Electricity In Kentucky

  • Population4,467,673
  • Total Consumption74,677,804 MWh / 16.72 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption58,301,715,590 kg
  • Total Production71,050,950 MWh / 15.9 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Kentucky

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

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.123/kWh$0.099/kWh$163.04/mo.$88.03/mo.
12th11.29¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Kentucky
33rd$126.58Average residential monthly electricity bill for Kentucky Residents

Energy Profile of Kentucky

Kentucky's Electricity Prices and Usage

Kentucky has an average residential electricity rate of 11.29 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 17.09% below the nationwide average rate of 13.62 cents. The state has over 60 electricity vendors, but customers are most often stuck with only one or two provider choices due to the fact that Kentucky has a regulated electricity market. The state's electrical grid has an average of 0.9 electrical outages per consumer per year. These outages go on for an average of 97.54 minutes. In contrast, the nationwide average is 1.21 outages per customer and 122.99 minutes an outage. The largest vendor in the state based on megawatt hours sold is Kentucky Utilities. On average, residents of Kentucky create 13,049.68 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption for each resident in the state, which is 4th highest in the United States. Solar power usage for electricity generation in the state has increased by 1.42% within the last year.

Residential Electricity Providers in Kentucky

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Kentucky UtilitiesBUNDLED10.86125.046,100,291662,529,97619,118,922.71
Louisville Gas & ElectricBUNDLED11.38106.914,229,000481,095,83811,929,915.02
Kentucky PowerBUNDLED13.74170.861,999,781274,750,495912,638
Duke Energy KentuckyBUNDLED10.0697.11,513,089152,164,9782,977,989
Warren Rural Electric Cooperative CorporationBUNDLED10.69140.94907,77097,022,000
Blue Grass EnergyBUNDLED10.16123.02826,87083,973,000
South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative CorporationBUNDLED10.42111.99814,98584,918,367
Owen Electrictric CooperativeBUNDLED10.52117.57811,84885,446,000
Salt River ElectricBUNDLED8.77107.43743,09465,169,000

Power Plants in Kentucky

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Ghent Coal 11,112,278.0311,311,899,459.081,017.96Yes
Maysville Coal 8,839,682.018,185,308,836.11925.97Yes
Trimble County Coal 8,591,9597,809,688,777.16908.95Yes
Louisville/Jefferson County metro government Coal 7,297,9957,329,340,142.821,004.3Yes
Muhlenberg County Natural Gas 6,780,8062,427,007,590.84357.92Yes
McCracken County Coal 5,760,4446,335,238,422.251,099.78Yes
Louisville/Jefferson County metro government Natural Gas 4,876,1071,778,356,147.82364.71
Boone County Coal 2,966,8653,043,292,989.161,025.76Yes
Ohio County Coal 2,953,736.012,997,529,055.491,014.83Yes
Henderson County Coal 2,183,088.012,321,770,672.461,063.533/2022

Quick Facts

Over the previous 12 months Kentucky had a 7.75% increase in hydroelectric power generation.

The state of Kentucky has seen a 0.02% population decline over the previous year.

Kentucky ranks 46th in the nation for solar electricity production per capita, averaging 0.01 megawatt hours produced per person.

Kentucky uses 5.10% more megawatt hours than it produces each year.

The state of Kentucky is the 21st largest producer of electricity in the United States, producing 71,050,949.8 megawatt hours.

