Electricity Rates in South Dakota

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Companies & Statistics in South Dakota

  • Population
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  • Total Production
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    19,079,963 MWh / 21.52 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    13,265,758 MWh / 14.96 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    16,162,673 MWh / 18.23 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    1,686,271,393 kg / 1,901.81 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    2,917,290 MWh / 3.29 MWh per capita
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Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in South Dakota

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.133/kWh$0.104/kWh$158.77/mo.$94.62/mo.
15th12.15¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of South Dakota
26th$125.87Average residential monthly electricity bill for South Dakota Residents

South Dakota Electricity Fuel Mix

South Dakota's Electricity Prices and Usage

Citizens of South Dakota enjoy a lower residential electricity rate than many people around the United States, with an average state electricity rate of 12.15 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the nationwide average of 14.46 cents. South Dakota ranks as the 15th best priced state in the country based on average electric rate. When shopping for electricity, many customers are faced with only one or two options when choosing their electricity company due to the regulated electricity market that exists in the state. The average monthly residential electric bill for a consumer in South Dakota is $125.87 per month, while the national average is $129.86. As the 47th worst polluting state based on emissions per person from electricity consumption, South Dakota customers create emissions of 1,901.81 kilograms of CO2 gases each. There are over 1,686,271,393.41 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity use in the state, which is enough to make South Dakota the 52nd highest polluting state in the United States based on total kilograms emitted. Roughly 84.71% of the states' electricity is generated from sustainable fuel types, ranking them as the 14th highest state for total sustainable electricity generation.

Residential Electricity Providers in South Dakota

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Northern States Power CompanyBUNDLED13.14103.75822,032107,987,591988,451
Black Hills EnergyBUNDLED13.90108.65549,96476,426,82445,515
Sioux Valley EnergyBUNDLED12.07158.28328,63439,666,269
Southeastern Electric CoopBUNDLED11.37139.13265,04330,139,286
West River Electric AssociationBUNDLED12.63119.42190,19024,024,046
Northern Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.09226.04146,28814,759,644
Watertown UtilitiesBUNDLED9.0985.63123,89411,259,000
Black Hills Electric CooperativeBUNDLED14.22162.54119,83117,041,079
Central Electric Coop SDBUNDLED12.21188.62118,88814,519,949
Brookings Municipal UtilitiesBUNDLED10.9094.69103,95711,336,000

Commercial Electricity Providers in South Dakota

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Northern States Power CompanyBUNDLED10.74689.3994,156106,781,020988,451
Black Hills EnergyBUNDLED12.83609.08769,66098,732,13745,515
Southeastern Electric CoopBUNDLED9.22570.38185,15217,071,488
Watertown UtilitiesBUNDLED8.22347.84127,67710,492,000
West River Electric AssociationBUNDLED11.80464.8597,51411,502,183
City of Sioux Falls UtilitiesBUNDLED9.41658.0380,600.127,580,554.72
West Central Electric Cooperative (South Dakota)BUNDLED11.85483.0862,317.997,385,289.59
Northern Electric CooperativeBUNDLED9.33473.2353,5024,990,233
Dakota Energy CoopBUNDLED9.871,253.8745,5734,498,900
Sioux Valley EnergyBUNDLED14.45240.8945,5306,577,114

Power Plants in South Dakota

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Hughes County Conventional Hydroelectric 2,409,539
Big StoneOtter Tail Power Company (53.90%)NorthWestern Energy (23.40%)Montana-Dakota Utilities Co (22.70%)
Grant County Coal 1,787,572.991,786,430,706.22999.36
Charles Mix County Conventional Hydroelectric 1,682,083.02
Deuel Harvest Wind Energy LLC
Deuel County Wind 1,170,319
Triple H Wind ProjectTriple H Wind Project, LLC (100.00%)
Hyde County Wind 1,080,645
Yankton County Wind 921,462
Lyman County Conventional Hydroelectric 887,779
Crocker Wind FarmCrocker Wind Farm, LLC (100.00%)
Clark County Wind 856,685
Crowned Ridge Wind II Energy CenterNorthern States Power Company (100.00%)
Codington County Wind 855,048
Crowned Ridge Wind Energy CenterCattle Ridge Wind Holdings, LLC (100.00%)
Grant County Wind 707,546

Quick Facts

During the course of the last 12 months, there has been a 2.20% decrease in the use of non-renewable fuel sources for electricity production in South Dakota.

There was a 30.62% rise in power generated by wind in South Dakota over the previous year from 7,887,833.56 megawatt hours to 10,303,362.5 megawatt hours.

South Dakota is the 10th highest generator of megawatt hours per capita, with a population of 886,667 and recent annual megawatt hour production of 19,079,963.01.

South Dakota is the 49th highest producing state of solar energy.

South Dakota had a 29.04% increase over the last year in the use of renewable fuel types for electricity generation.

