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Electricity In Wisconsin

  • Population5,822,434
  • Total Consumption68,107,121 MWh / 11.7 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions37,136,274,398 kg
  • Total Production63,614,345 MWh / 10.93 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 Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.154/kWh$0.136/kWh$137.21/mo.$79.11/mo.
39th14.67¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Wisconsin
12th$101.56Average residential monthly electricity bill for Wisconsin Residents

Energy Profile of Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Electricity Prices and Usage

Wisconsin has an average electricity rate of 14.67 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 10.03% higher than the nationwide average price of 13.33 cents. Wisconsin ranks as the 39th lowest priced state in the United States using average electric rate. While there are over 120 electricity vendors in Florida, the electricity market is regulated and residents usually have only one or two electricity supplier choices based on where they live. WE Energies sells 23,240,556 megawatt hours in the state each year, which is more than any other vendor. The state's electrical grid experiences an average of 1 electrical outages per customer each year. These outages are on average 128.99 minutes. In contrast, the national average is 1.13 outages per consumer and 127.16 minutes per outage. The state is the 14th highest polluting state in the United State based on total CO2 emissions, with over 37,136,274,397.55 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity use. The state consumes over 68,100,000 megawatt hours for statewide electricity needs, ranking Wisconsin as the 22nd highest consuming state in the US.

Residential Electricity Providers in Wisconsin

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WE Energies15.73105.258,242,3821,296,448,37720,176,840.9527,818,204,946.03
Alliant Energy13.3697.683,681,697492,038,64110,630,720.7413,396,298,016.19
Wisconsin Public Service13.8088.833,034,350418,783,7349,861,623.2412,857,574,031.62
Northern States Power Company13.52101.111,924,613260,123,8901,389,4597,000,467,841.16
Madison Gas & Electric16.7089.81893,821149,269,0002,307,877.344,145,073,207.96
Adams Columbia Electric Cooperative16.19106.94272,01044,046,00091,175.64555,451,647.63
Riverland Energy Cooperative13.88156.13232,22632,233,400No DataIcon representing missing value.156,028,689.28
Barron Electric Cooperative13.58122.83200,52427,223,000No DataIcon representing missing value.184,586,510.8
Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative13.56161.45189,23425,657,000No DataIcon representing missing value.125,953,919.08
Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative14.74117.68183,87327,104,300No DataIcon representing missing value.131,330,677.88

Power Plants in Wisconsin

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Point Beach Nuclear PlantNextEra Energy (100.00%)
Manitowoc County Nuclear 10,079,343159,789,904.8615.85No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Oak Creek Coal 8,196,387.017,122,427,895.25868.97No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Port Washington Generating StationWE Energies (100.00%)
Port Washington Natural Gas 7,710,4062,803,920,308.98363.65No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Columbia County Coal 5,791,781.995,838,010,529.071,007.98Yes12/2024
Outagamie County Natural Gas 4,202,8271,549,411,957.8368.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Rothschild Coal 4,184,7023,907,763,598.55933.82No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
South Oak CreekWE Energies (100.00%)
Oak Creek Coal 4,133,829.024,051,851,149.75980.17YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Rock County Natural Gas 2,223,796832,968,989.44374.57No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Riverside Energy CenterAlliant Energy (100.00%)
Beloit Natural Gas 2,173,309838,606,296.08385.87No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Sheboygan County Coal 1,771,011.011,844,713,062.471,041.62Yes12/2022

Quick Facts

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Wisconsin uses 7.06% more megawatt hours than it generates.

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Wisconsin is the 35th highest generator of megawatt hours per capita, with a population of 5,822,434 and recent annual megawatt hour production of 63,614,344.82.

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Non-renewable fuel types are used in the production of 90.87% of the megawatt hours produced in Wisconsin, ranking it 23rd worst for total megawatt hours generated from non-renewable sources.

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Wisconsin is 11th in the US in megawatt hours produced from coal usage.

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Wisconsin has emissions of 6,378.14 kilograms per capita of CO2 emissions, compared to the national average of 4,582.45.

