North Dakota’s Electric Costs Are Second Lowest in the Nation, Yet We Pay More Per Month Than Minnesota

Why are Minnesota’s average electric bills of $108, so much less than ND’s $140 a month on average? North Dakota cost per KWH of electricity of 8.1 cents per KWH, that’s more than 20% less than Minnesota. How can this be?
Answer: North Dakota’s average homes and businesses are not as energy efficient. Conservation is conservative, let’s not waste watts and money.
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Thanks to good work by Malini Srivastava and her team has answers for simple ways we can all save money and energy. Through their hard work developing partnerships with the city, schools, power providers, and mostly young students efargo is in 3rd place in the Georgetown University Energy ChallengeScreenshot 2016-03-14 11.49.26
This article in today’s Forum by Ryan Johnson, helps explain why efargo’s work is so important:
North Dakota is the country’s sixth most energy-expensive state, according to a new analysis from WalletHub. Special to The Forum
FARGO—North Dakotans spend a chunk of change on their energy bills each month, according to a new analysis.
Finance website WalletHub looked into average monthly energy bills for electricity, natural gas, automobile fuel and home heating oil in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to come up with new rankings released last week that found North Dakota is the country’s sixth most energy-expensive state, while Minnesota was the 20th most expensive.
North Dakota’s average monthly bill of $328 ranked among the highest in the country in part because the state had the highest electricity consumption per consumer, not to mention the third-highest monthly cost of motor fuel at $149.
Minnesota had an average monthly bill of $299. Residents there spent more on automobile fuel ($128, No. 8) and natural gas ($57, No. 10) than the national average, but the state’s ranking was improved by spending less on electricity—$108 compared to North Dakota’s $140 each month.
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Here’s our North Dakota ranking as second lowest cost per kilowatt hour in the nation 8.1 cents kwh compared to Minnesota’s 10.9 cents kwh.

But there’s huge variation from state to state. Here’s a map of residential electricity prices, according to the Energy Information Administration.
People in Hawaii pay the most for electricity, about 33 cents per kWh. A Hawaiian household whose electricity use was around the national average would have a monthly electric bill over $300. The high cost of crude oil used to generate the state’s electricity is driving the price, EIA energy economist Tyler Hodge told me.
Idaho had the lowest price, at about 8 cents per kWh. So the typical US household would pay about $73 for electricity each month in Idaho. Hodge says Idaho generates much of its electricity from hydroelectric dams, which require virtually no fuel. Also, the cost of constructing the dams have been spread out over many decades. This all has kept electricity prices in Idaho low.

Rank State Price (in cents)
1 Idaho 8.0
2 North Dakota 8.1
3 Washington 8.2
4 Arkansas 8.7
5 Utah 8.8
6 Louisiana 8.9
7 Wyoming 8.9
8 South Dakota 9.0
9 Nebraska 9.0
10 Kentucky 9.0
11 West Virginia 9.2
12 Oklahoma 9.2
13 Oregon 9.4
14 Montana 9.6
15 Missouri 9.7
16 Tennessee 9.8
17 Indiana 10.0
18 North Carolina 10.2
19 Mississippi 10.3
20 Iowa 10.5
21 Kansas 10.5
22 Virginia 10.5
23 New Mexico 10.7
24 Minnesota 10.9
25 South Carolina 11.0
26 Arizona 11.1
27 Georgia 11.1
28 Alabama 11.1
29 Colorado 11.2
30 Ohio 11.2
31 Texas 11.3
32 Illinois 11.7
33 Florida 11.7
34 Nevada 11.7
35 Michigan 13.0
36 Wisconsin 13.0
37 Pennsylvania 13.2
38 Maryland 13.7
39 District of Columbia 13.7
40 Delaware 13.7
41 Massachusetts 14.8
42 Rhode Island 14.9
43 California 15.2
44 Maine 15.5
45 Vermont 16.1
46 New Jersey 16.3
47 New Hampshire 16.5
48 Alaska 17.5
49 Connecticut 18.1
50 New York 18.1
51 Hawaii 33.2


Fargo's green showcase Wednesday

You’re invited to our Fargo Renewable Energy and Conservation showcase in the Fargo Commission chambers at Fargo City Hall.

Please join us to learn about and celebrate some of Fargo’s more innovative conservation projects that save and pay while protecting our environment.   The event begins at 1:15 Wednesday Sept 11th. 

Program:  10 minute presentations from six conservation leaders in our community. The event will be broadcast live on Fargo Cable Access 12.

  • 1:15 Welcome: Fargo Commissioner Mike Williams will give 5 minutes of highlights on Fargo’s Renewable Energy Committee and introduce the presenters
  • Carmen Miller of the PEW Research Foundation will give an update on our country’s status for renewable energy development and use in the world
  • Dr. John Bagu NDSU professor in Electrical Engineering. He’ll share what he’s learned having installed solar panels on his house in Fargo for his primary energy this past year
  • Michael Burns Architect and entrepreneur will show some of the innovative, architectual interesting, and energy efficient, renovated buildings he’s been a part of such as Renaissance Hall first LEEDs certified building in Fargo.
  • Gregg Schildberg and Kevin Trana of FM Matbus will explain how they’ve helped generate interest and engage people to use our growing transit system. The ridership has increased from 800,000 annual riders in 2004 to now over 2.1 million
  • Malini Srivistav NDSU Adjunct Architecture professor speaks about how she and her students designed and built an award winning Passive House using many recycled and repurposed materials
  • Brian Reinarts Landscape Architect and project designer at Land Elements will give us background on the green roof projects they designed in Fargo at the Hotel Donaldson and 102 on Broadway (Former Straus building)

 Presentations will end at 2:30 and there will be 20 minutes for questions to any of the presenters.

Thank you and hope to see you there. Please forward this invitation to friends that may be interested.