Washington Electricity Rates & Average Electricity Bills

Electricity Rates in Washington

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Electricity Companies & Statistics in Washington

  • Population
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    7,785,786
  • Total Production
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    99,987,315 MWh / 12.84 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    88,386,814 MWh / 11.35 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    69,384,057 MWh / 8.91 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    11,328,182,534 kg / 1,454.98 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    30,603,259 MWh / 3.93 MWh per capita
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Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Washington

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.117/kWh$0.093/kWh$154.45/mo.$70.81/mo.
2nd11.22¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Washington
9th$108.16Average residential monthly electricity bill for Washington Residents

Washington Electricity Fuel Mix

Washington's Electricity Prices and Usage

Washington's residential electricity rate in 2024 averages 11.22 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 30.22% lower than the national average rate of 16.07 cents. This ranks Washington as the 2nd lowest priced state in the nation by average electric rate. The state has a regulated electricity market, meaning consumers may have only one or two electricity company options to choose from when obtaining electricity. As the 50th highest polluting state based on emissions per person from electricity use, Washington residents account for emissions of 1,454.98 kilograms of CO2 gases each. The state generates 99,987,315.3 megawatt hours from its power plants, which is the 14th largest total production for a state in the US. The nationwide average monthly residential electricity bill is $137.93, while the Washington average is $108.16 per month. Washington ranks 9th in the country for lowest average monthly bill amount. The state produces 69.39% of their electricity using renewable fuel sources, which ranks them 3rd in the country for ratio of renewable fuel sources to non-renewable sources.

Residential Electricity Providers in Washington

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Puget Sound EnergyBUNDLED13.66119.7511,366,005.351,552,714,80010,273,766.95
Snohomish County PUDBUNDLED10.84101.513,854,415417,798,000432,136
Seattle City LightBUNDLED13.1579.693,296,013.14433,388,8564,897,779
Avista UtilitiesBUNDLED10.99101.872,693,905.39296,188,4551,403,761
Clark Public UtilitiesBUNDLED9.4097.22,659,489249,965,0001,831,019
Tacoma PowerBUNDLED10.4597.541,944,644.39203,261,0512,425,392
PacifiCorpBUNDLED10.71127.131,621,947.19173,730,4624,673,596
Chelan County PUDBUNDLED3.7170.01923,838.3734,301,294.547,196,778
Grant County PUDBUNDLED6.08107.59870,460.0752,912,751.947,695,834
Cowlitz County PUDBUNDLED8.67118783,37267,881,000

Commercial Electricity Providers in Washington

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Puget Sound EnergyBUNDLED12.77648.668,703,038.351,111,765,32310,273,766.95
Seattle City LightBUNDLED11.02876.984,984,790.56549,144,3374,897,779
Snohomish County PUDBUNDLED8.98510.762,405,916216,054,000432,136
Avista UtilitiesBUNDLED12.16820.192,168,534.65263,678,6191,403,761
PacifiCorpBUNDLED9.93727.961,517,906.76150,743,2184,673,596
Clark Public UtilitiesBUNDLED7.62433.921,358,609103,461,0001,831,019
Grant County PUDBUNDLED4.66554.721,104,746.7251,469,261.717,695,834
Benton PUDBUNDLED7.56522.88548,351.9241,432,407.68
Chelan County PUDBUNDLED4.19252.06471,509.5719,747,941.417,196,778
Franklin County PUDBUNDLED7.871,352.18410,568.632,321,121.54

Power Plants in Washington

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Okanogan County Conventional Hydroelectric 15,324,424
Douglas County Conventional Hydroelectric 9,036,492
Columbia Generating StationEnergy Northwest (100.00%)
Benton County Nuclear 8,494,364
Klickitat County Conventional Hydroelectric 6,883,995
Chelan County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,839,026
Kittitas County Conventional Hydroelectric 3,961,283
Grant County Conventional Hydroelectric 3,734,551
Transalta Centralia GenerationTransAlta (100.00%)
Lewis County Coal 3,657,038.014,131,471,849.291,129.7312/2025
Grays Harbor Energy FacilityInvenergy (100.00%)
Grays Harbor County Natural Gas 3,451,9201,391,469,423.12403.1
Chelan County Conventional Hydroelectric 3,388,951

There is 1 Nuclear Power Plant in Washington

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Columbia Generating StationEnergy Northwest (100.00%)
Benton County Nuclear 8,494,364

Quick Facts

Washington has recently seen an increase in electricity generation from solar power of 148.26% year over year.

Coal use for electricity generation in Washington has recently declined from 3,834,497.23 megawatt hours produced from coal per year down to 3,674,220.59 megawatt hours.

Electricity consumption per capita in Washington amounts to 11.35 megawatt hours per year.

Emitting 11,328,182,533.77 kilograms of CO2 emissions during electricity use, Washington is the 38th worst polluting state in the country based on electricity pollution.

Washington is the 27th ranked producer of nuclear power electricity in the US.

