Electricity Rates in Washington

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Companies & Statistics in Washington

  • Population
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  • Total Production
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    117,266,979 MWh / 15.15 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    90,087,666 MWh / 11.64 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    88,326,256 MWh / 11.41 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    8,810,504,542 kg / 1,138.5 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    28,940,724 MWh / 3.74 MWh per capita
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Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Washington

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.106/kWh$0.093/kWh$145.70/mo.$70.81/mo.
1st10.30¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Washington
7th$103.53Average residential monthly electricity bill for Washington Residents

Washington Electricity Fuel Mix

Washington's Electricity Prices and Usage

Washington's residential electricity rate in 2023 averages 10.30 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 32.87% lower than the national average rate of 15.34 cents. This ranks Washington as the 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 52nd highest polluting state based on emissions per person from electricity use, Washington residents account for emissions of 1,138.5 kilograms of CO2 gases each. The state generates 117,266,978.88 megawatt hours from its power plants, which is the 11th largest total production for a state in the US. Consumers in the state have an average monthly residential electricity bill of $103.53 per month. The US average bill is $137.45. The state is the 18th highest generator of electricity per capita, averaging 15.15 megawatt hours generated per person each year.

Residential Electricity Providers in Washington

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Puget Sound EnergyBUNDLED11.87108.1811,662,1101,384,482,8309,493,862.48
Snohomish County PUDBUNDLED10.22100.634,000,504408,852,000500,807
Seattle City LightBUNDLED12.1576.83,355,841407,849,0256,272,651
Avista UtilitiesBUNDLED10.1496.532,742,835278,014,3051,358,895
Clark Public UtilitiesBUNDLED9.2298.732,674,643246,697,0001,689,843
Tacoma PowerBUNDLED10.0798.492,030,063204,461,0922,707,567
Chelan County PUDBUNDLED3.3759.19854,96128,836,9009,144,054
Grant County PUDBUNDLED5.6595.36818,04646,211,0009,870,624
Cowlitz County PUDBUNDLED8.64119.85781,63767,515,000

Commercial Electricity Providers in Washington

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Puget Sound EnergyBUNDLED11.58590.558,666,5521,003,653,2769,493,862.48
Seattle City LightBUNDLED10.36838.395,023,142520,306,9216,272,651
Snohomish County PUDBUNDLED8.91509.172,397,961213,581,000500,807
Avista UtilitiesBUNDLED11.46776.542,175,689249,401,6231,358,895
Clark Public UtilitiesBUNDLED7.51448.931,380,716103,741,0001,689,843
Grant County PUDBUNDLED4.38476.42987,53543,267,0009,870,624
Benton PUDBUNDLED7.05489.66546,81338,534,000
Grays Harbor PUDBUNDLED6.69569.39513,96134,382,000
Chelan County PUDBUNDLED3.68222.22471,09017,344,0009,144,054

Power Plants in Washington

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Okanogan County Conventional Hydroelectric 20,406,446
Douglas County Conventional Hydroelectric 11,969,831
Columbia Generating StationEnergy Northwest (100.00%)
Benton County Nuclear 9,815,176
Klickitat County Conventional Hydroelectric 8,490,655
Chelan County Conventional Hydroelectric 6,208,101
Kittitas County Conventional Hydroelectric 5,194,900
Grant County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,675,724
Benton County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,336,640
Chelan County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,327,975
Transalta Centralia GenerationTransAlta (100.00%)
Lewis County Coal 3,702,614.994,139,178,365.631,117.9112/2025

Quick Facts

In the past 12 months, Washington has seen a 111.31% increase in production of electricity from solar power, up from 50,680.6 megawatt hours each year to 107,090.8 megawatt hours a year.

Electricity consumption per capita in Washington amounts to 11.64 megawatt hours per year.

Emitting 8,810,504,541.6 kilograms of CO2 emissions during electricity use, Washington is the 39th worst polluting state in the country based on electricity pollution.

Washington generates 88,326,256.33 megawatt hours of electricity from renewable fuel sources. This ranks Washington 3rd in the nation for total renewable electricity production.

Wind produces 9,074,967.04 megawatt hours of electricity in Washington. This equals roughly 1.17 megawatt hours per person in Washington being produced from wind power, giving the state a rank of 20th highest in the United States in that category.

Washington has seen a 1.07% increase in the burning of non-renewable fuel sources for electricity production during the past 12 months.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Adams County20,353329.26$121.14/mo
Asotin County22,285410.71$123.93/mo
Benton County204,551368.68$113.34/mo
Chelan County78,508234.35$64.82/mo
Clallam County76,727211.17$141.96/mo
Clark County496,494139.22$98.73/mo
Columbia County3,9695411.61$144.96/mo
Cowlitz County109,457138.64$119.85/mo
Douglas County42,622123.09$70.17/mo
Ferry County7,198210.32$103.62/mo
Franklin County95,313439.36$122.88/mo
Garfield County2,278518.66$102.60/mo
Grant County97,874255.77$95.39/mo
Grays Harbor County74,7372412.27$133.59/mo
Island County85,938211.55$106.72/mo
Jefferson County32,5903211.45$120.88/mo
King County2,240,87631111.95$107.66/mo
Kitsap County273,072311.83$109.17/mo
Kittitas County44,1473511.65$133.42/mo
Klickitat County22,47811411.48$127.03/mo
Lewis County81,214369.61$132.46/mo
Lincoln County10,798228.49$97.29/mo
Mason County64,9642311.41$129.95/mo
Okanogan County41,966619.44$121.11/mo
Pacific County22,974218.76$89.57/mo
Pend Oreille County13,302329.32$110.19/mo
Pierce County910,22512710.15$114.17/mo
San Juan County17,631114.89$147.39/mo
Skagit County128,2281411.87$108.18/mo
Skamania County11,9731111.82$136.48/mo
Snohomish County820,0242510.27$100.88/mo
Spokane County531,477678.57$102.72/mo
Stevens County46,057339.94$96.61/mo
Thurston County290,6422411.88$108.85/mo
Wahkiakum County4,37319.86$126.08/mo
Walla Walla County62,1683512.19$152.14/mo
Whatcom County224,53341111.86$108.02/mo
Whitman County48,197348.71$101.03/mo
Yakima County255,151349.40$124.42/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Washington emits 1,138.5 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use per person in the state, which makes it the 52nd worst polluting state in the country. At 1,138.5 kilograms per person and 7,738,692 people in the state, the state emits 8,810,504,541.6 kilograms of CO2 emissions. This is the 39th highest rank in the nation for total emissions. About 66.29% of electricity in the state of Washington comes from production using Conventional Hydroelectric. Natural Gas and Nuclear make up 12.82% and 8.37% of production, respectively. Washington has 134 electricity plants, which is the 27th most in the country and 42nd highest when counting plants per capita.

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Washington Net Metering

There are 56 companies in Washington selling electricity. Of those 56, 85.71% 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 34 providers in Washington that reported energy loss, including Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish County PUD. Combined, these 34 companies average a yearly energy loss of 3.83% of electricity generated. For comparison, the countrywide average electricity loss is 2.45%. Washington has a rank of 35th 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 66.29% of production. Natural Gas and Nuclear also account for 12.82% and 8.37% respectively.

What is the average electric bill in Washington?

In 2023, Washington has an average electricity bill of $104, and the countrywide average is $137.

How much does electricity cost in Washington?

The average electricity cost paid by residents of Washington in 2023 is 10.30 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 134 active electricity plants producing electricity for the state.

What power companies offer service in Washington?

State Customers RankProviderState Customers
1Puget Sound Energy1,211,365
2Seattle City Light494,347
3Snohomish County PUD373,591
4Avista Utilities267,588
5Clark Public Utilities227,501
6Tacoma Power195,152
8Benton PUD56,072
9Grant County PUD53,213
10Cowlitz County PUD52,558

What is the cheapest electricity company in Washington?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Douglas County PUD3.0916,779
2Chelan County PUD3.3748,575
3Grant County PUD5.6553,213
4Coulee Dam, Washington Electric Utility5.80605
5Modern Electric Water Company6.7410,420
6Inland Power6.8042,755
7Elmhurst Mutual Power & Light6.8315,741
8Cheney Electric7.325,879
9City of Blaine Utilities7.993,611
10Eatonville Power8.001,278

Fernando García
Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2022-09-20