Electricity Rates in North Dakota

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Companies & Statistics in North Dakota

  • Population
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  • Total Production
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    42,636,975 MWh / 55.02 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    15,414,046 MWh / 19.89 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    17,247,049 MWh / 22.26 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    9,518,168,053 kg / 12,282.33 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    25,389,927 MWh / 32.76 MWh per capita
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Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in North Dakota

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.131/kWh$0.089/kWh$158.26/mo.$86.62/mo.
5th10.97¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of North Dakota
19th$121.64Average residential monthly electricity bill for North Dakota Residents

North Dakota Electricity Fuel Mix

North Dakota's Electricity Prices and Usage

The average residential electricity rate in North Dakota in 2023 is 10.97 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 30.21% lower than the national average price of 15.72 cents. North Dakota is the 5th lowest priced state in the country based on average electricity rate. The state is home to over 30 electric companies, but citizens are regularly left with only a couple supplier choices due to the fact that North Dakota has a regulated electricity market. The power grid in the state is faced with an average of 0.66 outages per customer a year, with outages lasting about 44.81 minutes. The national average for these two data points are 1.58 outages and 145.81 minutes. North Dakota has seen a 11.13% drop over the course of the last 12 months in the usage of renewable fuels for electricity production. Power generation facilities in the state produce 176.61% more electricity than residents of the state consume, meaning the excess electricity can be stored or exported. The state has the 48th largest population in the nation, with 774,948 citizens living within its borders.

Residential Electricity Providers in North Dakota

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Montana Dakota UtilitiesBUNDLED10.8994.61824,88889,854,0001,325,793.75
Northern States Power CompanyBUNDLED12.3298.51789,77997,333,9781,950,761
Cass County Electric CooperativeBUNDLED11.80129.55650,29676,707,000
Otter Tail Power CompanyBUNDLED10.41118.03619,73464,514,7011,992,034.05
Nodak ElectricBUNDLED11.80186.21385,43245,499,000
Capital Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.50108.47235,10724,694,100
Verendrye Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.23140.12233,76323,921,000
Northern Plains Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.26192.54230,51423,648,000
Mountrail Williams Electric CooperativeBUNDLED7.15101.3208,66614,920,901
Roughrider Electric CooperativeBUNDLED9.96132.11175,62217,496,556

Commercial Electricity Providers in North Dakota

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Otter Tail Power CompanyBUNDLED6.89772.721,840,630126,896,5671,992,034.05
McKenzie Electric CooperativeBUNDLED7.531,582.881,741,413131,109,988
Montana Dakota UtilitiesBUNDLED8.41616.971,279,288107,526,0001,325,793.75
Northern States Power CompanyBUNDLED11.17717.371,029,148114,962,2391,950,761
Cass County Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.50668.82510,36853,567,000
Roughrider Electric CooperativeBUNDLED11.44810.35329,60537,711,909
Burke Divide Electric CooperativeBUNDLED11.871,255.27154,49018,332,000
Verendrye Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.12536.43147,20614,896,000
Capital Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.41452.15139,75214,541,200
North Central Electric Bottineau, NDBUNDLED12.37591.6786,27810,670,192

Power Plants in North Dakota

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
McLean County Coal 7,867,6917,478,298,697.2950.51
Mercer County Coal 5,361,343.016,004,474,107.81,119.96
Oliver County Coal 4,099,6504,796,666,393.921,170.02
Mercer County Coal 3,489,6624,021,421,223.411,152.38
Mercer County Coal 2,630,2033,007,456,932.161,143.43
Aurora Wind ProjectAurora Wind Project, LLC (100.00%)
Williams County Wind 983,808
Emmons-Logan Wind, LLCNextEra Energy (100.00%)
Emmons County Wind 825,972
Burke Wind, LLCBurke Wind LLC (100.00%)
Burke County Wind 785,594
Stutsman County Wind 750,185
Brady II Wind Energy CenterNextEra Energy (100.00%)
Hettinger County Wind 640,088

Quick Facts

North Dakota uses over 15,400,000 megawatt hours for statewide electricity needs, making the state the 40th highest consumer of megawatt hours in the country.

North Dakota ranks 18th highest in hydroelectric power generation, producing 1,921,038.69 megawatt hours each year from hydroelectric facilities.

Residents of North Dakota consume enough electricity to emit 12,282.33 kilograms per person of CO2 gases per year, which is the 2nd highest amount of pollution from electric use for a state in the nation.

Electricity use per person in North Dakota totals 19.89 megawatt hours per year.

With a 0.53% decrease over the previous year, North Dakota's population is currently estimated to be 774,948.

