Electricity in South Dakota

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in South Dakota

  • Population
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  • Total Production
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    17,834,632 MWh / 20.11 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    13,217,655 MWh / 14.91 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    14,631,483 MWh / 16.5 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    1,742,039,430 kg / 1,964.71 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    3,203,149 MWh / 3.61 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in South Dakota

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.132/kWh$0.104/kWh$158.77/mo.$94.62/mo.
18th12.13¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of South Dakota
31st$125.47Average residential monthly electricity bill for South Dakota Residents

Energy Profile of South Dakota

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 12.13 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the nationwide average of 13.99 cents. South Dakota ranks as the 18th 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. Northern States Power Company sells 2,215,144 megawatt hours in the state per year, which is more than any other electricity supplier. On average, residents of South Dakota account for 1,964.71 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption for each resident in the state, while the nationwide average emissions per capita is 4,511.01. Previously, approximately 5,544,166.42 megawatt hours were generated in the state from wind power each year. However, now that total is 9,321,813.89 megawatt hours, a 68.14% rise. The state is the 44th highest consumer of electricity as statewide consumption totals 13,217,655 megawatt hours.

Residential Electricity Providers in South Dakota

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Northern States Power CompanyBUNDLED13.03102.87816,110106,321,103955,388
Black Hills EnergyBUNDLED14.01111.12555,24577,774,56341,061
Sioux Valley EnergyBUNDLED12.10158.12324,14039,218,422
Southeastern Electric CoopBUNDLED11.42138.23258,65629,528,296
West River Electric AssociationBUNDLED12.64120.15189,13823,910,450
Northern Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.16223.14142,89114,517,682
Watertown UtilitiesBUNDLED9.0685.81123,62911,201,000
Black Hills Electric CooperativeBUNDLED14.22162.89119,00616,927,436
Central Electric Coop SDBUNDLED12.28187.28117,24414,395,767
Brookings Municipal UtilitiesBUNDLED10.9494.92103,46111,317,000

Power Plants in South Dakota

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Big StoneNorthWestern Energy (23.40%)Otter Tail Power Company (53.90%)Montana-Dakota Utilities Co (22.70%)
Grant County Coal 1,640,595.011,637,301,933.82997.99Yes
Triple H Wind ProjectTriple H Wind Project, LLC (100.00%)
Hyde County Wind 1,027,970
Yankton County Wind 934,074
Deuel Harvest Wind Energy LLCInvenergy (100.00%)
Deuel County Wind 887,937
Crocker Wind FarmCrocker Wind Farm, LLC (100.00%)
Clark County Wind 822,113
Crowned Ridge Wind II Energy CenterNorthern States Power Company (100.00%)
Codington County Wind 821,985
Crowned Ridge Wind Energy CenterCattle Ridge Wind Holdings, LLC (100.00%)
Grant County Wind 717,233
Tatanka RidgeTatanka Ridge LLC (100.00%)
Deuel County Wind 612,157
Day County Wind LLCNextEra Energy (100.00%)
Day County Wind 419,808
Willow Creek Wind Power LLCWillow Creek Wind Power LLC (100.00%)
Butte County Wind 408,697

Quick Facts

The usage of renewable fuels for electricity generation in South Dakota increased by 28.48% last year.

South Dakota produces 2,046.09 megawatt hours from solar energy, making it 49th in the US for total megawatt hours produced from solar power.

With 1,638,390.08 megawatt hours of electricity produced from coal, South Dakota is 37th in the country for total megawatt hours produced from coal.

South Dakota is home to over 886,667 citizens and produces 2,046.09 megawatt hours of electricity from solar sources, or 0 megawatt hour per capita. This ranks South Dakota 49th highest in the country for solar megawatt hours generated per person.

The state of South Dakota is ranked 43rd in the United States for electricity generation, producing 17,834,631.76 megawatt hours.

