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Electricity In South Dakota

  • Population884,659
  • Total Consumption12,640,082 MWh / 14.29 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions2,162,799,098 kg
  • Total Production15,955,899 MWh / 18.04 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 Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.131/kWh$0.104/kWh$158.77/mo.$94.62/mo.
23rd12.07¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of South Dakota
31st$121.7Average residential monthly electricity bill for South Dakota Residents

Energy Profile of South Dakota

South Dakota's Electricity Prices and Usage

Customers in South Dakota enjoy a lower electricity rate than many people around the US, with an average state electricity rate of 12.07 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the nationwide average of 13.33 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. South Dakota has achieved a 22.73% rise in the use of renewable fuel sources for electricity generation in the past 12 months. Power generation facilities in the state produce 26.23% more electricity than citizens of the state use, meaning the excess electricity can be stored for later use or exported. The state is the 47th largest state in the US, with a population of 884,659. South Dakota is the 15th highest ranked state in the United States for electricity consumption per person, with a yearly average of 14.29 megawatt hours consumed per citizen in the state.

Electricity Providers in South Dakota

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Northern States Power Company12.1296.27808,56098,015,128529,560735,762,116.18
NorthWestern Energy11.31106.76574,17164,956,000731,755.82859,554,155.07
Black Hills Energy15.09118.79544,95982,223,53147,709533,693,982.53
Sioux Valley Energy11.93156.58319,07438,076,035No DataIcon representing missing value.123,206,199.71
Southeastern Electric Coop11.38140.74253,40228,829,230No DataIcon representing missing value.112,957,952.18
West River Electric Association13.39124.71180,14124,112,344No DataIcon representing missing value.51,186,141.4
Northern Electric Cooperative10.34215.41134,22913,876,069No DataIcon representing missing value.52,416,225.41
Watertown Utilities9.0384.05120,03310,843,000No DataIcon representing missing value.64,265,344.55
Black Hills Electric Cooperative14.14163.17117,87716,670,275No DataIcon representing missing value.26,548,357.81
Otter Tail Power Company10.16110.58116,17511,802,443943,551.31237,961,271.48

Power Plants in South Dakota

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OaheUSACE-Omaha (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 2,798,038172,534,887.7761.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Fort RandallUSACE-Omaha (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 2,007,328123,777,493.1161.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Big StoneOtter Tail Power Company (53.90%)NorthWestern Energy (23.40%)
Coal 1,664,418.021,664,309,344.04999.93YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Big Bend DamUSACE-Omaha (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 1,022,09763,025,373.0161.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Prevailing Wind ParkPrevailing Wind Park, LLC (100.00%)
Wind 886,760.0525,263,209.2928.49No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Cattle Ridge Wind Farm 1Cattle Ridge Wind Holdings, LLC (100.00%)
Wind 868,18724,697,321.6328.45No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Crocker Wind FarmCrocker Wind Farm, LLC (100.00%)
Wind 817,49623,267,993.9328.46No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Deer Creek StationBasin Electric Power Cooperative (100.00%)
Natural Gas 756,351307,842,552.92407.01No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Triple H Wind Project
Wind 535,24515,321,785.8628.63No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Buffalo Ridge II LLCAvangrid (100.00%)
Wind 431,95712,279,655.7528.43No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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South Dakota produces roughly 1.88 megawatt hours of electricity with natural gas per resident living in the state. This is the 28th highest average by a state in the US.

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South Dakota produces 0 megawatt hours per capita per year from solar energy, giving the state a rank of 49th in the nation.

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The burning of coal in the generation of electricity decreased in South Dakota over the last 12 months, with a decreased usage of roughly 21.78% taking place.

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South Dakota is 49th in the nation in solar power production, with 2,012.25 megawatt hours produced from solar energy.

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With 1,662,222.97 megawatt hours generated by coal, South Dakota is 37th in electricity generation using coal as a fuel source.

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The average monthly electric bill in South Dakota totals $121.7. In comparison, the national average bill is $120.11, or 1.32% higher than the South Dakota average.

