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Electricity Companies & Statistics in South Dakota

  • Population
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  • Total Production
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    17,355,126 MWh / 19.08 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    13,489,304 MWh / 14.83 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    13,103,652 MWh / 14.4 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    2,298,329,272 kg / 2,526.13 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    4,251,473 MWh / 4.67 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.
9th12.24¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of South Dakota
21st$125.43Average 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 12.24 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the nationwide average of 16.01 cents. South Dakota ranks as the 9th 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 state has 909,824 residents, resulting in it being the 47th largest state in the country. Consumers living in the state have an average per capita consumption of 14.83 megawatt hours of electricity per year. All told, residents living in state use a grand total of 13,489,303.72 megawatt hours to meet their electricity needs. This is the 44th highest amount for total electricity use by a state. Around 75.50% of the states' electricity is generated from sustainable fuel sources, ranking them as the 20th highest state for total renewable 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 CompanyBUNDLED13.95108.89844,111.43117,753,808884,859
Black Hills EnergyBUNDLED12.3294.3550,00967,741,14929,507
Sioux Valley EnergyBUNDLED12.07155.61337,244.8540,720,271
Southeastern Electric CoopBUNDLED11.39137.46278,974.5731,767,113
West River Electric AssociationBUNDLED13.43123.36194,674.5426,146,804
Northern Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.16223.93148,635.7115,104,960
Watertown UtilitiesBUNDLED9.1383.77125,17911,430,000
Black Hills Electric CooperativeBUNDLED14.20161.76124,357.8417,656,761
Central Electric Coop SDBUNDLED12.54195.86121,083.1515,180,113
HD ElectricBUNDLED9.64343.98116,592.3611,235,882.35

Commercial Electricity Providers in South Dakota

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Northern States Power CompanyBUNDLED11.07711.241,027,591.55113,759,305884,859
Black Hills EnergyBUNDLED11.15530.26776,97986,646,94529,507
Southeastern Electric CoopBUNDLED9.34542.52197,776.3918,468,907
Watertown UtilitiesBUNDLED8.51358.09129,16810,993,000
West River Electric AssociationBUNDLED12.76490.2199,368.9812,682,305
City of Sioux Falls UtilitiesBUNDLED9.71696.5483,187.858,074,255.23
West Central Electric Cooperative (South Dakota)BUNDLED11.69492.6364,413.067,531,292.02
Northern Electric CooperativeBUNDLED9.41470.8752,246.544,915,857
Codington Clark ElectricBUNDLED9.691,607.4749,775.224,822,414.38
Sioux Valley EnergyBUNDLED14.50239.4848,964.157,099,588

Power Plants in South Dakota

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Hughes County Conventional Hydroelectric 2,031,443.01
Big StoneMontana-Dakota Utilities Co (22.70%)NorthWestern Energy (23.40%)Otter Tail Power Company (53.90%)
Grant County Coal 1,776,7721,780,226,505.041,001.94
Charles Mix County Conventional Hydroelectric 1,442,196
Deuel Harvest Wind Energy LLC
Deuel County Wind 1,014,856
Triple H Wind ProjectTriple H Wind Project, LLC (100.00%)
Hyde County Wind 920,456
Lyman County Conventional Hydroelectric 782,870
Yankton County Wind 772,212
Crowned Ridge Wind II Energy CenterNorthern States Power Company (100.00%)
Codington County Wind 769,969
Crocker Wind FarmCrocker Wind Farm, LLC (100.00%)
Clark County Wind 768,671
Brookings County Natural Gas 767,867310,463,398.56404.32

Quick Facts

While a majority of states work to hinder the burning of non-renewable fuel types, South Dakota's burning of these fuel types for electricity has actually increased by 34.71% over the course of the last year.

South Dakota ranks 4th highest in the nation for electricity per person produced from wind power. With total production of 9,453,892.09 megawatt hours from wind turbines and a population of 909,824, the state averages 10.39 megawatt hours per resident per year from wind energy.

South Dakota ranks 49th worst in the country for total generation of electricity from non-renewable fuels, with 4,251,473.18 of the state's 17,355,125.53 megawatt hours coming from those fuel sources.

In the state of South Dakota, the usage of renewable fuels for electricity generation has declined by 8.50% over the course of the previous year.

South Dakota has the 42nd highest total electricity generation in the United States, producing 17,355,125.53 megawatt hours.

