Electricity In North Dakota

  • Population762,062
  • Total Consumption22,659,849 MWh / 29.73 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption14,257,407,574 kg
  • Total Production42,384,936 MWh / 55.62 MWh per capita
Coverage Map Placeholder

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 Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.128/kWh$0.089/kWh$149.07/mo.$86.62/mo.
5th10.80¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of North Dakota
20th$112.57Average 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 residential electricity rate than many people around the United States, with an average state electric rate of 10.80 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the nationwide average rate of 13.62 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 22,659,849 megawatt hours are consumed by citizens living there. McKenzie Electric Cooperative sells 5,088,153 megawatt hours in the state per year, more than all other electricity providers. Rising 4.82% 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.

Residential Electricity Providers in North Dakota

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Montana Dakota UtilitiesBUNDLED10.3084.01771,84679,529,0001,785,000
Northern States Power CompanyBUNDLED11.8493.19770,14591,166,6852,035,217
Cass County Electric CooperativeBUNDLED11.88125.61596,95470,936,000
Otter Tail Power CompanyBUNDLED10.15108.09582,79459,160,0631,757,949.2
Nodak ElectricBUNDLED12.03176.78352,95442,454,000
Capital Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.53109.04230,87624,313,500
Verendrye Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.55129.43208,20721,969,000
Northern Plains Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.62176.46202,47121,493,000
Mountrail Williams Electric CooperativeBUNDLED6.6077.32177,68011,734,101
Roughrider Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.31121.9155,79616,066,739

Power Plants in North Dakota

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
McLean County Coal 9,004,1038,549,135,936.88949.47Yes10/2022
Mercer County Coal 5,085,096.995,531,814,450.831,087.85Yes
Oliver County Coal 4,434,3514,981,447,762.421,123.38Yes
Mercer County Coal 2,926,6593,357,750,139.781,147.3Yes
McLean County Conventional Hydroelectric 2,450,395.01
Mercer County Coal 2,425,6922,758,526,597.561,137.21
Bison 4 Wind Energy CenterMinnesota Power (100.00%)
Morton County Wind 805,997
Emmons-Logan Wind, LLCNextEra Energy (100.00%)
Emmons County Wind 797,699
McKenzie County Natural Gas 784,053417,049,477.6531.91
Stutsman County Wind 722,816

Quick Facts

Wind turbines produce 18.7 megawatt hours per year per person for North Dakota citizens, which is highest in the United States.

CO2 pollution totals due to electricity consumption have improved by 3.42% over the course of the preceding year in North Dakota.

The average North Dakota resident uses 29.73 megawatt hours of electricity each year, which ranks the state as the highest state for electricity consumption per person.

With 24,485,333.87 megawatt hours of electricity generated from coal, North Dakota is 14th in the country for total megawatt hours produced from coal.

With 762,062 citizens living within the state and 42,384,935.92 megawatt hours produced a year, North Dakota had a megawatt hour per capita production of 55.62 megawatt hours. This is the 2nd largest megawatt hour per capita amount in the nation.

