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Electricity In Alabama

  • Population4,903,185
  • Total Consumption84,988,826 MWh / 17.33 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions30,407,586,338 kg
  • Total Production137,247,064 MWh / 27.99 MWh per capita

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Alabama

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

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.137/kWh$0.112/kWh$196.41/mo.$109.03/mo.
34th12.85¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Alabama
50th$151.89Average residential monthly electricity bill for Alabama Residents

Energy Profile of Alabama

Alabama's Electricity Prices and Usage

The average electricity rate in Alabama in 2021 is 12.85 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 3.57% lower than the national average of 13.33 cents. The state has a regulated electricity market, meaning consumers may have only a few provider options to choose from when shopping for their electricity. With a population of 4,903,185 residents, the state is the 24th largest state in the United States. The state produces 11.41% of their electricity using renewable fuel sources, which ranks them 30th in the nation for ratio of sustainable fuel sources to non-renewable sources. The state ranks 6th in the US in total electricity produced within its borders, with 137,247,064.1 megawatt hours produced. Producing 27.99 megawatt hours per citizen living in the state, Alabama ranks as the 4th largest per capita producer of electricity in the United States.

Electricity Providers in Alabama

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Alabama Power 13.83160.5118,047,4792,496,284,00056,053,340.3922,582,434,115.58
Huntsville Utilities10.15128.872,577,008261,667,000No DataIcon representing missing value.1,800,252,367.85
Baldwin EMC11.77134.34977,611115,056,000No DataIcon representing missing value.528,184,458.93
Athens Utilities10.11137.39668,83467,625,000No DataIcon representing missing value.445,313,965.31
Riviera Utilities11.80148.94644,68276,099,000No DataIcon representing missing value.395,905,874.47
Florence, Alabama Electric Utility10.40133.71636,25766,155,925No DataIcon representing missing value.408,347,432.46
Central Alabama Electric Cooperative13.29159.11602,04080,041,000No DataIcon representing missing value.250,915,605.59
Joe Wheeler EMC11.82163.61591,59669,928,000No DataIcon representing missing value.561,649,008.41
Cullman Electric11.77149.28551,48364,894,000No DataIcon representing missing value.376,898,634.34
Dothan Utilities9.49120.06391,26537,131,000No DataIcon representing missing value.355,721,796.01

Power Plants in Alabama

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Browns FerryTennessee Valley Authority (100.00%)
Nuclear 28,706,714436,494,008.1815.21YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
James H Miller JrAlabama Power (96.21%)PowerSouth Energy Cooperative (3.79%)
Coal 18,492,312.1517,829,997,158.02964.18YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Joseph M FarleyAlabama Power (100.00%)
Nuclear 12,673,115161,534,123.412.75No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
BarryAlabama Power (100.00%)
Natural Gas 11,679,854.016,216,256,161.06532.22No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
H Allen Franklin Combined CycleSouthern Company (100.00%)
Natural Gas 11,449,5874,278,338,058.68373.67No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
E B Harris Electric Generating PlantSouthern Company (100.00%)
Natural Gas 5,186,7371,936,479,192.62373.35No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
E C Gaston
Coal 5,049,880.014,334,591,896.68858.36YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Hillabee Energy CenterExelon Corporation (100.00%)
Natural Gas 4,898,1771,830,871,858.34373.79No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Tenaska Central Alabama Generating StnAlabama Power (100.00%)
Natural Gas 4,312,2111,703,218,677.72394.98No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
McWilliamsPowerSouth Energy Cooperative (100.00%)
Natural Gas 4,102,8191,633,646,989.38398.18No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Alabama consumes 61.92% of the electricity that is produced in their power plants, this means they must export or store the excess.

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Alabama is 14th in the US for megawatt hours per capita produced from coal, averaging 5.18 megawatt hours per person a year.

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Throughout the last year, Alabama has had a 0.31% increase in population.

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During the last 12 months, Alabama had a 0.90% rise in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per capita.

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With 25,400,804.64 megawatt hours of electricity generated from coal, Alabama is 13th in the US for total megawatt hours produced from coal.

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Alabama emits 6,201.6 kilograms per capita of CO2 equivalent gases. It is the 16th highest polluting state per capita.

