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Electricity In Puerto Rico

  • Population3,193,694
  • Total Consumption16,506,381 MWh / 5.17 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions11,478,445,394 kg
  • Total Production18,354,879 MWh / 5.75 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in April.

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.460/kWh$0.153/kWh$112.94/mo.$4.55/mo.
43rd18.32¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Puerto Rico
1st$80.12Average residential monthly electricity bill for Puerto Rico Residents

Energy Profile of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's Electricity Prices and Usage

Puerto Rico's average residential electricity rate in 2021 is 18.32 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 37.44% more than the United States average rate of 13.33 cents. Puerto Rico ranks as the 43rd best priced state in the United States by average electric rate. While there are 1 electricity companies who call Puerto Rico home, the electricity market is regulated and residents often have only one or two electricity provider options determined by their geographic location. The state produces 2.12% of their electricity using renewable fuels, which ranks them 52nd in the US for ratio of renewable fuel sources to non-renewable sources. The use of renewable fuel sources for electricity production has dropped by 2.89% in Puerto Rico within the past year. The state emitted 11,478,445,393.86 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use, making it the 39th highest polluting state in the country based on total CO2 output. Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is the largest supplier in the state based on megawatt hours sold.

Residential Electricity Providers in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority18.2378.286,954,1731,267,715,408No DataIcon representing missing value.11,385,821,637.46

Power Plants in Puerto Rico

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Quick Facts

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During the last 12 months Puerto Rico has experienced a 12.05% decrease in coal usage, going from a previous total of 3,599,732 megawatt hours produced from coal to 3,165,893 megawatt hours.

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CO2 emission amounts from electricity consumption have improved by 3.52% over the course of the most recent year in Puerto Rico.

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Over the course of the past year, Puerto Rico experienced a 3.47% decrease in CO2 emissions per capita.

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Puerto Rico produces the 33rd highest amount of electricity per capita from natural gas, with the fuel type accounting for 0.99 megawatt hours a year per person.

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With 3,165,893 megawatt hours generated using coal, Puerto Rico is 35th in electricity generation using coal as a fuel.

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Puerto Rico is the 31st largest state in the US.

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Adjuntas Municipio17,3631No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Aguada Municipio36,6941No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Aguadilla Municipio50,2651No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Aguas Buenas Municipio24,8141No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Aibonito Municipio22,1081No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Arecibo Municipio81,9661No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Arroyo Municipio17,2381No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Añasco Municipio26,1611No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Barceloneta Municipio23,7271No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Barranquitas Municipio27,7251No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Bayamón Municipio169,2691No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Cabo Rojo Municipio47,5151No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Caguas Municipio124,6061No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Camuy Municipio30,5041No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Canóvanas Municipio44,6741No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Carolina Municipio146,9841No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Cataño Municipio23,1211No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Cayey Municipio42,4091No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Ceiba Municipio10,9041No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Ciales Municipio15,8081No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Cidra Municipio38,3071No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Coamo Municipio38,3361No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Comerío Municipio18,6481No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Corozal Municipio32,2931No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Culebra Municipio1,7141No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Dorado Municipio36,1411No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Fajardo Municipio29,4541No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Florida Municipio11,3171No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Guayama Municipio39,4651No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Guayanilla Municipio17,6231No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Guaynabo Municipio83,7281No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Gurabo Municipio47,0931No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Guánica Municipio15,3831No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Hatillo Municipio39,2181No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Hormigueros Municipio15,5181No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Humacao Municipio50,6531No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Isabela Municipio40,4231No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Jayuya Municipio13,8911No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Juana Díaz Municipio44,6791No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Juncos Municipio38,1551No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Lajas Municipio22,0101No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Lares Municipio24,2761No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Las Marías Municipio7,9271No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Las Piedras Municipio37,0071No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Loíza Municipio24,5531No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Luquillo Municipio17,6651No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Manatí Municipio37,2871No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Maricao Municipio5,4301No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Maunabo Municipio10,3211No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Mayagüez Municipio71,5301No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Moca Municipio34,8911No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Morovis Municipio30,3351No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Naguabo Municipio25,7611No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Naranjito Municipio27,3491No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Orocovis Municipio20,2201No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Patillas Municipio16,2111No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Peñuelas Municipio19,2491No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Ponce Municipio131,8811No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Quebradillas Municipio22,9181No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Rincón Municipio13,6561No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Río Grande Municipio48,0251No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Sabana Grande Municipio21,7121No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Salinas Municipio27,1281No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
San Germán Municipio30,2271No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
San Juan Municipio318,4411No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
San Lorenzo Municipio35,9891No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
San Sebastián Municipio35,5281No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Santa Isabel Municipio21,2091No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Toa Alta Municipio72,0251No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Toa Baja Municipio74,2711No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Trujillo Alto Municipio63,6741No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Utuado Municipio27,3951No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Vega Alta Municipio36,0611No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Vega Baja Municipio50,0231No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Vieques Municipio8,3861No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Villalba Municipio21,3721No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Yabucoa Municipio32,2821No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo
Yauco Municipio33,5751No DataIcon representing missing value.18.23$78.28/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Emissions in Puerto Rico average 3,594.1 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person from electricity use, making them the 37th highest polluting state based on emissions per capita. While not as telling of a statistic (more people almost always equals more pollution), the total pollution of Puerto Rico from electricity consumption is 11,478,445,393.86 kilograms of CO2 emissions, which ranks as the 39th highest in the country. The main fuel source utilized in the state of Puerto Rico is Natural Gas, making up 41.40% of the fuel used in the state for electricity production. Residual Fuel Oil and Coal are the second and third most used fuel sources for electricity generation. Residual Fuel Oil makes up 27.76% of electricity generation and Coal makes up 17.25% of total generation in the state. Puerto Rico has zero power generation plants within its borders. This puts it in a tie for last for total power plants and power plants per resident.

NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
41.40%
RESIDUAL FUEL OIL
Residual Fuel Oil
Residual Fuel Oil
Residual Fuel Oil
27.76%
COAL
Coal
Coal
17.25%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
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11.48%
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Solar
1.27%
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0.85%

Puerto Rico Net Metering

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is the only provider we have covering Puerto Rico. Fortunately for customers they do have net metering practices in place, making personal solar power installs an option. The state has bad net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other types of electricity generation more affordable.

Energy Loss

In Puerto Rico one company reports energy loss, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. They average an annual energy loss of 11.57%. The United States average for energy loss is 2.72%, resulting in a rank of 1st worst in the United States for Puerto Rico in this category.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

State governments can encourage private citizens to install private solar panels by issuing tax breaks and rebates. Puerto Rico currently offers no state tax credit to consumers who install private solar panels at their place of residence. The state offers no rebates to citizens who are purchasing private solar. There are currently no property tax exemptions for citizens in Puerto Rico. There is currently no sales tax exemption for consumers who purchase solar.

State Level Initiatives

Legislation enacted at the state level affects whether customers in a state can afford to install personal solar systems or shop for electric plans that are based on renewable fuel sources. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for electricity providers who do business in the state. These standards require that a certain amount of electricity must be produced using green fuel sources. Unfortunately, the state of Puerto Rico has no standards currently in place. Furthermore, there are currently no low income solar programs to help low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Puerto Rico

Where does Puerto Rico get its electricity?

Natural Gas is the main fuel source used for electricity production in Puerto Rico, making up 41.40% of production. Additionally, Residual Fuel Oil accounts for 27.76% and Coal accounts for 17.25%.

What electricity company is the largest provider in Puerto Rico?

The largest electricity supplier in Puerto Rico by total revenue is Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

What is the average electric bill in Puerto Rico?

The average electricity bill in the state of Puerto Rico in 2021 is $80 while the nationwide average is $120.

What power companies are in Puerto Rico?

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1Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority1,475,400

How much does electricity cost in Puerto Rico?

The average electricity cost paid by residents of Puerto Rico in 2021 is 18.32 cents per kilowatt hour.

Does Puerto Rico have a deregulated electricity market?

Puerto Rico has a regulated electricity market, rather than a deregulated market. This means that consumers in the state normally have only one or two electricity provider choices when it comes time to choose who they purchase electricity from.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Puerto Rico?

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1Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority18.231,475,400

Last Reviewed By: Nick Reese
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-12