Washington citizens experience outages averaging 193.58 minutes per incident, with approximately 0.98 outages each year.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Adams County20,3533110.01$132.76/mo
Asotin County22,285411.72$132.03/mo
Benton County212,791319.52$127.77/mo
Chelan County79,926224.86$75.73/mo
Clallam County77,805212.37$158.57/mo
Clark County516,779119.40$97.20/mo
Columbia County3,9695212.81$151.21/mo
Cowlitz County111,956118.67$118.00/mo
Douglas County42,622123.35$77.58/mo
Ferry County7,198211.22$113.96/mo
Franklin County98,6784110.10$134.83/mo
Garfield County2,2785110.21$121.45/mo
Grant County101,311216.21$107.43/mo
Grays Harbor County77,0382113.48$141.51/mo
Island County86,625213.12$116.23/mo
Jefferson County32,590313.10$135.05/mo
King County2,266,7893113.68$118.70/mo
Kitsap County277,673313.61$120.53/mo
Kittitas County44,1473213.32$150.07/mo
Klickitat County22,4781612.43$137.42/mo
Lewis County85,370339.90$134.43/mo
Lincoln County10,798210.13$118.48/mo
Mason County68,166212.96$147.30/mo
Okanogan County41,9666110.69$141.31/mo
Pacific County22,97429.90$99.06/mo
Pend Oreille County13,3023110.15$118.80/mo
Pierce County927,38012111.04$119.16/mo
San Juan County17,631117.51$167.35/mo
Skagit County131,1791213.66$119.75/mo
Skamania County11,9731113.77$155.50/mo
Snohomish County840,0792110.93$102.10/mo
Spokane County549,6906110.15$122.86/mo
Stevens County46,057310.89$103.78/mo
Thurston County298,7582113.66$120.32/mo
Wahkiakum County4,373110.63$134.28/mo
Walla Walla County62,1683213.29$155.51/mo
Whatcom County230,6774413.65$119.56/mo
Whitman County48,1973310.30$121.19/mo
Yakima County257,001310.28$131.84/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Washington emits 1,454.98 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use per person in the state, which makes it the 50th worst polluting state in the country. At 1,454.98 kilograms per person and 7,785,786 people in the state, the state emits 11,328,182,533.77 kilograms of CO2 emissions. This is the 38th highest rank in the nation for total emissions. About 60.44% of electricity in the state of Washington comes from production using Conventional Hydroelectric. Natural Gas and Nuclear make up 18.11% and 8.50% of production, respectively. Washington has 41 electricity plants, which is the 23rd most in the country and 44th highest when counting plants per capita.

CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
60.44%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
18.11%
NUCLEAR
Nuclear
8.50%
WIND
Wind
7.41%
COAL
Coal
3.67%
OTHER
Other
1.87%

Washington Net Metering

There are 56 companies in Washington selling electricity. Of those 56, 87.50% of them offer some type of net metering option for their customers, making solar panels and alternative electric sources more economically viable. The state of Washington has decent state level net metering legislation.

Energy Loss

There are 35 providers in Washington that reported energy loss, including Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish County PUD. Combined, these 35 companies average a yearly energy loss of 2.98% of electricity generated. For comparison, the countrywide average electricity loss is 2.87%. Washington has a rank of 22nd best in the nation for grid efficiency based on energy loss.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

State governments can help encourage private citizens to install solar panels by issuing tax breaks and rebates. Washington has a tax credit of $1000 or less or no state tax. The state offers limited local rebates for solar panel installs. Washington offers no property tax exemptions to homeowners who install solar panels, making it less attractive for citizens to do so. Luckily, residents in the state have a 100% sales tax exemption for the install of private solar at a home. It doesn't get any better than this.

State Level Initiatives

State level initiatives have a huge role in whether a state is friendly towards customers searching for renewable energy sources. Many states require green fuels to be a portion of the fuel used for electricity generation. These requirements are referred to as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). While further enhancements could be made, Washington requires for 1-15% of electric output to come from renewable fuel types. 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.

Learn about going solar in Washington, find out which system size is best for you, compare local installers and see which incentives are available in your area.

FAQ: Common Questions About Electricity in Washington

How many electric companies offer service in Washington?

Washington is home to 56 electricity suppliers serving consumers in the area.

Which electricity company is the largest provider in Washington?

The largest electricity provider in Washington by megawatt hours sold is Puget Sound Energy.

Where does Washington get its electricity?

Conventional Hydroelectric is the main fuel type used for electricity production in Washington, accounting for 60.44% of production. Natural Gas and Nuclear also account for 18.11% and 8.50% respectively.

What is the average electric bill in Washington?

In 2024, Washington has an average electricity bill of $108, and the countrywide average is $138.

How much does electricity cost in Washington?

The average electricity cost paid by residents of Washington in 2024 is 11.22 cents per kilowatt hour.

Does Washington have a deregulated electricity market?

No, the state has a regulated market, where residents' electricity supplier choices are usually determined by their location or state legislation.

How many power plants are within Washington?

Washington has 41 active electricity plants producing electricity for the state.

What power companies offer service in Washington?

State Customers RankProviderState Customers
1Puget Sound Energy1,226,518
2Seattle City Light505,442
3Snohomish County PUD378,324
4Avista Utilities269,899
5Clark Public Utilities234,199
6Tacoma Power195,818
7PacifiCorp136,589
8Benton PUD56,558
9Grant County PUD54,040
10Cowlitz County PUD53,324

What is the cheapest electricity company in Washington?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Douglas County PUD3.3517,085
2Chelan County PUD3.7148,826
3Grant County PUD6.0854,040
4Coulee Dam, Washington Electric Utility6.24600
5Cheney Electric7.245,973
6Modern Electric Water Company7.3310,431
7Elmhurst Mutual Power & Light7.5915,784
8Parkland Light and Water8.394,600
9Eatonville Power8.581,273
10Cowlitz County PUD8.6753,324

Fernando García
Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2024-06-22