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Wisconsin uses non-renewable fuel sources to generate 9.93 megawatt hours per citizen, making them the 29th highest state for non-renewable production per capita.

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Adams County20,2204113.44$92.37/mo
Ashland County15,5624116.63$109.96/mo
Barron County45,2445412.89$98.57/mo
Bayfield County15,0364No DataIcon representing missing value.15.86$108.88/mo
Brown County264,5423413.86$89.33/mo
Buffalo County13,0313113.70$128.27/mo
Burnett County15,4144414.42$104.98/mo
Calumet County50,0895113.13$83.16/mo
Chippewa County64,6589911.78$97.91/mo
Clark County34,7745No DataIcon representing missing value.13.46$130.98/mo
Columbia County57,5326212.64$86.55/mo
Crawford County16,1315No DataIcon representing missing value.13.58$131.52/mo
Dane County546,695131412.29$89.28/mo
Dodge County87,8399212.04$82.93/mo
Door County27,6685No DataIcon representing missing value.13.84$89.10/mo
Douglas County43,1505215.99$110.90/mo
Dunn County45,3685313.68$119.65/mo
Eau Claire County104,6464113.88$125.28/mo
Florence County4,2955214.31$79.42/mo
Fond du Lac County103,4035312.35$87.45/mo
Forest County9,0043No DataIcon representing missing value.14.07$91.15/mo
Grant County51,4396311.32$88.60/mo
Green County36,9607No DataIcon representing missing value.12.57$102.44/mo
Green Lake County18,9133112.61$84.64/mo
Iowa County23,6786112.60$103.31/mo
Iron County5,6874No DataIcon representing missing value.16.35$109.93/mo
Jackson County20,6439No DataIcon representing missing value.11.96$94.98/mo
Jefferson County84,7696412.42$85.15/mo
Juneau County26,6875711.10$80.22/mo
Kenosha County169,5613115.40$104.20/mo
Kewaunee County20,4344113.07$79.11/mo
La Crosse County118,0166213.02$103.00/mo
Lafayette County16,6659211.52$89.32/mo
Langlade County19,1893No DataIcon representing missing value.13.72$90.52/mo
Lincoln County27,5936413.99$97.25/mo
Manitowoc County78,9817511.66$70.05/mo
Marathon County135,6929512.56$91.05/mo
Marinette County40,3504914.02$91.66/mo
Marquette County15,5743No DataIcon representing missing value.15.78$94.69/mo
Menominee County4,5564No DataIcon representing missing value.13.44$98.84/mo
Milwaukee County945,7262715.73$105.25/mo
Monroe County46,2538312.35$92.79/mo
Oconto County37,9305114.06$100.11/mo
Oneida County35,5955213.81$95.51/mo
Outagamie County187,88551312.71$86.82/mo
Ozaukee County89,2214113.81$92.45/mo
Pepin County7,2876No DataIcon representing missing value.13.94$130.20/mo
Pierce County42,7547No DataIcon representing missing value.13.24$116.26/mo
Polk County43,7836314.01$101.26/mo
Portage County70,7726411.84$81.13/mo
Price County13,3513317.02$105.45/mo
Racine County196,3112215.73$105.25/mo
Richland County17,2526212.80$109.21/mo
Rock County163,3547812.35$94.06/mo
Rusk County14,1786614.47$109.12/mo
Sauk County64,4428112.19$86.40/mo
Sawyer County16,5587215.85$104.64/mo
Shawano County40,8998No DataIcon representing missing value.13.37$89.25/mo
Sheboygan County115,3404215.03$100.12/mo
St. Croix County90,6878212.05$99.10/mo
Taylor County20,3436114.39$123.22/mo
Trempealeau County29,6496213.40$108.05/mo
Vernon County30,8229412.42$103.94/mo
Vilas County22,1959No DataIcon representing missing value.14.61$93.55/mo
Walworth County103,8685No DataIcon representing missing value.13.82$114.61/mo
Washburn County15,7205113.96$111.17/mo
Washington County136,0346312.74$83.87/mo
Waukesha County404,1984113.92$95.50/mo
Waupaca County50,9908No DataIcon representing missing value.13.53$90.91/mo
Waushara County24,4434No DataIcon representing missing value.14.59$101.68/mo
Winnebago County171,9076212.81$82.45/mo
Wood County72,9997711.37$84.41/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

