Electricity in Washington
Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics
Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Washington
- Population see rank7,705,281
- Total Production see rank109,122,719 MWh / 14.16 MWh per capita
- Total Consumption see rank88,560,659 MWh / 11.49 MWh per capita
- Total Production from Renewable see rank81,439,572 MWh / 10.57 MWh per capita
- CO2 Emissions from Consumption see rank9,052,166,513 kg / 1,174.8 kg per capita
- Total Production from Non-Renewable see rank27,683,148 MWh / 3.59 MWh per capita
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:
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
|Provider||Service Type||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Average Bill ($)||Residential Sales (MWh)||Residential Revenues ($)||State Production (MWh)|
|Puget Sound Energy||BUNDLED||11.66||105.18||11,433,062||1,333,065,774||10,021,142.21|
|Snohomish County PUD||BUNDLED||10.11||97.38||3,861,054||390,537,000||548,120|
|Seattle City Light||BUNDLED||11.93||75.47||3,309,306||394,699,666||5,839,973|
|Clark Public Utilities||BUNDLED||9.25||97.23||2,577,110||238,380,000||1,942,569|
|Chelan County PUD||BUNDLED||3.21||56.82||843,862||27,122,700||8,489,206|
|Grant County PUD||BUNDLED||5.66||94.8||796,738||45,094,000||9,509,427|
|Cowlitz County PUD||BUNDLED||8.66||118.75||754,738||65,338,000|
Power Plants in Washington
|Plant||City/County||Primary Fuel Type||Production (MWh)||Emission (KG)||Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)||Toxic Chemical Release||Closing Date|
Grand CouleeUS Bureau of Reclamation (100.00%)
|Okanogan County||Conventional Hydroelectric||18,325,318|
Chief JosephUS Army Corps of Engineers (100.00%)
|Douglas County||Conventional Hydroelectric||10,981,266|
Columbia Generating StationEnergy Northwest (100.00%)
|Klickitat County||Conventional Hydroelectric||7,332,619|
Rocky ReachChelan County PUD (100.00%)
|Chelan County||Conventional Hydroelectric||5,728,929|
WanapumGrant County PUD (100.00%)
|Kittitas County||Conventional Hydroelectric||4,968,662|
Priest RapidsGrant County PUD (100.00%)
|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||3,540,862||1,455,112,452.36||410.95|
BoundarySeattle City Light (100.00%)
|Pend Oreille County||Conventional Hydroelectric||3,204,939|
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.
|County||Population||Providers||Plants||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Avg. Electric Bill|
|Grays Harbor County||75,636||2||1||12.60||$133.17/mo|
|Pend Oreille County||13,401||3||1||8.69||$101.34/mo|
|San Juan County||17,788||1||15.29||$149.88/mo|
|Walla Walla County||62,584||3||2||11.99||$141.73/mo|
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.
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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?
What is the cheapest electricity company in Washington?
|Residential Rate Rank||Provider||Residential Rate (¢)||State Customers|
|1||Douglas County PUD||3.08||16,485|
|2||Chelan County PUD||3.21||47,737|
|3||Grant County PUD||5.66||52,228|
|4||Coulee Dam, Washington Electric Utility||5.71||605|
|5||Modern Electric Water Company||6.22||10,328|
|6||Elmhurst Mutual Power & Light||7.33||15,581|
|7||Pend Oreille County PUD||7.37||9,448|
|9||City of Blaine Utilities||7.92||3,553|