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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
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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 April.

Historical Electric Rates:

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 residential 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 highest 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.

Residential Electricity Providers in Alabama

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Alabama Power13.83160.5118,047,4792,496,284,00060,277,451.2822,143,494,658.68
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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Limestone County Nuclear 28,706,714436,494,008.1815.21YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Jefferson County Coal 18,492,312.1517,829,997,158.02964.18YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Houston County Nuclear 12,673,115161,534,123.412.75No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Bucks CDP 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%)
Lee County 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%)
Autauga County Natural Gas 5,186,7371,936,479,192.62373.35No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Shelby County Coal 5,049,880.014,334,591,896.68858.36YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Hillabee Energy CenterExelon Corporation (100.00%)
Tallapoosa County Natural Gas 4,898,1771,830,871,858.34373.79No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Central Alabama Generating StationAlabama Power (100.00%)
Autauga County Natural Gas 4,312,2111,703,218,677.72394.98No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Covington County 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 CO2 emissions per capita.

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Alabama residents are faced with an average monthly residential electricity expense of $151.89, which is 26.46% higher than the US average bill.

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Residents in the state of Alabama experience an average of 1.22 electrical outages per year, with an average of 75.25 minutes per outage.

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Autauga County55,8693413.56$159.81/mo
Baldwin County223,2347No DataIcon representing missing value.12.38$145.96/mo
Barbour County24,6864No DataIcon representing missing value.13.06$154.11/mo
Bibb County22,3942No DataIcon representing missing value.13.83$160.51/mo
Blount County57,8262No DataIcon representing missing value.13.83$160.51/mo
Bullock County10,1014No DataIcon representing missing value.13.00$155.78/mo
Butler County19,4484No DataIcon representing missing value.15.22$165.25/mo
Calhoun County113,6054313.62$160.62/mo
Chambers County33,2545110.38$117.12/mo
Cherokee County26,1963113.58$157.74/mo
Chilton County44,4283213.57$159.82/mo
Choctaw County12,5893112.38$142.18/mo
Clarke County23,6223113.30$145.51/mo
Clay County13,2354No DataIcon representing missing value.12.98$152.82/mo
Cleburne County14,9102No DataIcon representing missing value.13.83$160.51/mo
Coffee County52,3425No DataIcon representing missing value.14.18$157.45/mo
Colbert County55,2414111.15$141.45/mo
Conecuh County12,0674No DataIcon representing missing value.12.77$144.07/mo
Coosa County10,6633No DataIcon representing missing value.13.56$159.81/mo
Covington County37,0495313.63$149.94/mo
Crenshaw County13,7726No DataIcon representing missing value.11.75$135.11/mo
Cullman County83,7685No DataIcon representing missing value.12.01$141.93/mo
Dale County49,1725113.09$154.57/mo
Dallas County37,1965No DataIcon representing missing value.14.34$160.34/mo
DeKalb County71,5134111.45$137.21/mo
Elmore County81,2093513.56$159.81/mo
Escambia County36,6334No DataIcon representing missing value.12.73$143.96/mo
Etowah County102,2683113.83$160.44/mo
Fayette County16,3023No DataIcon representing missing value.13.79$154.93/mo
Franklin County31,3624No DataIcon representing missing value.13.19$151.96/mo
Geneva County26,2714No DataIcon representing missing value.12.62$149.31/mo
Greene County8,1113112.38$142.18/mo
Hale County14,6513112.41$142.55/mo
Henry County17,2054113.08$154.53/mo
Houston County105,8824213.16$158.30/mo
Jackson County51,6263No DataIcon representing missing value.11.44$143.03/mo
Jefferson County658,5733313.76$159.40/mo
Lamar County13,8053No DataIcon representing missing value.13.73$147.85/mo
Lauderdale County92,7291310.40$133.71/mo
Lawrence County32,9246No DataIcon representing missing value.12.39$160.46/mo
Lee County164,5425412.49$142.80/mo
Limestone County98,9151210.11$137.39/mo
Lowndes County9,7264214.67$163.42/mo
Macon County18,0684No DataIcon representing missing value.13.21$141.71/mo
Madison County372,9091No DataIcon representing missing value.10.15$128.87/mo
Marengo County18,8633No DataIcon representing missing value.12.38$142.18/mo
Marion County29,7093No DataIcon representing missing value.13.74$148.14/mo
Marshall County96,7747110.95$138.23/mo
Mobile County413,2103612.55$148.74/mo
Monroe County20,7335113.29$151.48/mo
Montgomery County226,4864No DataIcon representing missing value.13.25$157.22/mo
Morgan County119,6795311.63$158.24/mo
Perry County8,9234No DataIcon representing missing value.12.70$146.33/mo
Pickens County19,9303No DataIcon representing missing value.13.33$154.15/mo
Pike County33,1145No DataIcon representing missing value.12.97$142.95/mo
Randolph County22,7223112.65$148.32/mo
Russell County57,9613112.65$148.35/mo
Shelby County217,7023113.79$160.58/mo
St. Clair County89,5123No DataIcon representing missing value.13.65$160.85/mo
Sumter County12,4273No DataIcon representing missing value.12.53$143.97/mo
Talladega County79,9784312.14$145.45/mo
Tallapoosa County40,3676112.87$150.51/mo
Tuscaloosa County209,3553213.50$156.32/mo
Walker County63,5212113.83$160.51/mo
Washington County16,3265212.57$142.78/mo
Wilcox County10,3734214.31$159.63/mo
Winston County23,6294No DataIcon representing missing value.12.77$149.57/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