The state of Wisconsin has the 14th highest amount of total CO2 pollution from electricity consumption of all of the states in the country, with the electricity usage in the state being accountable for 37,136,274,397.55 kilograms of CO2 emissions per year. The state also ranks 14th highest in emissions per capita, averaging 6,378.14 kilograms of CO2 emissions emissions per citizen. This is, perhaps, the more important of the two metrics. Power facilities in the state mainly use Coal, which accounts for 26,831,681.04 megawatt hours (or 42.18%) of the fuel types used for electricity production in the state. Also used is Natural Gas at 32.63% and Nuclear at 15.84%. There are 176 electricity plants in Wisconsin, which is the 16th most plants in a state in the country and equates to the 24th highest number of plants per capita.

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Wisconsin Net Metering

Out of the 116 companies in Wisconsin, 64.66% of them offer net metering to their consumers. At the state level, Wisconsin has heavily restricted net metering and feed in tariff regulations.

Energy Loss

There are 108 companies in Wisconsin that reported energy loss, including WE Energies, Alliant Energy, and Wisconsin Public Service. Combined, these 108 electricity providers average a yearly energy loss of 2.37% of electricity produced. For comparison, the United States average energy loss is 2.72%. Wisconsin ranks 43rd worst in the US for grid efficiency based on energy loss.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

When it comes to encouraging solar panel installs at private residences, one of the best uses of government resources is tax breaks and rebates for solar installs. 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 consumers. Fortunately, Wisconsin offers a 100% tax exemption to homeowners.. There is currently a 100% sales tax exemption in place for the install of private solar panels at a place of residence.

State Level Initiatives

Legislation enacted at the state level affects whether customers in a state can afford to install personal solar systems or shop for electric plans that are based on renewable fuel sources. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for electricity providers who do business in the state. These standards require that a certain amount of electricity must be produced using green fuel sources. Regrettably, the state of Wisconsin has only limited or optional standards program set up. Additionally, there are currently no low income solar programs to assist low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Wisconsin

Does Wisconsin have a deregulated electricity market?

No, the state has a regulated market, where citizens’ electricity provider options are usually determined by their location or state legislation.

Where does Wisconsin get its electricity?

Wisconsin’s electricity is produced using primarily Coal, which makes up 42.18% of the fuel used in the state. Natural Gas and Nuclear also account for 32.63% and 15.84% respectively.

What is the average electric bill in Wisconsin?

In 2021, Wisconsin has an average electricity bill of $102, while the nationwide average is $120.

How many power plants are located in Wisconsin?

There are 176 active power plants in Wisconsin

Which electricity company is the largest supplier in Wisconsin?

By total megawatt hours sold, WE Energies is the largest electricity supplier in Wisconsin.

What is a good electricity rate in Wisconsin?

The average price per kilowatt hour of electricity in Wisconsin in 2021 is 14.67 cents.

What power companies offer service in Wisconsin?

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1WE Energies1,146,427
2Alliant Energy481,751
3Wisconsin Public Service447,746
4Northern States Power Company255,183
5Madison Gas & Electric159,563
6Adams Columbia Electric Cooperative37,607
7Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative20,800
8Barron Electric Cooperative18,850
9Riverland Energy Cooperative18,259
10Manitowoc Public Utilities18,145

How many electric companies offer service in Wisconsin?

There are 116 electricity companies offering service in Wisconsin.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Wisconsin?

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1Argyle, Wisconsin Electric Utility Company8.30498
2Fennimore, Wisconsin Electric Utility8.451,448
3Merrillan, Wisconsin Electric Utility8.60424
4Medford Electric8.733,253
5Bloomer, Wisconsin Utilities8.952,096
6Consolidated Water Power Company9.18102
7Marshfield Utilities9.3413,567
8Sheboygan Falls Utilities9.444,676
9New Lisbon, Wisconsin Electric Utility9.59895
10Belmont Electric9.71575

Last Reviewed By: Alex Zdanov
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-14