The burning of non-renewable fuel sources in electricity generation in North Dakota has been curtailed by 2.91% during the course of the previous 12 months.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Adams County2,2165110.95$114.33/mo
Barnes County10,415439.82$104.61/mo
Benson County6,832610.51$142.31/mo
Billings County928310.31$121.90/mo
Bottineau County6,282610.15$121.09/mo
Bowman County3,0245110.95$114.33/mo
Burke County2,115518.34$97.36/mo
Burleigh County95,6266310.33$100.37/mo
Cass County181,9235111.29$108.96/mo
Cavalier County3,7622310.15$108.09/mo
Dickey County4,8727210.52$126.18/mo
Divide County2,26468.69$151.74/mo
Dunn County4,42469.67$105.02/mo
Eddy County2,287510.65$142.34/mo
Emmons County3,2415111.40$120.05/mo
Foster County3,210510.40$142.28/mo
Golden Valley County1,761611.69$89.33/mo
Grand Forks County69,451710.08$123.92/mo
Grant County2,274512.24$112.14/mo
Griggs County2,231511.08$142.43/mo
Hettinger County2,4994110.95$114.33/mo
Kidder County2,480710.67$119.46/mo
LaMoure County4,0467110.54$124.28/mo
Logan County1,850610.76$120.96/mo
McHenry County5,7457210.78$115.26/mo
McIntosh County2,4975111.04$128.12/mo
McKenzie County15,024619.00$112.95/mo
McLean County9,4506210.56$97.49/mo
Mercer County8,1876311.12$109.49/mo
Morton County31,3645912.24$112.14/mo
Mountrail County10,54568.79$100.04/mo
Nelson County2,879410.19$137.85/mo
Oliver County1,9595310.31$102.95/mo
Pembina County6,8013210.06$121.83/mo
Pierce County3,9755110.36$142.16/mo
Ramsey County11,519611.00$140.59/mo
Ransom County5,2185110.88$127.62/mo
Renville County2,327710.11$115.01/mo
Richland County16,1775111.67$125.86/mo
Rolette County14,1764110.18$141.43/mo
Sargent County3,898510.63$146.84/mo
Sheridan County1,315510.36$121.58/mo
Sioux County4,230412.24$112.14/mo
Slope County750510.95$114.32/mo
Stark County31,4895210.31$102.95/mo
Steele County1,890529.92$130.30/mo
Stutsman County20,7045310.43$143.42/mo
Towner County2,189510.42$142.27/mo
Traill County8,0367210.36$131.08/mo
Walsh County10,6413111.23$143.51/mo
Ward County67,6411029.83$98.44/mo
Wells County3,834510.38$141.69/mo
Williams County37,589858.69$145.66/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

North Dakota is the 34th highest ranked state when it comes to total CO2 pollution, with the state consuming enough electricity to account for 14,257,407,574.36 kilograms of CO2 emissions per year. Averaging 18,708.99 kilograms of CO2 emissions per resident, the state ranks 2nd highest for emissions per capita from electricity consumption. About 57.77% of electricity in the state of North Dakota comes from generation using Coal. Adding Coal totals to Wind (33.63%) and Conventional Hydroelectric (4.95%), these three fuel types make up 40,835,112.14 megawatt hours (or 96.34%) of the state's electricity production. North Dakota has the 43rd most power plants of any state in the US, with 60 power plants. This equates to the 6th most power plants per resident in the United States.

Conventional Hydroelectric
Natural Gas
Other Gas

North Dakota Net Metering

About 24.24% 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 14 companies who are reporting energy loss. The average energy loss for these 14 companies is 2.13%. The US average is 2.76%, resulting in North Dakota receiving a rank of 41st best 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

How much does electricity cost in North Dakota?

The average rate per kilowatt hour of electricity is 10.80 cents in North Dakota in 2022.

Does North Dakota have a deregulated electricity market?

North Dakota has a regulated electricity market, rather than a deregulated market. This means that consumers in the state usually have only one or two electricity provider options to choose from due to state legislation.

Where does North Dakota get its electricity?

The main fuel used for electricity production in North Dakota is Coal, making up 57.77% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuels are Wind and Conventional Hydroelectric, which make up 33.63% and 4.95% of total generation respectively.

How many power plants are located in North Dakota?

There are 60 power plants in North Dakota

What electricity company is the largest provider in North Dakota?

By total customer count, Northern States Power Company is the largest electricity provider in North Dakota.

What is the average electric bill in North Dakota?

The average electricity bill in North Dakota in 2022 is $113 while the nationwide average is $122.

How many electric companies offer service in North Dakota?

North Dakota has 33 electricity suppliers serving customers in the area.

What is the cheapest electricity company in North Dakota?

Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-13