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Electricity In Washington

  • Population7,614,893
  • Total Consumption85,134,554 MWh / 11.18 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions13,158,880,814 kg
  • Total Production111,943,305 MWh / 14.7 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Washington

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

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.102/kWh$0.093/kWh$145.70/mo.$70.81/mo.
1st9.91¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Washington
10th$97.39Average residential monthly electricity bill for Washington Residents

Energy Profile of Washington

Washington's Electricity Prices and Usage

Residents of Washington enjoy a lower residential electricity rate than many people around the United States, with an average state electric rate of 9.91 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the United States average rate of 13.33 cents. Residents in the state don’t have much choice in their electricity provider due to the fact that Washington has a regulated electricity market based on the consumer’s location. Customers in the state have 0.77 power outages on average per year, with outages lasting about 85.37 minutes. The national averages for outages and duration are 1.13 outages and 127.16 minutes. In the last year, coal usage for the purpose of electricity production in the state has decreased by 16.21%. The state ranks as the 37th worst polluting state in the nation when considering total CO2 emissions, with over 13,158,880,813.53 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity use. The state uses over 85,100,000 megawatt hours for statewide electricity needs, making the state the 15th ranked state for total electricity consumption.

Residential Electricity Providers in Washington

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Puget Sound Energy11.1599.7811,225,2721,251,592,0899,529,092.77,627,592,251.93
Snohomish County PUD10.1797.53,793,191385,618,000548,1201,957,288,208.53
Seattle City Light11.8575.153,265,212386,963,0795,988,9402,135,558,100.35
Avista Utilities10.0391.842,566,160257,375,5991,289,2661,972,898,569.42
Clark Public Utilities9.2097.112,529,922232,868,0001,622,3761,774,727,817.22
Tacoma Power9.7896.751,932,556188,990,3772,567,2901,186,718,037.71
PacifiCorp8.54100.91,586,071135,394,7464,766,702754,975,573.95
Chelan County PUD3.1959.14878,50527,985,3008,645,29027,543,169.4
Grant County PUD5.5999.84838,42046,844,0009,742,987161,769,146.72
Benton PUD8.52113.16752,07764,057,000No DataIcon representing missing value.272,989,433.71

Power Plants in Washington

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Okanogan County Conventional Hydroelectric 19,726,4951,223,429,487.0562.02No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Douglas County Conventional Hydroelectric 11,422,465708,965,051.562.07No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Columbia Generating StationEnergy Northwest (100.00%)
Benton County Nuclear 8,744,481124,242,160.5514.21No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Klickitat County Conventional Hydroelectric 7,860,046487,939,073.5662.08No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Chelan County Conventional Hydroelectric 5,833,754362,208,826.3262.09No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Kittitas County Conventional Hydroelectric 5,061,660314,263,839.1462.09No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Transalta Centralia GenerationTransAlta (100.00%)
Lewis County Coal 5,046,823.015,370,981,423.851,064.23Yes12/2025
Benton County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,996,988.02308,128,319.3661.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Grant County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,681,327290,675,112.0762.09No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Chelan County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,253,737264,054,165.6862.08No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Washington produces 3.64 megawatt hours of electricity per person in the state from non-renewable electricity fuel sources. They are the 45th highest state in the country for non-renewable production per capita.

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Roughly 5,066,027.86 megawatt hours of electricity in Washington are created each year using natural gas. This is 0.67 megawatt hours per resident in the state each year.

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Washington ranks 34th for electricity consumption per capita, with residents consuming 11.18 megawatt hours per year per person.

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The average monthly residential electric expense in Washington is 18.92% less than the US average monthly residential bill.

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Washington produces 0.67 megawatt hours of electricity per capita from coal a year, which is 37th highest in the US.

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Washington has had a 16.98% reduction in the use of non-renewable fuel sources for electricity production during the previous 12 months, which is an admirable effort.

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Adams County19,983328.90$117.39/mo
Asotin County22,5825No DataIcon representing missing value.9.75$98.13/mo
Benton County204,390458.54$113.45/mo
Chelan County77,200233.19$59.14/mo
Clallam County77,3313No DataIcon representing missing value.10.40$133.89/mo
Clark County488,241319.20$97.11/mo
Columbia County3,9855411.28$137.36/mo
Cowlitz County110,593258.68$117.77/mo
Douglas County43,429123.04$72.55/mo
Ferry County7,6273No DataIcon representing missing value.10.55$105.55/mo
Franklin County95,222658.44$133.86/mo
Garfield County2,225528.55$114.92/mo
Grant County97,733155.59$99.84/mo
Grays Harbor County75,0612312.50$131.76/mo
Island County85,1414No DataIcon representing missing value.10.96$99.35/mo
Jefferson County32,2217111.36$116.05/mo
King County2,252,78241110.55$99.17/mo
Kitsap County271,4731No DataIcon representing missing value.11.15$99.78/mo
Kittitas County47,9354511.01$113.82/mo
Klickitat County22,42531311.36$128.78/mo
Lewis County80,707469.42$110.51/mo
Lincoln County10,939319.27$108.70/mo
Mason County66,7685310.29$108.47/mo
Okanogan County42,243619.07$116.48/mo
Pacific County22,4713No DataIcon representing missing value.8.49$83.33/mo
Pend Oreille County13,724227.13$106.57/mo
Pierce County904,980749.91$109.80/mo
San Juan County17,5822No DataIcon representing missing value.15.30$142.46/mo
Skagit County129,2051411.15$99.78/mo
Skamania County12,0833110.20$119.94/mo
Snohomish County822,0834510.39$98.03/mo
Spokane County522,798569.18$109.26/mo
Stevens County45,7231410.03$91.84/mo
Thurston County290,5361411.15$99.78/mo
Wahkiakum County4,4882No DataIcon representing missing value.9.37$119.05/mo
Walla Walla County60,7605311.40$139.05/mo
Whatcom County229,24721211.15$99.78/mo
Whitman County50,104339.38$106.37/mo
Yakima County250,873558.59$122.10/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Releasing 13,158,880,813.53 kilograms of CO2 emissions, Washington ranks 37th worst in the country for total pollution from electricity use. Averaging 1,728.05 kilograms of CO2 emissions per resident, the state ranks 51st highest for emissions per capita from electricity use. Roughly 66.12% of the state of Washington’s electricity is generated using Conventional Hydroelectric. Secondary fuels used during electricity production include Natural Gas at 12.10% and Wind at 7.82% of production. There are 126 power generation plants in Washington, which is the 24th highest number of power plants in a state in the US and equates to the 41st highest amount of plants per person.

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Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
66.12%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
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12.10%
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Wind
7.82%
NUCLEAR
Nuclear
7.81%
COAL
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4.53%
OTHER
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1.63%

Washington Net Metering

About 80.70% of the electricity suppliers in Washington offer net metering to their customers. Washington has pretty good regulations in place for consumers who are interested in taking advantage of net metering with solar installations.

Energy Loss

Washington has 51 electricity providers who are reporting energy loss. The average energy loss amount for these providers is 3.06%. The nationwide average is 2.72%, meaning Washington ranks 33rd worst in the United States for energy loss efficiency.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

States that want to encourage solar panel installs at private residences can do so by enacting tax and rebate incentives. Washington offers a credit that is $1000 or less or there is no state tax. The state offers limited local rebates for solar purchases. There are currently no property tax exemptions for consumers in Washington. Fortunately, citizens in the state have a 100% sales tax exemption for the purchase of solar panels. This is as good as it gets.

State Level Initiatives

Statewide legislation has a huge role in determining whether customers who are seeking renewable energy sources can easily find alternatives. Many states require green fuel sources to make up a percentage of the fuel used for electricity production by providers in the state. These stipulations are known as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). The state of Washington has made some effort with their RPS program, which requires between 1-15% of electricity production to come from renewable fuel types. Also, there are currently no low income solar programs to assist low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Washington

Where does Washington get its electricity?

Washington’s electricity is produced using mainly Conventional Hydroelectric, which makes up 66.12% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuel sources are Natural Gas and Wind, which account for 12.10% and 7.82% of total production respectively.

What electricity company is the largest provider in Washington?

By total megawatt hours sold, Puget Sound Energy is the largest electricity supplier in Washington.

What is a good electricity rate in Washington?

The average cost per kilowatt hour of electricity is 9.91 cents in Washington in 2021.

Does Washington have a deregulated electricity market?

Washington has a regulated electricity market, rather than a deregulated market. This means that citizens in the state normally have only one or two electricity supplier choices to choose from due to state legislation.

How many electric companies offer service in Washington?

Washington is home to 57 electricity suppliers serving consumers in the area.

How many power plants are located in Washington?

There are 126 active electricity plants in Washington

What is the average electric bill in Washington?

The average electricity bill in Washington in 2021 is $97 while the US average is $120.

What power companies are in Washington?

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1Puget Sound Energy1,187,859
2Seattle City Light480,452
3Snohomish County PUD363,459
4Avista Utilities260,617
5Clark Public Utilities218,809
6Tacoma Power182,932
7PacifiCorp134,138
8Benton PUD54,581
9Cowlitz County PUD51,878
10Grant County PUD51,635

What is the cheapest electricity company in Washington?

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1Douglas County PUD3.0416,083
2Chelan County PUD3.1950,767
3Coulee Dam, Washington Electric Utility5.48601
4Grant County PUD5.5951,635
5Modern Electric Water Company6.6810,250
6Pend Oreille County PUD7.079,296
7Elmhurst Mutual Power & Light7.2115,538
8Chewelah, Washington Electric Utility7.501,309
9Big Bend Electric Coop7.739,469
10City of Blaine Utilities7.763,475

Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-14