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Autauga County55,8694 providers513.81$160.65/mo
Baldwin County223,23411 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.25$143.45/mo
Barbour County24,68611 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.11$152.58/mo
Bibb County22,3946 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.08$150.84/mo
Blount County57,82614 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.92$144.92/mo
Bullock County10,1019 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.33$141.51/mo
Butler County19,4488 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.33$146.76/mo
Calhoun County113,6058 providers313.05$153.98/mo
Chambers County33,25413 providers211.03$123.54/mo
Cherokee County26,19610 providers113.01$151.47/mo
Chilton County44,4284 providers113.56$159.81/mo
Choctaw County12,5897 providers112.27$139.20/mo
Clarke County23,6229 providers112.37$139.79/mo
Clay County13,2358 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.21$145.99/mo
Cleburne County14,9108 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.30$151.17/mo
Coffee County52,34219 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.16$149.57/mo
Colbert County55,24114 providers111.45$140.79/mo
Conecuh County12,06715 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.69$141.66/mo
Coosa County10,6637 providers112.49$146.34/mo
Covington County37,04915 providers312.59$140.44/mo
Crenshaw County13,77210 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.81$141.95/mo
Cullman County83,76814 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.79$144.29/mo
Dale County49,17210 providers113.06$152.52/mo
Dallas County37,1965 providers114.01$156.99/mo
DeKalb County71,51312 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.83$142.69/mo
Elmore County81,2097 providers513.15$152.33/mo
Escambia County36,63313 providers112.56$143.97/mo
Etowah County102,26811 providers113.03$152.42/mo
Fayette County16,3024 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.74$148.86/mo
Franklin County31,36210 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.55$146.65/mo
Geneva County26,27115 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.38$145.97/mo
Greene County8,1115 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.38$142.18/mo
Hale County14,6513 providers112.38$142.18/mo
Henry County17,20510 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.64$151.11/mo
Houston County105,88213 providers212.10$145.79/mo
Jackson County51,6269 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.25$139.50/mo
Jefferson County658,5738 providers313.22$152.79/mo
Lamar County13,8056 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.73$147.84/mo
Lauderdale County92,72910 providers110.70$139.09/mo
Lawrence County32,92415 providers111.60$144.23/mo
Lee County164,54211 providers412.31$137.87/mo
Limestone County98,9158 providers110.41$138.29/mo
Lowndes County9,7267 providers113.60$154.99/mo
Macon County18,06810 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.59$139.83/mo
Madison County372,9098 providers110.39$134.70/mo
Marengo County18,8635 providers112.47$140.08/mo
Marion County29,7097 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.43$148.81/mo
Marshall County96,77415 providers211.42$141.34/mo
Mobile County413,2108 providers712.53$148.31/mo
Monroe County20,73314 providers212.75$142.49/mo
Montgomery County226,48610 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.14$155.38/mo
Morgan County119,67912 providers311.04$143.03/mo
Perry County8,9235 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.24$150.05/mo
Pickens County19,9307 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.10$146.19/mo
Pike County33,11411 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.49$141.31/mo
Randolph County22,72211 providers111.72$136.09/mo
Russell County57,96112 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.01$148.70/mo
Shelby County217,7027 providers113.11$153.33/mo
St. Clair County89,5125 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.17$156.85/mo
Sumter County12,4277 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.38$142.18/mo
Talladega County79,9787 providers212.25$147.02/mo
Tallapoosa County40,36711 providers112.27$139.43/mo
Tuscaloosa County209,3556 providers212.90$147.73/mo
Walker County63,5216 providers212.93$149.60/mo
Washington County16,32610 providers312.48$141.06/mo
Wilcox County10,3736 providers213.09$143.27/mo
Winston County23,6297 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.54$148.51/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

For every person in the state there are 6,201.6 kilograms of CO2 and CO2 equivalent pollution. At 6,201.6 kilograms per person and 4,903,185 people in the state, the state emits 30,407,586,337.94 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases. This is the 19th highest rank in the nation for total pollution. The state has 75 power plants, which is the 37th most in the US and 45th most when considering plants per resident in the state. In Alabama, Natural Gas makes up 39.91% of the fuel types utilized for electricity production. Totaling Natural Gas with Nuclear (30.15%) and Coal (18.51%), these three fuel types account for 88.57% electricity generation in the state.

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Net Metering

Out of the 61 suppliers in Alabama, 5 of them have made it a point to offer net metering to their consumers. The state of Alabama has nonexistent state level net metering regulations.

Energy Loss

The average energy loss for companies in Alabama is 4.56%. This includes data from 56 providers, including Alabama Power , Huntsville Utilities, and Baldwin EMC. For comparison, the nationwide average electricity loss is 2.72%. Alabama ranks 12th worst in the nation for energy loss.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

When it comes to stimulating solar panel installs at private residences, one of the best uses of government resources is tax breaks and rebates for solar installs. Alabama currently offers no state tax credit to consumers who install solar at their place of residence. The state offers no rebates to citizens who are installing solar panels. There are currently no property tax exemptions for citizens in Alabama. Luckily, citizens in the state have a 100% sales tax exemption for the purchase of private solar panels at a place of residence. It doesn’t get any better than this.

State Level Initiatives

Policies drawn up at the state level affect whether customers in a state can afford to purchase personal solar systems or find electric plans that are based on renewable fuel sources. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) encourage or require electricity suppliers to produce a certain amount of their electricity using green energy. The state of Alabama, unfortunately, has no standards in place. Additionally, there are currently no low income solar programs to encourage low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Alabama

What is a good electricity rate in Alabama?

Anything below the Alabama average of 12.85 cents per kilowatt hour should be considered a good rate. The rates in the state range from 5.86 cents to 16.64 cents per kilowatt hour, with Lafayette Electric currently having the lowest rates.

Where does Alabama get its electricity?

Natural Gas is the primary fuel used for electricity generation in Alabama, accounting for 39.91% of production.

What is the average electric bill in Alabama?

The average electricity bill in the state of Alabama in 2021 is $152 while the United States average is $120.