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Electricity In Kentucky

  • Population4,467,673
  • Total Consumption72,676,993 MWh / 16.27 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions56,910,173,083 kg
  • Total Production68,817,256 MWh / 15.4 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$0.121/kWh$0.099/kWh$163.04/mo.$88.03/mo.
10th10.91¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Kentucky
30th$121.38Average 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 10.91 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 18.13% below the nationwide average rate of 13.33 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. Customers in the state are faced with 0.82 power outages on average each year, with outages lasting around 108.3 minutes on average. The national averages for outages and duration are 1.13 outages and 127.16 minutes. The state ranks as the 7th highest polluting state in the country based on total CO2 output, with over 56,910,173,082.87 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity use. Roughly 8.02% of the states’ electricity is produced from renewable fuel sources, ranking them as the 34th highest state for total renewable electricity generation. Kentucky is the 6th highest ranked state in the nation for electricity consumption per capita, with an annual average of 16.27 megawatt hours used per person in the state.

Residential Electricity Providers in Kentucky

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Kentucky Utilities10.57123.376,169,259652,203,04919,167,180.4913,539,368,013.27
Louisville Gas & Electric11.18104.974,209,591470,756,90211,663,978.639,603,576,146.24
Kentucky Power12.58158.152,028,250255,112,472912,6387,944,714,420.36
Duke Energy Kentucky9.5192.251,517,231144,254,7083,144,533.996,965,812,312.64
Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation10.49138.34898,32794,221,000No DataIcon representing missing value.1,729,217,663.12
Blue Grass Energy10.43129.52835,09387,074,000No DataIcon representing missing value.1,078,262,197.3
Owen Electrictric Cooperative10.73123.46825,06988,498,000No DataIcon representing missing value.1,909,147,164.29
South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation10.24110.99818,07483,753,194No DataIcon representing missing value.1,021,466,437.45
Salt River Electric9.02115.86762,41568,773,000No DataIcon representing missing value.985,346,563.33
Kenergy12.03148.57692,64283,353,000No DataIcon representing missing value.6,619,588,551.99

Power Plants in Kentucky

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Ghent Coal 10,714,792.0410,990,687,421.251,025.75YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Maysville Coal 8,576,912.027,957,242,761.5927.75YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Trimble County Coal 8,162,4827,522,884,506.72921.64YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Louisville/Jefferson County metro government Coal 7,024,6567,068,437,614.511,006.23YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Muhlenberg County Natural Gas 6,713,3122,393,108,511.92356.47YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
McCracken County Coal 5,398,9806,101,418,757.151,130.11YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Louisville/Jefferson County metro government Natural Gas 5,201,5521,876,343,057.96360.73No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Boone County Coal 3,133,409.993,209,727,542.181,024.36YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Ohio County Coal 2,816,510.022,875,851,806.511,021.07YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Henderson County Coal 1,639,763.011,805,288,971.051,100.95No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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Kentucky had a 14.24% rise over the last year in the usage of renewable fuel sources for electricity production.

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Kentucky has had a 2.61% increase in the use of non-renewable fuel sources for electricity production in the past year.

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By megawatt hours sold, the largest electricity supplier in Kentucky is Kentucky Utilities.

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There was a 3.59% rise in CO2 emissions per capita in the past year in Kentucky.

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

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The state of Kentucky has had a 0.02% population drop over the last year.

