Our Pricing

We're taking proactive steps to keep the price our customers pay for electricity as economical as possible. New technologies and infrastructure investments, which cost less than other options to produce and move low-cost electricity, will help to keep the price our customers pay among the lowest in the region. And our conservation programs can help customers use electricity wisely and save even more.

Anticipated cost changes

While we’ve selected low-cost options to meet customer needs, they still come with a price. We anticipate that all customers averaged together will see a bill increase of about 3 to 4 percent a year from 2010 through 2020. The increases will vary by state, year, and size.

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Competitive rates

We're dedicated to keeping our prices below state and national averages.

Residential rates (cents/kWh)
  Minnesota North Dakota South Dakota
State average 12.47 9.74 11.57
Otter Tail Power Company 10.09 8.87 9.35
Residential rates (cents/kWh)
United States residential average 12.99
Otter Tail Power Company total system average* 9.43


Source: Typical Bills and Average Rates Report, Edison Electric Institute, Summer 2016
*Weighted average based on customers in each state

Maintaining manageable rates

We are resourceful, stretch our budgets, and make prudent decisions as we:

  • Control our expenses while optimizing power plant efficiencies.
  • Improve and expand our load-management system, which includes energy control.
  • Emphasize energy efficiency and conservation.
  • Manage the size of our workforce.

Learn how you can help manage your energy costs.