North Dakota produces 22.26 megawatt hours per citizen of the state from renewable fuels. This makes North Dakota the highest state for renewable generation per capita in the nation.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Adams County2,237411.83$119.89/mo
Barnes County10,869411.10$124.27/mo
Benson County6,090510.52$155.76/mo
Billings County83929.96$132.11/mo
Bottineau County6,442610.33$131.81/mo
Bowman County3,024411.83$119.89/mo
Burke County2,177519.20$106.41/mo
Burleigh County97,895510.60$107.03/mo
Cass County182,9925111.51$115.92/mo
Cavalier County3,725310.44$119.51/mo
Dickey County5,0136310.64$137.82/mo
Divide County2,19669.30$134.82/mo
Dunn County4,05459.75$115.32/mo
Eddy County2,378410.59$153.06/mo
Emmons County3,3164111.40$121.42/mo
Foster County3,396310.34$154.88/mo
Golden Valley County1,812511.54$101.14/mo
Grand Forks County73,101511.51$134.23/mo
Grant County2,351412.34$106.22/mo
Griggs County2,242411.06$150.34/mo
Hettinger County2,5024111.83$119.89/mo
Kidder County2,397610.80$127.67/mo
LaMoure County4,173610.67$136.15/mo
Logan County1,814610.88$123.80/mo
McHenry County5,4206110.88$125.02/mo
McIntosh County2,568511.13$125.45/mo
McKenzie County13,76259.16$117.32/mo
McLean County9,7886111.47$140.73/mo
Mercer County8,4055310.43$113.35/mo
Morton County32,9164512.34$106.22/mo
Mountrail County9,71779.48$104.88/mo
Nelson County3,035311.11$152.08/mo
Oliver County1,8504110.43$113.35/mo
Pembina County6,912311.10$151.92/mo
Pierce County4,038510.31$154.15/mo
Ramsey County11,638510.95$147.20/mo
Ransom County5,679410.91$133.45/mo
Renville County2,328810.33$124.25/mo
Richland County16,546511.67$134.01/mo
Rolette County12,508410.14$153.12/mo
Sargent County3,839410.51$156.32/mo
Sheridan County1,328510.35$130.17/mo
Sioux County3,993412.34$106.22/mo
Slope County775511.85$119.42/mo
Stark County32,710410.43$113.36/mo
Steele County1,870411.10$152.06/mo
Stutsman County21,6784210.36$154.50/mo
Towner County2,190310.34$154.39/mo
Traill County8,008611.52$134.13/mo
Walsh County10,631411.11$152.04/mo
Ward County69,686910.66$111.46/mo
Wells County4,031410.33$153.82/mo
Williams County38,460628.99$99.83/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

In North Dakota, Coal makes up 55.36% of the fuel sources utilized for electricity generation. Totaling Coal with Wind (35.94%) and Conventional Hydroelectric (4.51%), these three fuel types make up 40,848,093.79 megawatt hours (or 95.80%) state electricity production. The state has the 33rd highest amount of total CO2 emissions from electricity consumption of all of the states in the United States, with the electricity usage in the state being accountable for 9,518,168,053.08 kilograms of CO2 pollution each year. More telling of the state's pollution reality is the per person CO2 releases. Currently that amount stands at 12,282.33 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption, which results in the state ranking as the 2nd highest state in the country for CO2 emissions released per capita. North Dakota has 22 electricity generation plants within the state. This is the 40th highest number of plants within a single state and the 3rd highest number of power plants per capita in a state.

Conventional Hydroelectric
Natural Gas
Distillate Fuel Oil

North Dakota Net Metering

Out of the 33 providers in North Dakota, 8 of them offer net metering to their customers. Regulations put in place at the state level are heavily restricted for consumers interested in installing solar or other alternative electricity generation sources.

Energy Loss

There are 14 companies in North Dakota that reported energy loss. Combined, these 14 electricity providers average a yearly energy loss of 1.31% of electricity generated. The countrywide average for energy loss is 2.45%, which earns a rank of 5th best in the country for North Dakota in this category.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

Motivating private citizens to install solar panels can sometimes be a challenge due to prohibitive installation costs. Governments can help the cause by passing legislation for tax breaks and rebates for those who purchase solar panels. North Dakota currently offers no state tax credit to consumers who install solar at their place of residence. There are currently no state sponsored rebates available to consumers who are purchasing solar. North Dakota offers residents a 100% tax exemption that lasts less than 10 years. The state does not offer a sales tax exemption for the install of private solar panels, leaving citizens left empty handed for this one.

State Level Initiatives

Statewide legislation has a big role in determining whether a state is friendly towards customers searching for renewable energy sources. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for electricity suppliers who do business in the state. These standards dictate that a percentage of electricity must be generated from renewable energy. North Dakota, unfortunately, has no standards in place. Also, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that assist with the installation of solar panels at low income households.

FAQ: Common Questions About Electricity in North Dakota

What electricity company is the largest supplier in North Dakota?

The largest electricity company in North Dakota by total customer count is Northern States Power Company.

What is the average electric bill in North Dakota?

The North Dakota average electricity bill is $122 so far in 2023.

Where does North Dakota get its electricity?

Coal is the primary fuel used for electricity generation in North Dakota, accounting for 55.36% of generation. Wind and Conventional Hydroelectric also make up 35.94% and 4.51% respectively.

What is a good electricity rate in North Dakota?

Anything below the North Dakota average of 10.97 cents per kilowatt hour is a good electricity rate. The rates in the state range from 6.23 cents to 15.18 cents per kilowatt hour, with Northwood, North Dakota Electric Utility currently having the lowest rates.

Does North Dakota have a deregulated electricity market?

No, North Dakota has a regulated electricity market where consumers often have only a single supplier choice for their electricity needs.

How many electric companies offer service in North Dakota?

There are 33 electricity providers serving consumers in North Dakota.

How many power plants are within North Dakota?

There are 22 power plants in North Dakota.

What is the cheapest electricity company in North Dakota?

Matt Hope
Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2022-09-24