Electricity in Wisconsin

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Wisconsin

  • Population
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    5,893,718
  • Total Production
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    65,478,674 MWh / 11.11 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    69,953,667 MWh / 11.87 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    5,650,047 MWh / 0.96 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    38,057,527,483 kg / 6,457.3 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    59,828,627 MWh / 10.15 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Wisconsin

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.154/kWh$0.136/kWh$137.21/mo.$79.11/mo.
39th14.77¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Wisconsin
11th$102.55Average residential monthly electricity bill for Wisconsin Residents

Energy Profile of Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Electricity Prices and Usage

Consumers in Wisconsin are faced with a higher residential electricity rate than many people around the United States, with an average state electric rate of 14.77 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the United States average price of 13.99 cents. While there are 115 electricity companies operating in the state, citizens often will only have one supplier choice due to the regulated electricity market that exists. WE Energies sells 23,687,293 megawatt hours in the state per year, more than all other vendors. The state is the 34th highest producer of electricity per capita, with an average of 11.11 megawatt hours generated per capita a year. The state is the 20th largest state in the United States, with a population of 5,893,718. The state ranks as the 14th highest polluting state in the country based on total CO2 output, with over 38,057,527,483.41 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity consumption.

Residential Electricity Providers in Wisconsin

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
WE EnergiesBUNDLED16.11107.348,200,7281,321,092,30519,262,269.45
Wisconsin Public ServiceBUNDLED14.2590.583,057,438435,580,02210,382,707.46
Northern States Power CompanyBUNDLED14.15106.71,951,427276,119,2911,394,193
Madison Gas & ElectricBUNDLED16.9091.98915,590154,689,0002,323,612.2
Adams Columbia Electric CooperativeBUNDLED15.94105.14274,08043,697,00080,845.48
Riverland Energy CooperativeBUNDLED14.33157.56228,10732,684,400
Barron Electric CooperativeBUNDLED13.43120.72200,61626,945,000
Polk-Burnett Electric CooperativeBUNDLED14.75119.16187,74527,686,200
Scenic Rivers Energy CooperativeBUNDLED13.63157.36184,79725,188,300
Oakdale Electric CooperativeBUNDLED14.04115.13152,75721,442,000

Power Plants in Wisconsin

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Point Beach Nuclear PlantNextEra Energy (100.00%)
Manitowoc County Nuclear 9,969,968267,661.880.03
Oak Creek Coal 7,703,8876,827,276,052.76886.21
Port Washington Generating StationWE Energies (100.00%)
Port Washington Natural Gas 7,039,5222,566,646,494.86364.61
Columbia (WI)Wisconsin Power & Light Co (53.50%)Madison Gas & Electric (19.00%)Wisconsin Public Service (27.50%)
Columbia County Coal 5,906,8135,961,064,929.311,009.18Yes12/2024
Rothschild Coal 4,766,8444,421,062,078.07927.46
South Oak CreekWE Energies (100.00%)
Oak Creek Coal 4,475,795.024,427,920,177.75989.3Yes
Wrightstown Natural Gas 4,165,5171,531,380,790.24367.63
Riverside Energy CenterWisconsin Power & Light Co (100.00%)
Rock County Natural Gas 3,226,6071,232,927,310.44382.11
EdgewaterWisconsin Power & Light Co (100.00%)
Sheboygan Coal 2,310,548.012,417,255,342.911,046.18Yes12/2022
Rock County Natural Gas 1,971,841709,015,947.92359.57

Quick Facts

Wisconsin consumers enjoy an average monthly residential electric bill of $102.55, which is 17.21% less than the nationwide average bill of $123.86.

Wisconsin is ranked 23rd in the United States for total power generated by nuclear power.

Wisconsin is the 13th highest polluting state when considering emissions per capita. The state emits 6,457.3 kilograms per person per year of CO2 gases.

In Wisconsin, 59,828,627.38 megawatt hours of electricity are generated from non-renewable fuels. Wisconsin ranks 22nd worst in the US for total electricity production from non-renewable fuel types.

Wisconsin produces 91.37% of their electricity from non-renewable fuel types. This equates to 10.15 megawatt hours per resident and ranks Wisconsin as the 28th highest state for non-renewable generation per capita a year.