Roughly 1,638,390.08 megawatt hours of electricity in South Dakota are produced each year using natural gas. This is 1.85 megawatt hours per customer in the state each year.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Aurora County2,747313.02$166.22/mo
Beadle County19,149214.47$224.95/mo
Bennett County3,381111.23$112.33/mo
Bon Homme County7,003311.19$158.55/mo
Brookings County34,3757311.94$164.94/mo
Brown County38,301510.25$217.13/mo
Brule County5,247313.01$165.97/mo
Buffalo County1,948313.09$169.16/mo
Butte County10,2433114.23$157.90/mo
Campbell County1,377311.98$189.87/mo
Charles Mix County9,373314.16$176.07/mo
Clark County3,837219.58$207.50/mo
Clay County14,9673111.37$152.57/mo
Codington County28,325319.52$202.36/mo
Corson County3,902213.37$109.35/mo
Custer County8,318214.19$155.31/mo
Davison County19,956312.92$162.40/mo
Day County5,4494111.46$173.49/mo
Deuel County4,2952310.21$311.13/mo
Dewey County5,239113.37$109.35/mo
Douglas County2,835212.50$252.40/mo
Edmunds County3,986512.31$212.61/mo
Fall River County6,973314.21$151.88/mo
Faulk County2,125512.08$207.39/mo
Grant County7,5564412.04$192.06/mo
Gregory County3,99429.89$112.00/mo
Haakon County1,872113.76$145.27/mo
Hamlin County6,164610.22$304.08/mo
Hand County3,145314.59$229.87/mo
Hanson County3,461413.02$144.69/mo
Harding County1,311214.62$183.13/mo
Hughes County17,76538.84$184.71/mo
Hutchinson County7,427412.24$119.16/mo
Hyde County1,2622214.57$228.96/mo
Jackson County2,806312.41$126.79/mo
Jerauld County1,6634113.00$165.45/mo
Jones County917113.76$145.27/mo
Kingsbury County5,187713.30$210.94/mo
Lake County11,059612.54$129.34/mo
Lawrence County25,768314.07$134.96/mo
Lincoln County65,161312.27$119.50/mo
Lyman County3,718213.27$141.03/mo
Marshall County4,306511.63$172.20/mo
McCook County5,682312.27$119.45/mo
McPherson County2,411312.32$213.65/mo
Meade County29,852513.52$146.38/mo
Mellette County1,918310.53$110.81/mo
Miner County2,298513.02$144.15/mo
Minnehaha County197,214412.63$126.49/mo
Moody County6,336612.52$129.04/mo
Oglala Lakota County13,672411.33$113.83/mo
Pennington County109,2223113.20$131.77/mo
Perkins County2,835114.60$184.92/mo
Potter County2,472311.99$191.71/mo
Roberts County10,280411.48$191.23/mo
Sanborn County2,330513.00$143.87/mo
Spink County6,361210.27$215.28/mo
Stanley County2,980213.75$145.18/mo
Sully County1,44628.73$189.72/mo
Todd County9,319210.30$108.72/mo
Tripp County5,62429.89$112.04/mo
Turner County8,673412.25$119.77/mo
Union County16,811812.17$170.09/mo
Walworth County5,315311.98$190.25/mo
Yankton County23,3105111.24$155.98/mo
Ziebach County2,413113.37$109.35/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

South Dakota citizens average 1,964.71 kilograms of CO2 emissions per resident from electricity consumption. Total emissions from electricity consumption in the state is 1,742,039,430.12 kilograms, which is the 52nd worst total amount of emissions for all states. The state has the 43rd most electricity producing plants of any state in the US, with 20 total plants. This translates to the 4th most power plants per citizen in the country. The state of South Dakota's primary fuel source is Wind, with 52.27% of electricity generation coming from this fuel. Conventional Hydroelectric (29.69%) is also used for electricity production, as well as Coal (9.19%).

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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 Energy 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 52.27% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuel sources are Conventional Hydroelectric and Coal, which account for 29.69% and 9.19% of total production respectively.

How many power plants are located within South Dakota?

South Dakota is home to 20 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 12.13 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh).

What is the average electric bill in South Dakota?

In 2022, South Dakota has an average electric bill of $125, while the countrywide average is $124.

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: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-30