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Adair County19,2027No DataIcon representing missing value.9.70$106.43/mo
Allen County21,3151No DataIcon representing missing value.11.31$134.30/mo
Anderson County22,7474No DataIcon representing missing value.10.44$128.96/mo
Ballard County7,8883No DataIcon representing missing value.11.56$138.01/mo
Barren County44,2497110.70$118.22/mo
Bath County12,5005No DataIcon representing missing value.10.55$115.90/mo
Bell County26,0324No DataIcon representing missing value.10.55$122.91/mo
Boone County133,5814210.29$112.26/mo
Bourbon County19,7885110.59$125.08/mo
Boyd County46,7182212.58$158.15/mo
Boyle County30,0604No DataIcon representing missing value.11.20$131.25/mo
Bracken County8,3035110.46$123.16/mo
Breathitt County12,6304No DataIcon representing missing value.12.23$142.58/mo
Breckinridge County20,4771No DataIcon representing missing value.12.04$124.02/mo
Bullitt County81,6765No DataIcon representing missing value.9.58$113.25/mo
Butler County12,8792No DataIcon representing missing value.10.62$139.01/mo
Caldwell County12,7475No DataIcon representing missing value.11.72$139.33/mo
Calloway County39,0011No DataIcon representing missing value.12.07$146.18/mo
Campbell County93,5846No DataIcon representing missing value.10.11$107.90/mo
Carlisle County4,7606No DataIcon representing missing value.10.93$85.64/mo
Carroll County10,6315110.76$128.30/mo
Carter County26,7975No DataIcon representing missing value.13.18$147.21/mo
Casey County16,1596No DataIcon representing missing value.10.43$117.46/mo
Christian County70,4614No DataIcon representing missing value.11.53$142.48/mo
Clark County36,2634210.79$122.22/mo
Clay County19,9016No DataIcon representing missing value.11.59$136.68/mo
Clinton County10,2183No DataIcon representing missing value.10.29$112.23/mo
Crittenden County8,8063No DataIcon representing missing value.11.88$145.97/mo
Cumberland County6,6142No DataIcon representing missing value.11.31$134.30/mo
Daviess County101,5112112.17$147.09/mo
Edmonson County12,1505No DataIcon representing missing value.10.50$136.49/mo
Elliott County7,5174No DataIcon representing missing value.13.70$138.13/mo
Estill County14,1065111.53$135.48/mo
Fayette County323,1525110.57$123.86/mo
Fleming County14,5814No DataIcon representing missing value.10.36$111.25/mo
Floyd County35,5894No DataIcon representing missing value.12.11$147.30/mo
Franklin County50,9915No DataIcon representing missing value.10.49$123.63/mo
Fulton County5,9693No DataIcon representing missing value.11.74$137.39/mo
Gallatin County8,8694110.71$123.45/mo
Garrard County17,6665No DataIcon representing missing value.11.36$133.38/mo
Grant County25,0696110.61$121.29/mo
Graves County37,2663No DataIcon representing missing value.12.03$145.04/mo
Grayson County26,4277No DataIcon representing missing value.10.63$136.12/mo
Green County10,9416No DataIcon representing missing value.9.65$106.02/mo
Greenup County35,0984No DataIcon representing missing value.13.36$144.28/mo
Hancock County8,7223112.03$148.57/mo
Hardin County110,9585110.88$129.28/mo
Harlan County26,0104No DataIcon representing missing value.10.52$122.29/mo
Harrison County18,8864No DataIcon representing missing value.10.45$128.74/mo
Hart County19,0355No DataIcon representing missing value.10.61$117.58/mo
Henderson County45,2104110.03$114.62/mo
Henry County16,1265No DataIcon representing missing value.10.87$134.71/mo
Hickman County4,3804No DataIcon representing missing value.11.69$138.26/mo
Hopkins County44,6864No DataIcon representing missing value.11.22$132.97/mo
Jackson County13,3292No DataIcon representing missing value.11.62$136.93/mo
Jefferson County766,7572511.18$104.97/mo
Jessamine County54,1155110.43$127.66/mo
Johnson County22,1884No DataIcon representing missing value.11.77$139.39/mo
Kenton County166,998439.97$104.15/mo
