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Electricity In North Dakota

  • Population762,062
  • Total Consumption21,859,416 MWh / 28.68 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions14,027,159,158 kg
  • Total Production42,171,325 MWh / 55.34 MWh per capita

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in North Dakota

North Dakota residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in May.

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.124/kWh$0.089/kWh$149.07/mo.$86.62/mo.
5th10.66¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of North Dakota
20th$111.43Average residential monthly electricity bill for North Dakota Residents

Energy Profile of North Dakota

North Dakota's Electricity Prices and Usage

Customers in North Dakota enjoy a lower electricity rate than many people around the United States, with an average state electric rate of 10.66 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the nationwide average rate of 13.33 cents. When shopping for electricity, many residents are faced with only one or two options when choosing their supplier due to the regulated electricity market that exists in the state. The state is ranked as the 40th largest electricity consuming state as 21,859,416 megawatt hours are consumed by citizens living there. McKenzie Electric Cooperative sells 4,739,038 megawatt hours in the state per year, more than all other electricity providers. Rising 8.29% over the course of the previous 12 months, renewable fuel types continually make up a bigger amount of the fuel types used for electricity production in North Dakota. The state is home to 762,062 residents, which is the 48th largest population for a state in the nation.

Electricity Providers in North Dakota

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Northern States Power Company11.1787.96769,20085,906,0181,995,9481,490,297,200.56
Montana Dakota Utilities 10.3282.74758,72678,329,0001,753,843.252,823,047,062.49
Cass County Electric Cooperative11.84125.62591,03269,994,000No DataIcon representing missing value.807,151,103.22
Otter Tail Power Company9.97107587,66758,617,6981,544,002.352,166,224,184.54
Nodak Electric11.93182.37365,52643,620,000No DataIcon representing missing value.700,109,340.56
Capital Electric Cooperative10.21105.31227,79823,267,500No DataIcon representing missing value.238,901,864.81
Northern Plains Electric Cooperative10.43185.76216,50622,574,000No DataIcon representing missing value.268,509,843.52
Verendrye Electric Cooperative10.49131.32211,93022,231,000No DataIcon representing missing value.358,888,615.64
Mountrail Williams Electric Cooperative6.4778.54183,51611,876,922No DataIcon representing missing value.2,309,839,443.65
Roughrider Electric Cooperative10.25123.09157,83016,170,848No DataIcon representing missing value.457,781,446.31

Power Plants in North Dakota

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Coal CreekGreat River Energy (100.00%)
Coal 8,741,870.018,294,519,082.4948.83Yes10/2022
Antelope ValleyBasin Electric Power Cooperative (100.00%)
Coal 5,117,765.995,587,660,090.851,091.82YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Milton R YoungMinnkota Power Cooperative (37.16%)
Coal 4,519,158.015,055,619,133.761,118.71YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Leland OldsBasin Electric Power Cooperative (100.00%)
Coal 2,944,517.023,364,658,132.511,142.69YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
GarrisonUSACE-Omaha (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 2,450,395.01151,098,249.0161.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
CoyoteOtter Tail Power Company (35.00%)Minnkota Power Cooperative (30.00%)Montana Dakota Utilities (25.00%)NorthWestern Energy (10.00%)
Coal 2,406,8812,742,897,373.581,139.61No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Emmons-Logan Wind, LLCEmmons-Logan Wind, LLC (100.00%)
Wind 865,69924,621,510.7528.44No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Bison 4 Wind Energy CenterMinnesota Power (100.00%)
Wind 805,99722,779,185.0728.26No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Lonesome Creek StationBasin Electric Power Cooperative (100.00%)
Natural Gas 784,053417,049,477.6531.91No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Courtenay Wind FarmNorthern States Power Company (100.00%)
Wind 695,54219,802,186.8928.47No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Wind turbines produce 18.28 megawatt hours per year per person for North Dakota citizens, which is highest in the United States.

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CO2 equivalent emissions from electricity use have improved by -1,107,607,748.42 kilograms (3.93%) over the course of the preceding 12 months in North Dakota.

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North Dakota is the 34th worst polluting state in the nation based on electricity related pollution, emitting 14,027,159,158.43 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases.

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There was a 14.25% rise in electricity produced by wind turbines in North Dakota in the previous 12 months from 12,195,108.44 megawatt hours to 13,932,620.33 megawatt hours.

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Electricity use per capita in North Dakota totals 28.68 megawatt hours per year.

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The burning of coal in the generation of electricity decreased in North Dakota within the previous year, with a decreased usage of roughly 3.57% taking place.