South Dakota produces 1,784,780 megawatt hours from coal per year. That is 2.01 megawatt hours per person in the state and makes South Dakota the 26th highest ranked state for electricity production from coal per capita.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Aurora County2,7473212.99$166.89/mo
Beadle County19,1492114.48$225.06/mo
Bennett County3,381111.23$112.33/mo
Bon Homme County7,0033111.21$158.82/mo
Brookings County34,3757411.92$165.16/mo
Brown County38,3015210.19$219.92/mo
Brule County5,2473212.98$166.64/mo
Buffalo County1,948313.06$169.80/mo
Butte County10,2433114.22$157.83/mo
Campbell County1,3773111.99$189.90/mo
Charles Mix County9,3733114.16$176.11/mo
Clark County3,837239.59$207.62/mo
Clay County14,9673111.37$152.58/mo
Codington County28,325329.53$202.44/mo
Corson County3,902213.37$109.35/mo
Custer County8,318214.17$154.65/mo
Davison County19,956312.90$163.14/mo
Day County5,4494111.47$173.64/mo
Deuel County4,2952310.21$311.20/mo
Dewey County5,239113.37$109.35/mo
Douglas County2,835212.51$252.47/mo
Edmunds County3,986512.31$212.64/mo
Fall River County6,973314.19$151.18/mo
Faulk County2,1255112.09$207.78/mo
Grant County7,5564412.06$192.28/mo
Gregory County3,99429.85$113.20/mo
Haakon County1,872113.76$145.27/mo
Hamlin County6,164610.22$304.17/mo
Hand County3,145314.59$229.90/mo
Hanson County3,461413.04$145.43/mo
Harding County1,311214.62$183.13/mo
Hughes County17,765328.84$184.75/mo
Hutchinson County7,427412.28$120.11/mo
Hyde County1,2622214.57$229.01/mo
Jackson County2,806312.41$126.73/mo
Jerauld County1,6634112.97$166.13/mo
Jones County917113.76$145.27/mo
Kingsbury County5,1877113.31$211.21/mo
Lake County11,059612.58$129.95/mo
Lawrence County25,7683114.02$133.81/mo
Lincoln County65,1613112.31$120.39/mo
Lyman County3,7182113.26$141.18/mo
Marshall County4,306511.64$172.30/mo
McCook County5,682312.31$120.34/mo
McPherson County2,411312.32$213.66/mo
Meade County29,852513.51$145.91/mo
Mellette County1,918310.53$110.81/mo
Miner County2,298513.03$144.89/mo
Minnehaha County197,214412.68$127.05/mo
Moody County6,336612.57$129.67/mo
Oglala Lakota County13,672411.33$113.78/mo
Pennington County109,2223213.19$131.01/mo
Perkins County2,835114.60$184.92/mo
Potter County2,472311.99$191.73/mo
Roberts County10,280411.51$191.56/mo
Sanborn County2,330513.02$144.62/mo
Spink County6,361210.21$218.10/mo
Stanley County2,9802113.75$145.18/mo
Sully County1,44628.73$189.72/mo
Todd County9,319210.30$108.72/mo
Tripp County5,62429.85$113.23/mo
Turner County8,673412.29$120.66/mo
Union County16,811512.53$177.53/mo
Walworth County5,315311.99$190.28/mo
Yankton County23,3105211.26$156.24/mo
Ziebach County2,413113.37$109.35/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

South Dakota citizens average 1,901.81 kilograms of CO2 emissions per resident from electricity consumption. Total emissions from electricity consumption in the state is 1,686,271,393.41 kilograms, which is the 52nd worst total amount of emissions for all states. The state has the 47th most electricity producing plants of any state in the US, with 44 total plants. This translates to the 15th most power plants per citizen in the country. The state of South Dakota's primary fuel source is Wind, with 54.00% of electricity generation coming from this fuel. Conventional Hydroelectric (30.63%) is also used for electricity production, as well as Coal (9.35%).

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Natural Gas
Distillate Fuel Oil

South Dakota Net Metering

There are 66 companies in South Dakota providing electricity. Of those 66, 10 of them offer some type of net metering option for their consumers, making solar panels and alternative electric sources more economically feasible. At the state level, South Dakota has nonexistent laws for consumers interested in installing solar.

Energy Loss

The state has 13 electricity providers who report energy loss. The average energy loss amount for these providers is 2.38%. With a nationwide average of 2.76%, South Dakota is ranked as the 14th best state in the nation.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

States that want to support solar panel installs at private residences can do so by passing tax incentives and rebates for solar purchase. South Dakota has a tax credit of $1000 or less or no state tax. Offering no rebates for solar panel installs, the state currently is letting down its citizens who want to install private solar panels. South Dakota 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. Citizens in the state do not have access to a sales tax exemption when installing private solar.

State Level Initiatives

Statewide legislation has a huge part in determining whether customers who are seeking renewable energy sources can easily find alternatives. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for all electric suppliers who operate in the state. These standards require that a percentage of electricity must be produced using renewable fuel sources. The state of South Dakota, unfortunately, has no standards in place. Furthermore, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that help with the installation of solar panels at low income households.

FAQ: Common Questions About Electricity in South Dakota

What electricity company is the largest supplier in South Dakota?

The largest electricity provider in South Dakota by megawatt hours sold is Northern States Power Company.

Where does South Dakota get its electricity?

The main fuel source used for electricity production in South Dakota is Wind, making up 54.00% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuel sources are Conventional Hydroelectric and Coal, which account for 30.63% and 9.35% of total production respectively.

How many power plants are located within South Dakota?

South Dakota is home to 44 electricity plants generating electricity for the state.

Does South Dakota have a deregulated electricity market?

South Dakota 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 options when it comes time to choose who they purchase electricity from.

What is a good electricity rate in South Dakota?

The average cost for electricity in South Dakota in 2022 is 12.15 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh).

What is the average electric bill in South Dakota?

In 2022, South Dakota has an average electric bill of $126, while the countrywide average is $130.

How many electric companies offer service in South Dakota?

South Dakota is home to 66 electricity companies serving customers in the area.

What is the cheapest electricity company in South Dakota?

Last Reviewed By: King Manalo
Published: 2022-09-27