Electricity in Alabama

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in Alabama

  • Population
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    5,024,279
  • Total Production
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    142,955,135 MWh / 28.45 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    85,610,349 MWh / 17.04 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    16,198,558 MWh / 3.22 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    29,182,092,183 kg / 5,808.21 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    126,756,577 MWh / 25.23 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Alabama

Alabama residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in July.

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.138/kWh$0.098/kWh$199.58/mo.$101.25/mo.
29th13.16¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Alabama
50th$150.65Average residential monthly electricity bill for Alabama Residents

Energy Profile of Alabama

Alabama's Electricity Prices and Usage

Residents of Alabama enjoy a lower residential electricity rate than most people around the US, with an average state electric rate of 13.16 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the national average rate of 13.99 cents. This ranks Alabama as the 29th lowest priced state in the country by average electricity rate. The electricity market in the state is regulated, meaning consumers must choose their electricity supplier based on their location. Of the over 60 suppliers most consumers will have only one option. Alabama Power is the largest electricity supplier in the state based on total residential customers. The state released 29,182,092,182.63 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity use, causing it to be the 19th worst polluting state in the US based on total CO2 output. The state is ranked 6th highest in the United States in total electricity produced within its borders, with 142,955,135.35 megawatt hours generated. There has been a 34.34% increase in the amount of electricity generated from solar fields throughout the past 12 months, which is an increase of 126,632.19 megawatt hours a year.

Residential Electricity Providers in Alabama

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Alabama PowerBUNDLED14.07157.317,515,0142,464,564,00063,295,984.78
Huntsville UtilitiesBUNDLED10.76131.152,547,779274,264,000
Baldwin EMCBUNDLED11.62128.75975,575113,394,000
Athens UtilitiesBUNDLED9.92126.59658,61865,305,000
Riviera UtilitiesBUNDLED11.71141.76648,95176,004,000
Florence, Alabama Electric UtilityBUNDLED10.97135.93614,25967,409,709
Central Alabama Electric CooperativeBUNDLED13.49156.68586,10479,047,000
Joe Wheeler EMCBUNDLED12.45166.07574,68871,570,000
Cullman ElectricBUNDLED11.68138.8528,67061,767,000
Dothan UtilitiesBUNDLED9.56116.26379,94036,329,500

Power Plants in Alabama

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Limestone County Nuclear 31,053,552
Jefferson County Coal 20,528,965.2219,804,763,994.22964.72Yes
Houston County Nuclear 14,982,937
Mobile County Natural Gas 11,792,2866,501,611,908.68551.34
H Allen Franklin Combined CycleSouthern Company (100.00%)
Lee County Natural Gas 11,356,9944,229,570,241.26372.42
Hillabee Energy CenterExelon Corporation (100.00%)
Tallapoosa County Natural Gas 5,147,7921,906,647,215.76370.38
E B Harris Electric Generating PlantSouthern Company (100.00%)
Autauga County Natural Gas 4,700,5721,765,732,006.5375.64
Shelby County Coal 4,335,978.013,696,226,599.31852.46Yes
Central Alabama Generating StationAlabama Power (100.00%)
Autauga County Natural Gas 4,202,1531,671,121,940.88397.68
Morgan Energy CenterCalpine (100.00%)
Morgan County Natural Gas 4,031,2841,507,239,604.5373.89

Quick Facts

Alabama is ranked as the 16th largest consumer of electricity as over 85,600,000 megawatt hours are consumed by customers who live there.

pith a nationwide average residential electricity bill of $123.86, Alabama residents, on average, pay about 21.62% more than their fellow Americans per month for electricity.

With 495,374.67 megawatt hours generated using solar, Alabama is the 24th ranked state for total solar power generation.

Unfortunately, in the most recent 12 months, CO2 emissions from electricity consumption in Alabama have increased by 9.05%.

Alabama ranks 5th worst in the country for total generation of electricity from non-renewable sources, with 126,756,576.96 of the state's 142,955,135.35 megawatt hours coming from those fuel sources.