Kentucky is the 7th highest polluting state in the United States based on electricity related pollution, emitting 58,301,715,590.04 kilograms of CO2 emissions.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Adair County19,20279.52$100.05/mo
Allen County21,315111.13$126.85/mo
Anderson County22,747410.22$123.21/mo
Ballard County7,888311.63$132.89/mo
Barren County44,2497110.49$112.42/mo
Bath County12,500510.51$110.99/mo
Bell County26,032410.79$123.88/mo
Boone County133,5814210.36$110.23/mo
Bourbon County19,7885110.62$122.36/mo
Boyd County46,7182213.74$170.86/mo
Boyle County30,060411.16$127.41/mo
Bracken County8,3035110.43$119.90/mo
Breathitt County12,630412.94$150.40/mo
Breckinridge County20,477111.98$118.56/mo
Bullitt County81,67659.44$107.52/mo
Butler County12,879210.81$141.65/mo
Caldwell County12,747511.78$139.72/mo
Calloway County39,001111.90$137.19/mo
Campbell County93,584610.31$107.84/mo
Carlisle County4,760611.96$83.61/mo
Carroll County10,6315110.62$123.71/mo
Carter County26,797513.77$152.09/mo
Casey County16,159610.34$112.85/mo
Christian County70,461411.71$145.17/mo
Clark County36,2634210.82$117.93/mo
Clay County19,901611.43$132.47/mo
Clinton County10,218310.46$112.78/mo
Crittenden County8,806312.06$148.68/mo
Cumberland County6,614211.13$126.85/mo
Daviess County101,5112112.32$149.55/mo
Edmonson County12,150510.70$138.80/mo
Elliott County7,517413.78$136.57/mo
Estill County14,1065111.34$130.84/mo
Fayette County323,1525110.80$124.66/mo
Fleming County14,581410.28$106.25/mo
Floyd County35,589412.68$152.75/mo
Franklin County50,991510.49$120.23/mo
Fulton County5,969311.93$140.48/mo
Gallatin County8,8694110.56$118.38/mo
Garrard County17,666511.24$128.00/mo
Grant County25,0696110.50$116.18/mo
Graves County37,266311.89$136.40/mo
Grayson County26,427710.79$137.53/mo
Green County10,94169.44$99.07/mo
Greenup County35,098413.77$147.10/mo
Hancock County8,7223112.20$151.41/mo
Hardin County110,9585110.74$123.85/mo
Harlan County26,010410.70$122.31/mo
Harrison County18,886410.25$123.28/mo
Hart County19,035510.43$112.30/mo
Henderson County45,2104110.31$115.09/mo
Henry County16,126510.59$128.73/mo
Hickman County4,380411.87$140.75/mo
Hopkins County44,686411.47$134.96/mo
Jackson County13,329211.40$131.97/mo
Jefferson County766,7572511.38$106.91/mo
Jessamine County54,1155110.27$122.89/mo
Johnson County22,188411.90$139.55/mo
Kenton County166,9984310.24$104.91/mo
Knott County14,806413.31$163.60/mo
Knox County31,145510.23$114.19/mo
Larue County14,398510.73$126.19/mo
Laurel County60,8135211.32$130.92/mo
Lawrence County15,3175113.55$161.50/mo
Lee County7,403511.37$128.58/mo
Leslie County9,877512.94$157.93/mo
Letcher County21,553412.92$157.73/mo
Lewis County13,2751111.97$122.29/mo
Lincoln County24,549511.10$125.31/mo
Livingston County9,1943211.82$134.84/mo
Logan County27,102311.53$144.82/mo
Lyon County8,2104111.72$144.09/mo
Madison County92,987710.44$121.28/mo
Magoffin County12,161411.77$120.75/mo
Marion County19,273611.11$126.61/mo
Marshall County31,1002211.89$136.82/mo
Martin County11,195413.50$166.87/mo
Mason County17,0704110.46$112.17/mo
McCracken County65,4186212.23$132.50/mo
McCreary County17,231510.41$112.75/mo
McLean County9,207311.99$147.16/mo
Meade County28,572311.91$117.29/mo
Menifee County6,489310.86$114.63/mo
Mercer County21,9335210.59$124.74/mo
Metcalfe County10,071410.57$114.74/mo
Monroe County10,650111.13$126.85/mo
Montgomery County28,157410.82$117.63/mo
Morgan County13,309411.41$111.58/mo
Muhlenberg County30,6223111.21$133.50/mo
Nelson County46,23369.14$110.33/mo
Nicholas County7,269510.27$116.84/mo
Ohio County23,9945111.46$141.56/mo
Oldham County66,7995111.27$110.42/mo
Owen County10,901410.58$118.84/mo
Owsley County4,415411.43$132.42/mo
Pendleton County14,5907110.38$120.45/mo
Perry County25,758213.74$170.86/mo
Pike County57,876213.74$170.86/mo
Powell County12,359310.82$115.74/mo
Pulaski County64,9794110.43$112.43/mo
Robertson County2,108510.29$111.46/mo
Rockcastle County16,695511.31$130.51/mo
Rowan County24,4608112.04$127.71/mo
Russell County17,9235110.42$112.27/mo
Scott County57,0045110.62$122.98/mo
Shelby County49,024510.62$128.43/mo
Simpson County18,572310.74$140.12/mo
Spencer County19,35159.08$110.46/mo
Taylor County25,769619.44$99.25/mo
Todd County12,294111.78$147.11/mo
Trigg County14,651111.78$147.11/mo
Trimble County8,4714110.57$129.21/mo
Union County14,381311.90$145.52/mo
Warren County132,896210.68$138.57/mo
Washington County12,09569.18$111.04/mo
Wayne County20,333210.42$111.99/mo
Webster County12,9423112.06$148.56/mo
Whitley County36,264510.25$114.10/mo
Wolfe County7,157211.30$108.57/mo
Woodford County26,734510.71$124.26/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Kentucky is home to 51 electricity producing plants, which is the 46th highest number of plants within a state and the 48th highest rate of plants per person in a state. Emissions in the state average 13,049.68 kilograms of CO2 emissions per resident from electricity consumption, making them the 4th worst polluting state based on emissions per capita. While not as telling of a statistic, the total pollution of the state from electricity consumption is 58,301,715,590.04 kilograms of CO2 emissions, which ranks as the 7th highest in the nation. Kentucky’s primary fuel source consumed for electricity production is Coal. They generate 50,556,002.79 megawatt hours, or 71.15% of the total generation in the state, from this fuel type. Other fuels used include Natural Gas at 20.68% and Conventional Hydroelectric at 7.34% of generation.

