Electricity Rates in Washington

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Companies & Statistics in Washington

  • Population
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    7,705,281
  • Total Production
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    117,769,823 MWh / 15.28 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    89,057,887 MWh / 11.56 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    90,666,582 MWh / 11.77 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    7,908,436,137 kg / 1,026.37 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    27,103,367 MWh / 3.52 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$0.105/kWh$0.093/kWh$145.70/mo.$70.81/mo.
1st10.20¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Washington
8th$101.81Average residential monthly electricity bill for Washington Residents

Washington Electricity Fuel Mix

Washington's Electricity Prices and Usage

Washington's residential electricity rate in 2022 averages 10.20 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 29.47% lower than the national average rate of 14.46 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. There are over 7,908,436,136.94 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity consumption in the state, which is enough to make Washington the 39th highest CO2 emitting state in the country based on total kilograms emitted. Power generation plants in the state generate 32.24% more electricity than the state uses, meaning the excess electricity can be exported or stored for later use. The state has emissions of 1,026.37 kilograms per person of CO2 emissions, compared to the nationwide average of 4,459.99. Puget Sound Energy is the largest provider in the state based on total residential customers.

Residential Electricity Providers in Washington

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Puget Sound EnergyBUNDLED11.75107.2811,619,3041,365,159,7779,268,139.49
Snohomish County PUDBUNDLED10.0897.983,920,049395,210,000500,807
Seattle City LightBUNDLED12.0176.113,332,898400,384,1986,664,210
Avista UtilitiesBUNDLED9.9892.482,636,983263,256,5421,299,050
Clark Public UtilitiesBUNDLED9.2497.642,609,832241,278,0001,695,116
Tacoma PowerBUNDLED9.9798.391,996,623199,047,9872,864,001
PacifiCorpBUNDLED9.09111.461,660,964150,952,9454,407,993
Chelan County PUDBUNDLED3.2156.82843,86227,122,7009,376,648
Grant County PUDBUNDLED5.6694.8796,73845,094,00010,233,347
Cowlitz County PUDBUNDLED8.65119.1764,36066,113,000

Commercial Electricity Providers in Washington

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Puget Sound EnergyBUNDLED11.31573.838,596,963972,382,7089,268,139.49
Seattle City LightBUNDLED10.38796.184,746,542492,607,0836,664,210
Snohomish County PUDBUNDLED8.83499.342,354,948208,009,000500,807
Avista UtilitiesBUNDLED11.52776.292,146,381247,219,1031,299,050
PacifiCorpBUNDLED8.66649.531,533,743132,887,9124,407,993
Clark Public UtilitiesBUNDLED7.49441.11,354,132101,416,0001,695,116
Grant County PUDBUNDLED4.03434.33956,75438,548,00010,233,347
Benton PUDBUNDLED7.05460.48509,20235,901,000
Chelan County PUDBUNDLED3.54205.14449,58415,936,9009,376,648
Cowlitz County PUDBUNDLED8.69454.39384,88533,459,000

Power Plants in Washington

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Okanogan County Conventional Hydroelectric 20,837,639
Douglas County Conventional Hydroelectric 12,291,590
Columbia Generating StationEnergy Northwest (100.00%)
Benton County Nuclear 9,624,361
Klickitat County Conventional Hydroelectric 8,703,401
Chelan County Conventional Hydroelectric 6,386,456
Kittitas County Conventional Hydroelectric 5,405,105
Grant County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,828,242
Chelan County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,446,296
Benton County Conventional Hydroelectric 4,336,640
Pend Oreille County Conventional Hydroelectric 3,766,806

Quick Facts

With 7,705,281 residents living within the state and 117,769,823.3 megawatt hours produced a year, Washington had a megawatt hour per capita production of 15.28 megawatt hours. This is the 19th highest megawatt hour per capita amount in the US.

The state of Washington is the 11th highest producer of electricity in the country, producing 117,769,823.3 megawatt hours.

