Wind Energy Reduces Your Electric Bill
Many of us view our utility bill as just one item we must pay each month. We rarely think how the right combination of energy from our utility company keeps our utility bill lower than other states.
On February 13, 2018, the US Energy Information Administration listed North Dakota as one of the five states with the lowest electrical rate at 10.2 cents per kilowatt hour and Hawaii residents pay the most at 27.5 cents per kilowatt hour. This fact isn’t a coincidence as North Dakota is one of the top ten wind producing states in the country. While most of this wind energy produced is exported, just like oil and gas, North Dakotans see the benefits of wind energy in their own electrical bills. According to a study by the New York Times, North Dakotas obtain at least 20% of their electricity from wind generation.
A study completed by the Department of Energy, shows that consumers experienced more than a seven percent increase in their utility bill in states using less wind energy. While we may not always feel our utility bill is lower, the fact is wind energy helps keep your energy costs lower. Over the last five years, the Department of Energy has stated wind energy costs have fallen due to efficiencies and improved technology. In several recent North Dakota Legislative hearings, wind is shown to be the lowest cost electricity dispatched in North Dakota. ND utility companies, in response to demand for more electricity, incorporated wind generation into their energy mix to keep our utility bills lower.
Up next, wind pays its fair share of North Dakota taxes…urban legend vs. the facts.