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Conventional Hydroelectric
Black Liquour
Landfill Gas

Kentucky Net Metering

There are 58 companies in Kentucky providing electricity. Of those 58, 48.28% of them offer some type of net metering option for their customers, making solar panels and alternative electric sources more economically viable. The state has heavily restricted net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other types of electricity generation more realistic.

Energy Loss

The state has 42 electricity companies who are reporting energy loss during transmission activities. The average energy loss amount for these suppliers is 3.52%. The United States average for energy loss is 2.76%, which earns a rank of 21st best in the nation for Kentucky in this category.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

When it comes to stimulating personal solar, one of the best uses of government resources is tax breaks and rebates for solar installs. Kentucky currently offers no state tax credit to consumers who install solar at their place of residence. The state offers no rebates to residents who are installing private solar. There are currently no property tax exemptions for consumers in Kentucky. The state does not offer a sales tax exemption for the install of solar, leaving residents high and dry for this one.

State Level Initiatives

Whether a customer is able to seek out electricity plans with renewable fuel types is somewhat determined by state level legislation. Many states require green fuel types to make up a portion of the fuel used for electricity production. These guidelines are referred to as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). The state of Kentucky, unfortunately, has no standards in place. Additionally, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that help with the installation of solar panels at low income households.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Kentucky

Where does Kentucky get its electricity?

Kentucky’s electricity is produced using primarily Coal, which makes up 71.15% of the fuel used in the state. In addition, Natural Gas makes up 20.68% and Conventional Hydroelectric accounts for 7.34%.

How much does electricity cost in Kentucky?

The average price per kilowatt hour of electricity in Kentucky in 2022 is 11.29 cents.

What electricity company is the largest provider in Kentucky?

By total revenue, Kentucky Utilities is the largest electricity supplier in Kentucky.

How many electric companies offer service in Kentucky?

There are 58 electricity companies operating in Kentucky.

What is the average electric bill in Kentucky?

The average electricity bill in the state of Kentucky in 2022 is $127 while the national average is $122.

How many power plants are within Kentucky?

Kentucky has 51 active power plants generating electricity for the state.

Does Kentucky have a deregulated electricity market?

No, the state has a regulated market, where citizens’ electricity company choices are usually determined by their location or state legislation.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Kentucky?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Nicholasville Utilities8.286,700
2Henderson Municipal Power and Light8.5012,000
3Bardstown Electric8.524,676
4Salt River Electric8.7753,975
5Berea Municipal Utilities8.955,314
6Barbourville Utilities8.974,174
7Corbin City Utilities9.144,118
8Taylor County RECC9.3027,070
9Duke Energy Kentucky10.06146,286
10Blue Grass Energy10.1659,889

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Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-21