Electricity In South Dakota
- Total Consumption12,950,392 MWh / 14.64 MWh per capita
- CO2 Emissions from Consumption1,883,407,327 kg
- Total Production17,122,545 MWh / 19.35 MWh per capita
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 Electric Rates:
Energy Profile of South Dakota
South Dakota's Electricity Prices and Usage
Customers in South Dakota enjoy a lower residential electricity rate than many people around the US, with an average state electricity rate of 12.24 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the nationwide average of 13.62 cents. There are over 70 electricity companies that call the state home, but due to the electricity market regulations in place customers most likely have only one or two provider options determined by their geographic location. The state is the 47th largest state in the US, with a population of 884,659. As the 45th worst polluting state based on pollution per person from electricity use, South Dakota citizens create emissions of 2,128.96 kilograms of CO2 emissions each. The state emitted 1,883,407,327.22 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption, causing it to be the 52nd worst polluting state in the nation based on total CO2 emissions. South Dakota has seen a 24.74% increase in the use of renewable fuel sources for electricity production in the previous year.
Residential Electricity Providers in South Dakota
|Provider||Service Type||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Average Bill ($)||Residential Sales (MWh)||Residential Revenues ($)||State Production (MWh)|
|Northern States Power Company||BUNDLED||12.82||100.96||807,161||103,506,527||857,206|
|Black Hills Energy||BUNDLED||15.24||121.17||552,645||84,244,732||41,432|
|Sioux Valley Energy||BUNDLED||12.18||158.44||319,331||38,886,440|
|Southeastern Electric Coop||BUNDLED||11.45||138.05||252,446||28,908,991|
|West River Electric Association||BUNDLED||13.16||124.4||185,407||24,399,114|
|Northern Electric Cooperative||BUNDLED||10.58||212.67||130,179||13,768,651|
|Black Hills Electric Cooperative||BUNDLED||14.24||162.89||117,595||16,746,725|
|Otter Tail Power Company||BUNDLED||10.36||111.08||114,857||11,904,231||1,221,675.49|
Power Plants in South Dakota
|Plant||City/County||Primary Fuel Type||Production (MWh)||Emission (KG)||Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)||Toxic Chemical Release||Closing Date|
|Hughes County||Conventional Hydroelectric||2,798,038|
Fort RandallUS Army Corps of Engineers (100.00%)
|Big Stone City||Coal||1,854,897.01||1,850,382,165.99||997.57||Yes|
Big Bend DamUS Army Corps of Engineers (100.00%)
|Lyman County||Conventional Hydroelectric||1,022,097|
Triple H Wind ProjectTriple H Wind Project, LLC (100.00%)
Prevailing Wind ParkAES Distributed Energy (100.00%)
Crocker Wind FarmCrocker Wind Farm, LLC (100.00%)
Crowned Ridge Wind Energy CenterCattle Ridge Wind Holdings, LLC (100.00%)
Deer Creek StationBasin Electric Power Cooperative (100.00%)
|Brookings County||Natural Gas||756,351||307,842,552.92||407.01|
Crowned Ridge Wind II Energy CenterNorthern States Power Company (100.00%)
South Dakota produces 19.17% of their electricity from non-renewable fuels. This equates to 3.71 megawatt hours per resident and places South Dakota as the 45th highest state for non-renewable generation per capita a year.
As the 43rd largest producer of electricity in the United States, electricity plants in South Dakota generate 17,122,545.35 megawatt hours of electricity.
While most states try to reduce the use of non-renewable fuel sources, South Dakota’s use of these fuel sources for electricity has actually increased by 10.98% over the course of the last 12 months.
The state of South Dakota generates 19.35 megawatt hours per capita per year, making it the 14th largest generator per capita in the nation.
South Dakota has seen its CO2 pollution from electricity use go up by 6.96% over the past 12 months.
Electricity from wind power produced in South Dakota totals 8,813,096.34 megawatt hours, ranking South Dakota 14th in the United States for wind power production.
|County||Population||Providers||Plants||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Avg. Electric Bill|
|Bon Homme County||6,901||4||1||10.94||$136.89/mo|
|Charles Mix County||9,292||4||1||11.91||$133.60/mo|
|Fall River County||6,713||3||14.75||$141.59/mo|
|Oglala Lakota County||14,177||3||11.33||$113.36/mo|
For the purpose of electricity production, South Dakota’s top fuel type is Wind, making up 51.47%, or 8,813,096.34 megawatt hours of generation in the state. Conventional Hydroelectric and Coal make up 29.28% and 10.82% of electricity generation, respectively. The state's electricity use levels result in CO2 emissions totaling 1,883,407,327.22 kilograms, which is the 52nd most of any state in the nation. Perhaps a better measurement of pollution is the CO2 emissions per capita, which amounts to 2,128.96 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person per year from electricity consumption. This calculation ranks the state as the 45th highest polluting state in the country. South Dakota is home to 47 power generation plants, which is the 47th highest number of power plants in a state and the 16th highest number of plants per capita in a state.
FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in South Dakota
What is the average electric bill in South Dakota?
In 2022, South Dakota has an average electricity bill of $125.
How much does electricity cost in South Dakota?
The average price for electricity in South Dakota in 2022 is 12.24 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh).
Which electricity company is the largest provider in South Dakota?
The largest electricity provider in South Dakota by total revenue is Northern States Power Company.
How many power plants are in South Dakota?
South Dakota has 47 active power plants generating electricity for the state.
Where does South Dakota get its electricity?
The main fuel sources used for electricity generation in South Dakota are Wind, Conventional Hydroelectric and Coal, accounting for 51.47%, 29.28% and 10.82% respectively.
Does South Dakota have a deregulated electricity market?
No, South Dakota has a regulated electricity market where consumers often have only a single provider choice for their electricity needs.
What is the cheapest electricity company in South Dakota?
|Residential Rate Rank||Provider||Residential Rate (¢)||State Customers|
|1||Badger, South Dakota Electric Utility||8.08||81|
|2||Oahe Electric Cooperative||8.73||3,192|
|3||McLaughlin, South Dakota Electric Utility||8.75||350|
|5||Estelline, South Dakota Electric Utility||9.09||408|
|6||Nebraska Public Power District||9.27||1,319|
|7||Groton, South Dakota Electric Utility||9.39||589|
|8||Codington Clark Electric||9.42||3,370|
|9||Burke, South Dakota Electric Utility||9.43||472|
|10||Hecla, South Dakota Electric Utility||9.53||300|
What power companies are in South Dakota?
|State Customers Rank||Provider||State Customers|
|1||Northern States Power Company||98,181|
|2||Black Hills Energy||71,335|
|4||Sioux Valley Energy||23,158|
|5||Southeastern Electric Coop||20,084|
|6||West River Electric Association||18,372|
|8||Otter Tail Power Company||11,806|
|9||Brookings Municipal Utilities||11,554|
|10||Black Hills Electric Cooperative||10,520|
How many electric companies offer service in South Dakota?
South Dakota is home to 68 electricity suppliers operating in the area.