Washington currently is 44th in the United States in megawatt hours produced by solar power sources.

Washington produces the 38th highest average of electricity per capita from natural gas, with the fuel source accounting for 0.42 megawatt hours a year per capita.

Citizens in Washington deal with an average of 0.86 outages lasting 130.96 minutes each year, compared to the national averages of 1.21 outages at 122.99 minutes an outage.

Roughly 23.01% of Washington's electricity is generated using non-renewable fuel sources, making it the 35th worst state for total megawatt hours generated from non-renewable fuels.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Adams County20,613329.16$117.59/mo
Asotin County22,285410.66$121.45/mo
Benton County206,873368.79$115.36/mo
Chelan County79,074234.20$62.62/mo
Clallam County77,155210.73$137.72/mo
Clark County503,311139.24$97.64/mo
Columbia County3,9525411.58$137.59/mo
Cowlitz County110,730118.65$119.10/mo
Douglas County42,938123.08$69.74/mo
Ferry County7,178210.36$97.88/mo
Franklin County96,749439.32$120.14/mo
Garfield County2,286519.17$109.76/mo
Grant County99,123255.78$94.74/mo
Grays Harbor County75,6362212.60$133.17/mo
Island County86,857211.43$105.49/mo
Jefferson County32,9773111.25$117.94/mo
King County2,269,67531111.83$106.78/mo
Kitsap County275,611311.71$108.13/mo
Kittitas County44,3373511.51$131.03/mo
Klickitat County22,73511111.55$124.97/mo
Lewis County82,149368.67$123.00/mo
Lincoln County10,876229.21$107.76/mo
Mason County65,7262311.27$124.98/mo
Okanogan County42,104619.17$115.96/mo
Pacific County23,365218.58$84.75/mo
Pend Oreille County13,401328.70$100.13/mo
Pierce County921,13012510.15$112.97/mo
San Juan County17,788115.29$149.88/mo
Skagit County129,5231311.75$107.28/mo
Skamania County12,0361111.24$125.26/mo
Snohomish County827,9572510.14$98.29/mo
Spokane County539,339669.22$111.59/mo
Stevens County46,445329.89$94.24/mo
Thurston County294,7932411.77$107.97/mo
Wahkiakum County4,42219.84$123.41/mo
Walla Walla County62,5843512.02$141.62/mo
Whatcom County226,84741111.74$107.12/mo
Whitman County47,973349.37$110.46/mo
Yakima County256,728348.95$117.12/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Washington emits 1,026.37 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use per person in the state, which makes it the 52nd worst polluting state in the country. At 1,026.37 kilograms per person and 7,705,281 people in the state, the state emits 7,908,436,136.94 kilograms of CO2 emissions. This is the 39th highest rank in the nation for total emissions. About 67.50% of electricity in the state of Washington comes from production using Conventional Hydroelectric. Natural Gas and Wind make up 11.84% and 8.28% of production, respectively. Washington has 123 electricity plants, which is the 26th 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
67.50%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
11.84%
WIND
Wind
8.28%
NUCLEAR
Nuclear
8.17%
COAL
Coal
2.73%
OTHER
Other
1.47%

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 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 67.50% of production. Natural Gas and Wind also account for 11.84% and 8.28% respectively.

What is the average electric bill in Washington?

In 2022, Washington has an average electricity bill of $102, and the countrywide average is $130.

How much does electricity cost in Washington?

The average electricity cost paid by residents of Washington in 2022 is 10.20 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 123 active electricity plants producing electricity for the state.

What power companies offer service in Washington?

State Customers RankProviderState Customers
1Puget Sound Energy1,204,847
2Seattle City Light490,002
3Snohomish County PUD370,906
4Avista Utilities264,582
5Clark Public Utilities225,116
6Tacoma Power190,012
7PacifiCorp135,385
8Benton PUD55,342
9Cowlitz County PUD52,425
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: 2022-09-20