More people call the state of Wisconsin home now than a year ago, as the state's population has increased by 1.22% during that time period.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Adams County20,654415.71$104.23/mo
Ashland County16,027415.89$111.35/mo
Barron County46,711713.78$112.68/mo
Bayfield County16,220415.52$114.59/mo
Brown County268,7403214.28$90.92/mo
Buffalo County13,3173114.24$131.66/mo
Burnett County16,526414.58$108.85/mo
Calumet County52,442514.54$96.16/mo
Chippewa County66,29710114.21$123.91/mo
Clark County34,659513.72$131.34/mo
Columbia County58,4908214.60$102.36/mo
Crawford County16,113713.93$128.91/mo
Dane County561,50414314.25$96.63/mo
Dodge County89,3968315.13$104.38/mo
Door County30,066413.75$87.92/mo
Douglas County44,295514.28$103.42/mo
Dunn County45,4405114.09$122.86/mo
Eau Claire County105,710414.36$127.17/mo
Florence County4,558415.33$96.05/mo
Fond du Lac County104,1544114.49$102.96/mo
Forest County9,179314.54$93.21/mo
Grant County51,9387113.68$143.48/mo
Green County37,093613.80$104.45/mo
Green Lake County19,018414.30$101.98/mo
Iowa County23,7092213.89$101.34/mo
Iron County6,137415.75$111.81/mo
Jackson County21,145914.35$116.85/mo
Jefferson County84,9008115.75$106.15/mo
Juneau County26,7186113.98$111.75/mo
Kenosha County169,151415.90$106.77/mo
Kewaunee County20,563314.23$90.40/mo
La Crosse County120,7846113.90$114.53/mo
Lafayette County16,6117113.70$133.70/mo
Langlade County19,491414.19$92.26/mo
Lincoln County28,415614.54$100.96/mo
Manitowoc County81,3596414.07$89.61/mo
Marathon County138,01311314.30$105.14/mo
Marinette County41,872414.37$92.80/mo
Marquette County15,592416.08$96.65/mo
Menominee County4,2553113.95$104.63/mo
Milwaukee County939,4892416.11$107.34/mo
Monroe County46,274914.18$111.24/mo
Oconto County38,965514.34$105.55/mo
Oneida County37,8455114.35$99.24/mo
Outagamie County190,7054315.60$104.99/mo
Ozaukee County91,5033116.00$106.70/mo
Pepin County7,318614.43$132.97/mo
Pierce County42,212614.64$140.09/mo
Polk County44,977614.37$109.70/mo
Portage County70,377714.86$99.21/mo
Price County14,054317.45$107.89/mo
Racine County197,7272116.11$107.34/mo
Richland County17,304516.61$133.88/mo
Rock County163,6876313.45$110.56/mo
Rusk County14,188614.79$110.50/mo
Sauk County65,763814.01$104.16/mo
Sawyer County18,074714.97$98.79/mo
Shawano County40,881915.75$107.67/mo
Sheboygan County118,0346114.30$98.84/mo
St. Croix County93,5367113.47$127.29/mo
Taylor County19,9137114.74$124.10/mo
Trempealeau County30,760614.23$131.25/mo
Vernon County30,7149214.60$123.67/mo
Vilas County23,047814.65$102.60/mo
Walworth County106,478515.08$104.11/mo
Washburn County16,623613.82$109.37/mo
Washington County136,761415.97$106.40/mo
Waukesha County406,9783115.98$106.77/mo
Waupaca County51,812815.74$106.71/mo
Waushara County24,520515.02$103.58/mo
Winnebago County171,730614.46$97.05/mo
Wood County74,2078213.24$102.23/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

As the 14th worst ranked state in the nation, Wisconsin releases 38,057,527,483.41 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption. Averaging 6,457.3 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person, the state ranks 13th highest for pollution per capita from electricity use. Electricity generating facilities in the state primarily use Coal, which accounts for 41.91% of the fuel sources used for electricity generation in the state. Adding Coal totals to Natural Gas (33.92%) and Nuclear (15.23%), these three fuel sources make up 91.05% of the electricity production in the state. Wisconsin has 49 electricity generation plants, which is the 19th most in the country and 27th highest when counting power plants per resident.

COAL
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
41.91%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
33.92%
NUCLEAR
Nuclear
Nuclear
15.23%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
3.82%
WIND
Wind
2.47%
OTHER
Other
2.66%

Wisconsin Net Metering

Out of the 115 companies in Wisconsin, 84 of them offer net metering to their consumers. The state of Wisconsin has restricted state level net metering legislation.

Energy Loss

The average energy loss for electricity companies in Wisconsin is 2.31%. This includes data from 62 companies, including WE Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, and Madison Gas & Electric. For comparison, the countrywide average energy loss is 2.76%. Wisconsin ranks 13th best in the country for grid efficiency based on energy loss.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

State governments can help encourage private citizens to consider installing home solar panels by promoting tax incentives and rebates to their populace. Wisconsin currently does not offer a state tax credit for solar panel installation at a private residence. The state has rebates of $500 or less available to most customers who wish to install private solar panels at their residence. Fortunately, Wisconsin offers a 100% tax exemption to citizens.. There is currently a 100% sales tax exemption in place for the install of solar panels.

State Level Initiatives

Policies enacted at the state level determine whether customers in a state can afford to purchase personal solar systems or find electricity plans that are based on renewable fuel types. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) encourage or require electric companies to produce a certain amount of their electricity using green fuel sources. The state of Wisconsin currently only has limited or discretionary standards set up for power generators to follow. In addition, there are currently no low income solar programs to assist low income families to install solar panels.

Learn about going solar in Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin

Where does Wisconsin get its electricity?

Coal is the fuel source used for electricity generation in Wisconsin, accounting for 41.91% of generation. In addition, Natural Gas makes up 33.92% and Nuclear makes up 15.23%.

What is the average electric bill in Wisconsin?

The average electricity bill in the state of Wisconsin in 2022 is $103 while the countrywide average is $124.

What is a good electricity rate in Wisconsin?

Anything below the Wisconsin average of 14.77 cents per kilowatt hour is a good electricity rate. The rates in the state range from 7.42 cents to 21.18 cents per kilowatt hour, with Fennimore, Wisconsin Electric Utility currently having the lowest rates.

Which electricity company is the largest provider in Wisconsin?

By total customer count, WE Energies is the largest electricity company in Wisconsin.

Does Wisconsin have a deregulated electricity market?

No, Wisconsin has a regulated electricity market where consumers often have only a single supplier choice for their electricity needs.

How many electric companies offer service in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin has 115 electricity providers operating in the area.

How many power plants are located within Wisconsin?

Wisconsin has 49 power plants generating electricity for the state.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Wisconsin?

What power companies offer service in Wisconsin?

Last Reviewed By: Alex Zdanov
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-29