Washington Electricity Costs Lowest in Country

Map of USA with Average Prices for Residential Electricity by state, 2017 Figures, in cents per kWh

Washington state has much to tout. We are blessed to live just hours from world-famous mountains, ocean views and waterfalls. Washington is home to some of the country’s most innovative technology companies. And don’t forget to brag about the most affordable electricity in the nation.

Benton REA charges residential members $0.0783 per kilowatt hour. Combining this kWh rate and our monthly base charge, the average price per kWh in 2017 was 8.6 cents. That is 1.1 cents less than the Washington state average residential rate. According to the most recent data available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Washington charged the lowest price for residential electricity at $0.0966 per kWh. Louisiana charged just slightly higher at $0.097 per kWh.

“The Northwest is blessed with renewable, carbon-free energy that also happens to be the least expensive to produce.”

Troy Berglund, community relations and member services manager at Benton REA

It can be easy to take for granted the hydropower and nuclear energy produced in Washington. Our energy is not only affordable, but it is friendly to our environment. Most states rely heavily on coal and natural gas to produce the electricity needed for their thriving cities and rural communities.

Eighty-six percent of Benton REA’s energy comes from hydropower, 8 percent from nuclear and less than 6 percent from natural gas and other fuels. You can view Benton REA’s 2017 Fuel Mix Report on page 25 of your February Ruralite magazine.

So, take the money you’re saving just by using electricity in Washington, to treat your out-of-state friends to a trip in this amazing corner of the country.

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