06$92.98/mo
Golden Valley County8232113.79$109.59/mo
Granite County3,309311.75$91.16/mo
Hill County16,309213.02$102.90/mo
Jefferson County12,08529.92$102.94/mo
Judith Basin County2,0232113.79$109.58/mo
Lake County31,13449.92$92.25/mo
Lewis and Clark County70,9732210.87$96.39/mo
Liberty County1,959312.20$98.28/mo
Lincoln County19,677510.82$112.22/mo
Madison County8,623210.39$99.68/mo
McCone County1,729612.68$110.72/mo
Meagher County1,927410.51$106.16/mo
Mineral County4,535311.33$101.43/mo
Missoula County117,922310.87$97.41/mo
Musselshell County4,730313.80$110.10/mo
Park County17,191310.90$99.39/mo
Petroleum County496313.96$114.61/mo
Phillips County4,217311.93$100.44/mo
Pondera County5,898412.05$95.72/mo
Powder River County1,694413.69$140.65/mo
Powell County6,946211.52$93.20/mo
Prairie County1,088412.80$122.01/mo
Ravalli County44,174411.31$100.86/mo
Richland County11,4915210.10$99.15/mo
Roosevelt County10,7947210.66$109.11/mo
Rosebud County8,3296112.73$122.13/mo
Sanders County12,400611.23$95.54/mo
Sheridan County3,53948.73$113.22/mo
Silver Bow County35,133219.92$102.94/mo
Stillwater County8,9635112.76$101.12/mo
Sweet Grass County3,6784211.79$105.10/mo
Teton County6,226212.76$101.68/mo
Toole County4,9713310.58$89.13/mo
Treasure County762312.73$126.67/mo
Valley County7,578512.77$117.58/mo
Wheatland County2,0693113.71$109.65/mo
Wibaux County937412.61$74.91/mo
Yellowstone County164,7313112.76$107.68/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Montana is the 42nd worst ranked state when it comes to total CO2 pollution, with the state consuming enough electricity to account for 7,315,639,989.66 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 6,747.34 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 10,564,151.71 megawatt hours (or 43.18%) of the fuel types used for electricity generation in the state. Adding Coal totals to Conventional Hydroelectric (39.95%) and Wind (11.54%), these three fuels make up 94.66% of the state electricity generation. Montana has 22 electricity producing plants, which is the 38th most in the country and 7th highest when counting power plants per person.

COAL
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
43.18%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
39.95%
WIND
Wind
Wind
11.54%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
2.02%
PETROLEUM COKE
Petroleum Coke
1.81%
OTHER
Other
1.51%

Montana Net Metering

Montana has 21 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 3.32%. This includes data from 6 companies, including NorthWestern Energy, Flathead Electric Cooperative, and Mission Valley Power. The United States average for energy loss is 2.76%, 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 Energy in Montana

What is a good electricity rate in Montana?

The average electricity price paid by customers in Montana in 2022 is 11.19 cents per kilowatt hour.

Where does Montana get its electricity?

Montana's electricity is produced using primarily Coal, which makes up 43.18% of the fuel used in the state. Conventional Hydroelectric and Wind also account for 39.95% and 11.54% 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 22 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 2022 is $99 while the national average is $124.

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
1Mission Valley Power6.9022,053
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 Cooperative9.5171,177
9Missoula Electric Coop9.9115,800
10Ravalli Electric10.0410,972

Last Reviewed By: Ginalyn Gelera
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-02