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Aurora County2,75113 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.69$155.28/mo
Beadle County18,45319 providers212.15$157.01/mo
Bennett County3,3657 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.42$132.74/mo
Bon Homme County6,90113 providers111.12$139.34/mo
Brookings County35,07720 providers411.40$129.40/mo
Brown County38,83916 providers210.72$149.65/mo
Brule County5,29711 providers211.62$150.37/mo
Buffalo County1,96211 providers112.02$148.74/mo
Butte County10,42911 providers113.47$125.65/mo
Campbell County1,37613 providers111.70$139.11/mo
Charles Mix County9,29217 providers111.13$143.66/mo
Clark County3,73619 providers310.66$156.92/mo
Clay County14,07023 providers111.55$126.18/mo
Codington County28,00912 providers210.83$142.84/mo
Corson County4,08611 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.48$112.82/mo
Custer County8,97212 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.14.31$145.13/mo
Davison County19,77510 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.86$134.39/mo
Day County5,42416 providers110.69$152.20/mo
Deuel County4,35117 providers311.10$139.12/mo
Dewey County5,89212 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.99$131.17/mo
Douglas County2,92115 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.62$162.49/mo
Edmunds County3,82913 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.93$149.00/mo
Fall River County6,7139 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.14.32$148.75/mo
Faulk County2,29911 providers111.32$155.36/mo
Grant County7,05215 providers511.24$162.74/mo
Gregory County4,18513 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.00$127.81/mo
Haakon County1,89910 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.79$127.97/mo
Hamlin County6,16419 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.98$138.47/mo
Hand County3,19110 providers111.48$159.10/mo
Hanson County3,45311 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.81$131.61/mo
Harding County1,29813 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.97$108.89/mo
Hughes County17,52611 providers211.79$122.33/mo
Hutchinson County7,29115 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.60$138.40/mo
Hyde County1,30112 providers111.93$156.52/mo
Jackson County3,34410 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.88$129.57/mo
Jerauld County2,01311 providers211.88$151.09/mo
Jones County9039 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.95$132.33/mo
Kingsbury County4,93919 providers111.19$144.07/mo
Lake County12,79719 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.35$125.81/mo
Lawrence County25,84411 providers113.51$129.60/mo
Lincoln County61,12823 providers112.09$113.93/mo
Lyman County3,78118 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.63$135.39/mo
Marshall County4,93514 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.33$149.71/mo
McCook County5,58611 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.52$128.71/mo
McPherson County2,37913 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.10$147.02/mo
Meade County28,33212 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.97$124.85/mo
Mellette County2,0617 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.38$135.00/mo
Miner County2,21614 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.24$136.53/mo
Minnehaha County193,13422 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.32$112.24/mo
Moody County6,57614 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.37$127.60/mo
Oglala Lakota County14,1777 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.38$131.05/mo
Pennington County113,77515 providers213.04$125.29/mo
Perkins County2,86514 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.08$109.26/mo
Potter County2,15310 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.28$155.82/mo
Roberts County10,39417 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.38$160.83/mo
Sanborn County2,34415 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.69$147.08/mo
Spink County6,37618 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.05$160.57/mo
Stanley County3,09811 providers111.95$125.97/mo
Sully County1,39112 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.85$125.83/mo
Todd County10,1778 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.03$132.29/mo
Tripp County5,4418 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.01$130.17/mo
Turner County8,38412 providers111.74$124.56/mo
Union County15,93227 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.45$129.19/mo
Walworth County5,4359 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.62$126.84/mo
Yankton County22,81414 providers211.44$143.35/mo
Ziebach County2,75614 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.42$129.21/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

For the purpose of electricity production, South Dakota’s top fuel type is Wind, making up 46.04%, or 7,346,861.58 megawatt hours of generation in the state. Totaling Wind with Conventional Hydroelectric (37.12%) and Coal (10.42%), these three fuel types make up 93.58% electricity production in the state. The state's electricity production efforts resulted in CO2 pollution totaling 2,162,799,097.98 kilograms, which is the 50th most of any state in the nation. A better measurement of pollution is the CO2 levels per resident in the state, which amounts to 2,444.78 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases per person per year. Using this measurement South Dakota is the 45th highest polluting state in the United States. South Dakota has 49 power generation plants, which is the 47th highest amount in the United States and 15th most when counting facilities per person in the state.

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Conventional Hydroelectric
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Conventional Hydroelectric
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Net Metering

Roughly 7.04% of the electric companies in South Dakota offer net metering to their customers. At the state level, South Dakota is known for nonexistent net metering and feed in tariff legislation.

Energy Loss

The state has 56 electricity providers who are reporting energy loss. The average energy loss amount for these providers is 2.93%. For comparison, the US average energy loss is 2.72%. South Dakota has a rank of 36th worst in the country for grid efficiency based on energy loss.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

State governments can help encourage private residents to consider installing private solar panels by promoting tax incentives and rebates to their populace. South Dakota has a tax credit of $1000 or less or no state tax. There are currently no state sponsored rebates available to consumers who are considering installing solar. South Dakota residents have the ability to apply a 100% property tax exemption for the purchase of private solar, which is better than almost all other states. Residents in the state do not have access to a sales tax exemption when purchasing solar.

State Level Initiatives

Policies drawn up at the state level affect whether a state is friendly towards customers searching for renewable energy sources. Many states require renewable fuels to make up a portion of the fuel used for electricity generation by providers in the state. These requirements are known as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Unfortunately, South Dakota has no requirements in place at this time. Additionally, there are currently no low income solar programs to encourage low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in South Dakota

Where does South Dakota get its electricity?

The main fuel sources used for electricity production in South Dakota are Wind, Conventional Hydroelectric and Coal, making up 46.04%, 37.12% and 10.42% respectively.

What is a good electricity rate in South Dakota?

A good electricity rate in South Dakota would be anything below the state average of 12.07 cents per kilowatt hour. Any amount below that would be better than most other rates in the state. Currently, the varying rates in the state range from 7.77 cents per kilowatt hour up to 15.09 cents per kilowatt hour.

How much does electricity cost in South Dakota?

The average rate of electricity in South Dakota in 2021 is 12.07 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh).