Electricity in Washington

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Washington

  • Population
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    7,705,281
  • Total Production
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    109,122,719 MWh / 14.16 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    88,560,659 MWh / 11.49 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    81,439,572 MWh / 10.57 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    9,052,166,513 kg / 1,174.8 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    27,683,148 MWh / 3.59 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 Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.104/kWh$0.093/kWh$145.70/mo.$70.81/mo.
1st10.15¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Washington
10th$101.07Average residential monthly electricity bill for Washington Residents

Energy Profile of Washington

Washington's Electricity Prices and Usage

Washington's residential electricity rate in 2022 averages 10.15 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 27.44% lower than the national average rate of 13.99 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. The state released 9,052,166,512.69 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption, causing it to be the 39th worst polluting state in the country when considering total CO2 emissions. Overall, customers living within state use over 88,500,000 megawatt hours to meet their electricity needs. With annual production of 109,122,719.36 megawatt hours, Washington is the 12th highest generator of electricity in the United States. The electricity grid in the state is faced with an average of 0.86 outages per consumer per year, with outages lasting around 130.96 minutes. The United States average for these two data points are 1.21 outages and 122.99 minutes.

Residential Electricity Providers in Washington

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Puget Sound EnergyBUNDLED11.66105.1811,433,0621,333,065,77410,021,142.21
Snohomish County PUDBUNDLED10.1197.383,861,054390,537,000548,120
Seattle City LightBUNDLED11.9375.473,309,306394,699,6665,839,973
Avista UtilitiesBUNDLED9.9794.922,699,106269,116,4081,289,266
Clark Public UtilitiesBUNDLED9.2597.232,577,110238,380,0001,942,569
Tacoma PowerBUNDLED9.9098.591,981,038196,221,0742,581,604
PacifiCorpBUNDLED8.97111.891,684,742151,159,6504,790,096
Chelan County PUDBUNDLED3.2156.82843,86227,122,7008,489,206
Grant County PUDBUNDLED5.6694.8796,73845,094,0009,509,427
Cowlitz County PUDBUNDLED8.66118.75754,73865,338,000

Power Plants in Washington

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Okanogan County Conventional Hydroelectric 18,325,318
Douglas County Conventional Hydroelectric 10,981,266
Columbia Generating StationEnergy Northwest (100.00%)
Benton County Nuclear 8,511,288
Klickitat County Conventional Hydroelectric 7,332,619
Chelan County Conventional Hydroelectric 5,728,929
Kittitas County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,968,662
Grant County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,540,765
Chelan County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,074,325
Grays Harbor Energy FacilityInvenergy (100.00%)
Grays Harbor County Natural Gas 3,540,8621,455,112,452.36410.95
Pend Oreille County Conventional Hydroelectric 3,204,939

Quick Facts

Averaging generation of 14.16 megawatt hours per Washington resident a year, Washington ranks 22nd in production per capita in the US.

Wind generates 9,508,304.7 megawatt hours of electricity in Washington. This equals roughly 1.23 megawatt hours per person in Washington being generated from wind power, giving the state a rank of 17th highest in the United States in that category.

Washington is the 2nd highest producer of megawatt hours generated using renewable fuel types.

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

Washington is ranked 26th in the country for total power created by nuclear power.

Washington generates about 0.41 megawatt hours of electricity from natural gas per citizen living in the state. This is the 38th highest amount in the United States.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Adams County20,613319.16$118.80/mo
Asotin County22,285410.65$122.73/mo
Benton County206,873318.79$115.36/mo
Chelan County79,074224.19$62.38/mo
Clallam County77,155210.73$137.72/mo
Clark County503,311119.25$97.23/mo
Columbia County3,9525211.55$137.78/mo
Cowlitz County110,730118.66$118.75/mo
Douglas County42,938123.08$69.74/mo
Ferry County7,178210.35$99.25/mo
Franklin County96,749419.32$120.54/mo
Garfield County2,286519.14$110.77/mo
Grant County99,123215.78$94.81/mo
Grays Harbor County75,6362112.60$133.17/mo
Island County86,857211.36$103.67/mo
Jefferson County32,977311.25$117.94/mo
King County2,269,6753111.75$104.82/mo
Kitsap County275,611311.63$106.13/mo
Kittitas County44,3373211.48$130.42/mo
Klickitat County22,7351511.55$124.97/mo
Lewis County82,149338.67$123.00/mo
Lincoln County10,87629.20$109.00/mo
Mason County65,726211.26$125.03/mo
Okanogan County42,104619.17$115.80/mo
Pacific County23,36528.58$84.75/mo
Pend Oreille County13,401318.69$101.34/mo
Pierce County921,13012110.11$112.63/mo
San Juan County17,788115.29$149.88/mo
Skagit County129,5231211.66$105.18/mo
Skamania County12,0361111.24$125.26/mo
Snohomish County827,9572110.17$97.64/mo
Spokane County539,339619.20$112.84/mo
Stevens County46,44539.88$96.54/mo
Thurston County294,7932111.68$105.92/mo
Wahkiakum County4,42219.84$123.41/mo
Walla Walla County62,5843211.99$141.73/mo
Whatcom County226,8474411.65$105.02/mo
Whitman County47,973339.36$111.64/mo
Yakima County256,72848.87$117.40/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Washington emits 1,174.8 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use per person in the state, which makes it the 52nd worst polluting state in the country. At 1,174.8 kilograms per person and 7,705,281 people in the state, the state emits 9,052,166,512.69 kilograms of CO2 emissions. This is the 39th highest rank in the nation for total emissions. About 64.55% of electricity in the state of Washington comes from production using Conventional Hydroelectric. Natural Gas and Wind make up 14.40% and 8.71% of production, respectively. Washington has 40 electricity plants, which is the 21st most in the country and 42nd highest when counting plants per capita.

CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
64.55%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
14.40%
WIND
Wind
8.71%
NUCLEAR
Nuclear
7.80%
COAL
Coal
2.87%
OTHER
Other
1.66%

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 33 providers in Washington that reported energy loss, including Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish County PUD. Combined, these 33 companies average a yearly energy loss of 3.51% of electricity generated. For comparison, the countrywide average electricity loss is 2.76%. Washington has a rank of 30th 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 Energy 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 64.55% of production. Natural Gas and Wind also account for 14.40% and 8.71% respectively.

What is the average electric bill in Washington?

In 2022, Washington has an average electricity bill of $101, and the countrywide average is $124.

How much does electricity cost in Washington?

The average electricity cost paid by residents of Washington in 2022 is 10.15 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 40 active electricity plants producing electricity for the state.

What power companies offer service in Washington?

State Customers RankProviderState Customers
1Puget Sound Energy1,200,274
2Seattle City Light487,326
3Snohomish County PUD368,778
4Avista Utilities263,560
5Clark Public Utilities223,440
6Tacoma Power186,785
7PacifiCorp135,069
8Benton PUD55,342
9Cowlitz County PUD52,386
10Grant County PUD52,228

What is the cheapest electricity company in Washington?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Douglas County PUD3.0816,485
2Chelan County PUD3.2147,737
3Grant County PUD5.6652,228
4Coulee Dam, Washington Electric Utility5.71605
5Modern Electric Water Company6.2210,328
6Elmhurst Mutual Power & Light7.3315,581
7Pend Oreille County PUD7.379,448
8Eatonville Power7.761,274
9City of Blaine Utilities7.923,553
10Cheney Electric8.065,823

Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-25