The burning of natural gas in Alabama yields a total of 53,786,700.12 megawatts of electricity, propelling the state into its ranking of 10th in the country for total natural gas generation.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Autauga County58,8053413.78$156.99/mo
Baldwin County231,767712.88$143.81/mo
Barbour County25,223413.16$149.70/mo
Bibb County22,293314.00$156.43/mo
Blount County59,134214.07$157.30/mo
Bullock County10,357413.14$151.98/mo
Butler County19,051415.49$162.21/mo
Calhoun County116,4415113.85$156.61/mo
Chambers County34,7726112.91$144.31/mo
Cherokee County24,971313.68$151.09/mo
Chilton County45,014313.78$156.99/mo
Choctaw County12,6653112.59$138.51/mo
Clarke County23,087413.42$139.51/mo
Clay County14,236413.25$149.40/mo
Cleburne County15,056214.07$157.30/mo
Coffee County53,465514.12$156.90/mo
Colbert County57,2274111.63$128.08/mo
Conecuh County11,597512.97$140.13/mo
Coosa County10,387313.78$156.99/mo
Covington County37,5706114.23$158.75/mo
Crenshaw County13,194614.03$155.91/mo
Cullman County87,866412.56$145.24/mo
Dale County49,326513.18$150.18/mo
Dallas County38,462514.71$158.47/mo
DeKalb County71,608411.32$129.95/mo
Elmore County87,977313.78$156.99/mo
Escambia County36,757412.93$140.07/mo
Etowah County103,4363114.06$157.15/mo
Fayette County16,321314.01$151.32/mo
Franklin County32,113413.41$147.03/mo
Geneva County26,659413.48$156.29/mo
Greene County7,7303112.59$138.51/mo
Hale County14,785312.59$138.51/mo
Henry County17,146413.17$150.12/mo
Houston County107,2024113.30$154.70/mo
Jackson County52,579311.32$135.02/mo
Jefferson County674,7214213.98$155.92/mo
Lamar County13,972313.94$143.71/mo
Lauderdale County93,5641210.97$135.93/mo
Lawrence County33,073512.91$161.90/mo
Lee County174,2415112.95$145.24/mo
Limestone County103,570119.92$126.59/mo
Lowndes County10,311514.78$159.70/mo
Macon County19,532413.14$151.45/mo
Madison County388,153110.76$131.15/mo
Marengo County19,323312.59$138.51/mo
Marion County29,341313.94$144.02/mo
Marshall County97,612710.97$130.27/mo
Mobile County414,8092214.07$157.30/mo
Monroe County19,7725113.49$147.80/mo
Montgomery County228,954413.25$152.62/mo
Morgan County123,4214212.24$160.67/mo
Perry County8,511412.93$142.92/mo
Pickens County19,123313.60$151.29/mo
Pike County33,009513.68$153.45/mo
Randolph County21,967312.93$145.05/mo
Russell County59,1833112.93$145.08/mo
Shelby County223,0243114.03$157.30/mo
St. Clair County91,103313.89$157.28/mo
Sumter County12,345312.76$140.69/mo
Talladega County82,149413.67$156.56/mo
Tallapoosa County41,3116113.06$146.03/mo
Tuscaloosa County227,036313.68$152.39/mo
Walker County65,342214.07$157.30/mo
Washington County15,388413.48$140.80/mo
Wilcox County10,600414.45$155.14/mo
Winston County23,540313.37$151.89/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Alabama residents average 5,808.21 kilograms of CO2 emissions per capita from electricity use. This equals a total emissions amount from electricity consumption of 29,182,092,182.63 kilograms. Approximately 37.62% of Alabama's electricity is generated using Natural Gas. Nuclear (32.20%) is also used in the production of electricity, as well as Coal (18.82%). Alabama has 25 electricity plants, which is the 36th highest in the country and 45th most when counting power plants per resident.

NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
37.62%
NUCLEAR
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
32.20%
COAL
Coal
Coal
18.82%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
8.76%
BLACK LIQUOUR
Black Liquour
1.62%
OTHER
Other
0.97%

Alabama Net Metering

Companies offering net metering in Alabama include Riviera Utilities, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, and Southern Pine Electric Cooperative. The state has nonexistent net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other alternative types of electricity generation more feasible.

Energy Loss

The state has 42 electricity providers who report energy loss during transmission activities. The average energy loss for these suppliers is 4.12%. The countrywide average is 2.76%, resulting in Alabama receiving a rank of 39th best in the nation for energy loss efficiency.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

Encouraging private citizens to install solar panels can be a challenge due to prohibitive installation costs. Governments can help the cause by enacting rebates and tax breaks for solar panel installs. Alabama, unfortunately, has no tax credits offered to residents who purchase solar. There are currently no state sponsored rebates available to consumers who are considering purchasing solar. The state of Alabama offers no property tax exemptions to homeowners who install private solar, making it less attractive for residents to do so. Fortunately, residents in the state have a 100% sales tax exemption for the install of solar. This is as good as it gets.

State Level Initiatives

Statewide legislation has a big role in affecting whether customers who are seeking renewable energy sources can easily find alternatives. Many states require green fuel sources to make up a percentage of the fuel used for electricity generation by electricity companies in the state. These guidelines are called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). The state of Alabama, unfortunately, has no standards in place. Additionally, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that encourage the installation of solar panels at low income households.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Alabama

Which electricity company is the largest supplier in Alabama?

The largest electricity supplier in Alabama by total revenue is Alabama Power.

Where does Alabama get its electricity?

The main fuel type used for electricity production in Alabama is Natural Gas, making up 37.62% of the fuel used in the state. In addition, Nuclear accounts for 32.20% and Coal makes up 18.82%.

Does Alabama have a deregulated electricity market?

No, Alabama has a regulated electricity market where consumers often have only a single provider choice for their electricity needs.

How much does electricity cost in Alabama?

Anything below the Alabama average of 13.16 cents per kilowatt hour would be a good electricity rate. The rates in the state range from 6.84 cents to 16.95 cents per kilowatt hour, with Lafayette Electric currently having the lowest rates.

How many electric companies offer service in Alabama?

There are 60 electricity providers operating in Alabama.

What is the average electric bill in Alabama?

In 2022, Alabama has an average electric bill of $151.

What power companies offer service in Alabama?

How many power plants are within Alabama?

Alabama is home to 25 electricity plants generating electricity for the state.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Alabama?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Lafayette Electric6.841,436
2City of Luverne Utilities7.581,829
3City of Opp Utilities8.673,157
4Sylacauga Utilities Board9.356,111
5Dothan Utilities9.5631,092
6MUB Albertville9.6310,395
7Troy Utilities9.688,074
8Athens Utilities9.9250,301
9Courtland, Alabama Electric Utility10.02775
10Decatur Electric10.1326,827

Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-30