Averaging production of 19.08 megawatt hours per South Dakota resident a year, South Dakota ranks 14th in generation per capita in the nation.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Aurora County2,6493213.05$171.98/mo
Beadle County18,9592214.22$224.52/mo
Bennett County3,411110.86$117.78/mo
Bon Homme County7,0203111.30$165.85/mo
Brookings County34,3157411.89$164.44/mo
Brown County38,4715210.24$217.90/mo
Brule County5,2473213.04$171.70/mo
Buffalo County1,974313.12$174.67/mo
Butte County10,1673113.95$166.83/mo
Campbell County1,5483112.31$182.97/mo
Charles Mix County9,3463114.20$190.13/mo
Clark County3,791239.56$229.44/mo
Clay County14,8163111.05$159.01/mo
Codington County28,289329.51$223.36/mo
Corson County3,965213.25$111.78/mo
Custer County8,360213.92$151.89/mo
Davison County19,9443112.94$167.55/mo
Day County5,4874111.32$189.27/mo
Deuel County4,283239.66$340.22/mo
Dewey County5,343113.26$111.79/mo
Douglas County2,838212.35$267.36/mo
Edmunds County4,005512.65$209.08/mo
Fall River County6,9793113.94$147.87/mo
Faulk County2,1575112.35$204.29/mo
Grant County7,5504511.99$191.22/mo
Gregory County4,004210.45$120.96/mo
Haakon County1,868113.58$148.25/mo
Hamlin County6,12769.70$332.28/mo
Hand County3,0613214.34$229.54/mo
Hanson County3,429413.36$150.56/mo
Harding County1,179215.02$201.69/mo
Hughes County17,829329.14$188.41/mo
Hutchinson County7,412412.67$121.70/mo
Hyde County1,3812214.32$228.63/mo
Jackson County2,868312.22$131.02/mo
Jerauld County1,8114113.03$171.12/mo
Jones County916113.58$148.25/mo
Kingsbury County5,1317113.56$275.17/mo
Lake County11,358612.99$131.21/mo
Lawrence County25,6873113.15$128.79/mo
Lincoln County70,9873112.74$122.33/mo
Lyman County3,7462113.18$144.77/mo
Marshall County4,373511.49$187.32/mo
McCook County5,676312.75$122.28/mo
McPherson County2,245312.67$210.21/mo
Meade County29,561514.01$155.06/mo
Mellette County1,916310.41$115.17/mo
Miner County2,293513.36$150.06/mo
Minnehaha County203,9714113.14$128.87/mo
Moody County6,335612.98$131.02/mo
Oglala Lakota County13,835411.04$118.96/mo
Pennington County114,4613213.57$132.19/mo
Perkins County2,977115.01$203.68/mo
Potter County2,613312.30$184.49/mo
Roberts County10,254411.48$189.25/mo
Sanborn County2,371513.34$149.60/mo
Spink County6,408210.25$215.80/mo
Stanley County2,9632113.57$148.16/mo
Sully County1,27929.06$193.69/mo
Todd County9,434210.21$113.11/mo
Tripp County5,615210.45$120.96/mo
Turner County8,6214112.72$122.56/mo
Union County16,424511.70$178.60/mo
Walworth County5,355312.31$183.28/mo
Yankton County23,2135211.25$162.58/mo
Ziebach County2,479113.26$111.79/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

South Dakota citizens average 2,526.13 kilograms of CO2 emissions per resident from electricity consumption. Total emissions from electricity consumption in the state is 2,298,329,271.76 kilograms, which is the 50th worst total amount of emissions for all states. The state has the 46th most electricity producing plants of any state in the US, with 52 total plants. This translates to the 16th most power plants per citizen in the country. The state of South Dakota's primary fuel source is Wind, with 54.47% of electricity generation coming from this fuel. Conventional Hydroelectric (20.56%) is also used for electricity production, as well as Natural Gas (14.15%).

Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Natural Gas
Natural Gas

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 12 electricity providers who report energy loss. The average energy loss amount for these providers is 2.96%. With a nationwide average of 2.87%, South Dakota is ranked as the 21st 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 54.47% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuel sources are Conventional Hydroelectric and Natural Gas, which account for 20.56% and 14.15% of total production respectively.

How many power plants are located within South Dakota?

South Dakota is home to 52 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 2024 is 12.24 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh).

What is the average electric bill in South Dakota?

In 2024, South Dakota has an average electric bill of $125, while the countrywide average is $138.

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?

What electricity companies are in South Dakota?

King Manalo
Last Reviewed By: King Manalo
Published: 2024-04-18