For every person in the state there are 6,201.6 kilograms of CO2 pollution. Total emissions from electricity use in the state is 30,407,586,337.94 kilograms, which is the 19th highest total amount of pollution for any state. About 39.91% of electricity in the state of Alabama comes from generation using Natural Gas. Also used is Nuclear at 30.15% and Coal at 18.51%. Alabama has 68 electricity producing plants, which is the 38th most in the United States and 45th most when counting plants per person in the state.

NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
39.91%
NUCLEAR
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
30.15%
COAL
Coal
Coal
18.51%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Conventional Hydroelectric
8.74%
BLACK LIQUOUR Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Black Liquour
1.76%
OTHER
Other
0.92%

Alabama 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

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 many power plants are located in Alabama?

There are 68 power plants located in Alabama

Where does Alabama get its electricity?

Alabama’s electricity is produced using primarily Natural Gas, which makes up 39.91% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuel types are Nuclear and Coal, which make up 30.15% and 18.51% of total production respectively.

What is the average electric bill in Alabama?

The Alabama average electric bill is $152 so far in 2021.

What electricity company is the largest provider in Alabama?

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

What is a good electricity rate in Alabama?

The average rate per kilowatt hour of electricity in Alabama in 2021 is 12.85 cents.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Alabama?

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1Lafayette Electric5.861,481
2City of Luverne Utilities7.571,811
3City of Opp Utilities8.583,178
4Dothan Utilities9.4931,259
5Decatur Electric9.5526,750
6City of Lanett Utilities9.613,375
7Troy Utilities9.618,044
8Sylacauga Utilities Board9.816,125
9MUB Albertville9.8310,277
10Athens Utilities10.1148,185

How many electric companies offer service in Alabama?

Alabama is home to 61 electricity companies offering service in the area.

What power companies are in Alabama?

State Customers RankArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.ProviderArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.State CustomersArrow DownBlue arrow pointing down.
1Alabama Power1,504,306
2Huntsville Utilities191,219
3Baldwin EMC78,775
4Florence, Alabama Electric Utility50,498
5Riviera Utilities49,557
6Athens Utilities48,185
7Joe Wheeler EMC44,229
8Cullman Electric44,065
9Central Alabama Electric Cooperative43,783
10Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative31,476

Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-14