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Adams County2,21611 providers111.19$119.15/mo
Barnes County10,41515 providers39.76$113.45/mo
Benson County6,83212 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.61$151.07/mo
Billings County9289 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.43$112.72/mo
Bottineau County6,28213 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.03$120.93/mo
Bowman County3,0249 providers110.57$114.49/mo
Burke County2,11513 providers18.84$105.20/mo
Burleigh County95,62613 providers311.04$112.32/mo
Cass County181,92321 providers110.96$108.31/mo
Cavalier County3,7628 providers310.25$126.19/mo
Dickey County4,87213 providers310.61$127.54/mo
Divide County2,2649 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.8.41$108.54/mo
Dunn County4,42416 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.9.76$115.11/mo
Eddy County2,2877 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.49$153.21/mo
Emmons County3,24112 providers111.47$118.65/mo
Foster County3,2106 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.45$151.98/mo
Golden Valley County1,7619 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.00$112.79/mo
Grand Forks County69,45119 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.9.78$127.04/mo
Grant County2,27411 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.79$119.70/mo
Griggs County2,23114 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.9.94$140.69/mo
Hettinger County2,4999 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.93$118.93/mo
Kidder County2,48010 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.72$131.67/mo
LaMoure County4,0468 providers110.30$123.50/mo
Logan County1,8508 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.89$133.29/mo
McHenry County5,74515 providers210.40$121.30/mo
McIntosh County2,4979 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.86$131.39/mo
McKenzie County15,02414 providers18.68$113.71/mo
McLean County9,45019 providers110.15$108.25/mo
Mercer County8,18713 providers311.01$111.25/mo
Morton County31,36411 providers1011.20$118.24/mo
Mountrail County10,54517 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.9.26$109.11/mo
Nelson County2,87913 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.01$145.27/mo
Oliver County1,95913 providers311.10$115.38/mo
Pembina County6,8018 providers210.26$125.71/mo
Pierce County3,97512 providers110.37$137.43/mo
Ramsey County11,5199 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.72$157.03/mo
Ransom County5,21812 providers110.72$131.67/mo
Renville County2,32712 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.9.55$113.64/mo
Richland County16,17715 providers111.07$143.71/mo
Rolette County14,17612 providers110.12$145.99/mo
Sargent County3,89814 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.84$138.96/mo
Sheridan County1,31515 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.38$122.37/mo
Sioux County4,23011 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.00$122.47/mo
Slope County75010 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.51$115.13/mo
Stark County31,4899 providers210.60$116.25/mo
Steele County1,89014 providers29.65$134.14/mo
Stutsman County20,70411 providers310.08$139.25/mo
Towner County2,1897 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.44$151.29/mo
Traill County8,03616 providers210.01$132.89/mo
Walsh County10,64116 providers110.88$130.53/mo
Ward County67,64115 providers29.73$98.99/mo
Wells County3,83413 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.39$145.34/mo
Williams County37,58910 providers58.38$114.03/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

At 34th highest in the nation, North Dakota releases 14,027,159,158.43 kilograms of CO2 & CO2 equivalent gases from electricity production. More telling of the state’s emissions reality is the per citizen CO2 releases. That amount stands at 18,406.85 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases, which ranks them 2nd highest state in the United States for CO2 emissions per capita. The top fuel consumed in North Dakota is Coal, making up 57.58% of the fuel used in the state for electricity generation. Wind and Conventional Hydroelectric have the second and third highest total usage, respectively, for electricity generation. Wind makes up 13,932,620.33 megawatt hours (33.04%) of electricity production and Conventional Hydroelectric accounts for 2,415,708.22 megawatt hours (5.73%) of total production in the state. North Dakota has 60 power generation plants within the state. This is the 43rd highest number of plants within a state and the 6th highest number of power plants per citizen in a state.

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Conventional Hydroelectric
Natural Gas
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Net Metering

About 15.15% of the electric companies in North Dakota offer net metering to their customers. At the state level, North Dakota is known for highly restricted net metering and feed in tariff legislation.

Energy Loss

North Dakota has 25 companies who are reporting energy loss. The average energy loss for these 25 companies is 2.15%. The US average is 2.72%, resulting in North Dakota receiving a rank of 46th worst in the country for energy loss efficiency.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

States that want to foster personal solar can accomplish this by enacting solar related tax and rebate incentives. North Dakota, unfortunately, has no statewide tax credits offered to residents who purchase solar. The state offers no rebates to consumers who are installing solar panels. North Dakota offers consumers a 100% tax exemption that lasts less than 10 years. Residents in the state do not have access to a sales tax exemption when purchasing solar.

State Level Initiatives

Customers searching for electricity plans that generated by renewable fuel types will benefit from state level legislation that encourage green energy usage. Many states require renewable fuel types to be a portion of the fuel used for electricity production by providers in the state. These requirements are called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). The state of North Dakota does not currently have any standards established that suppliers must follow. Also, there are currently no low income solar programs to help low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in North Dakota

What is the average electric bill in North Dakota?

The North Dakota average electricity bill is $111 so far in 2021, and the United States average is $120.

Where does North Dakota get its electricity?

Fuel types used for electricity production in North Dakota include Coal (57.58%), Wind (33.04%) and solar (5.73%).