Knott County14,8064No DataIcon representing missing value.12.39$153.80/mo
Knox County31,1455No DataIcon representing missing value.10.34$118.54/mo
Larue County14,3985No DataIcon representing missing value.10.91$132.48/mo
Laurel County60,8135211.50$135.24/mo
Lawrence County15,3175112.69$152.64/mo
Lee County7,4035No DataIcon representing missing value.11.57$132.92/mo
Leslie County9,8775No DataIcon representing missing value.12.11$149.60/mo
Letcher County21,5534No DataIcon representing missing value.12.06$149.13/mo
Lewis County13,2759No DataIcon representing missing value.12.12$122.14/mo
Lincoln County24,5495No DataIcon representing missing value.11.16$129.39/mo
Livingston County9,1943211.81$141.66/mo
Logan County27,1023No DataIcon representing missing value.11.35$142.13/mo
Lyon County8,2104111.52$141.41/mo
Madison County92,9877No DataIcon representing missing value.10.51$125.48/mo
Magoffin County12,1614No DataIcon representing missing value.11.71$120.01/mo
Marion County19,2736No DataIcon representing missing value.11.24$132.14/mo
Marshall County31,1002212.03$145.48/mo
Martin County11,1954No DataIcon representing missing value.12.47$155.76/mo
Mason County17,0704110.42$115.07/mo
McCracken County65,4186212.19$138.43/mo
McCreary County17,2315No DataIcon representing missing value.10.26$112.50/mo
McLean County9,2073No DataIcon representing missing value.11.80$144.51/mo
Meade County28,5723No DataIcon representing missing value.11.95$121.95/mo
Menifee County6,4893No DataIcon representing missing value.10.94$120.61/mo
Mercer County21,9335210.70$129.15/mo
Metcalfe County10,0714No DataIcon representing missing value.10.79$121.19/mo
Monroe County10,6501No DataIcon representing missing value.11.31$134.30/mo
Montgomery County28,1574No DataIcon representing missing value.10.80$122.17/mo
Morgan County13,3094No DataIcon representing missing value.11.56$113.03/mo
Muhlenberg County30,6223110.97$131.34/mo
Nelson County46,2336No DataIcon representing missing value.9.34$117.78/mo
Nicholas County7,2695No DataIcon representing missing value.10.41$121.96/mo
Ohio County23,9945111.30$139.84/mo
Oldham County66,7995111.08$108.80/mo
Owen County10,9014No DataIcon representing missing value.10.70$123.44/mo
Owsley County4,4154No DataIcon representing missing value.11.64$137.17/mo
Pendleton County14,5907110.56$125.79/mo
Perry County25,7582No DataIcon representing missing value.12.58$158.15/mo
Pike County57,8762No DataIcon representing missing value.12.58$158.15/mo
Powell County12,3593No DataIcon representing missing value.10.89$122.15/mo
Pulaski County64,9794110.25$111.41/mo
Robertson County2,1085No DataIcon representing missing value.10.39$116.34/mo
Rockcastle County16,6955No DataIcon representing missing value.11.48$134.68/mo
Rowan County24,4608111.87$128.75/mo
Russell County17,9235110.24$111.35/mo
Scott County57,0045110.57$124.87/mo
Shelby County49,0245No DataIcon representing missing value.10.84$133.74/mo
Simpson County18,5723No DataIcon representing missing value.10.54$137.87/mo
Spencer County19,3515No DataIcon representing missing value.9.29$117.97/mo
Taylor County25,769619.64$106.24/mo
Todd County12,2941No DataIcon representing missing value.11.60$144.16/mo
Trigg County14,6511No DataIcon representing missing value.11.60$144.16/mo
Trimble County8,4714110.90$135.94/mo
Union County14,3813No DataIcon representing missing value.11.71$142.94/mo
Warren County132,8962No DataIcon representing missing value.10.49$136.39/mo
Washington County12,0956No DataIcon representing missing value.9.38$118.45/mo
Wayne County20,3332No DataIcon representing missing value.10.24$110.99/mo
Webster County12,9423111.88$145.85/mo
Whitley County36,2645No DataIcon representing missing value.10.39$120.23/mo
Wolfe County7,1572No DataIcon representing missing value.11.51$110.74/mo
Woodford County26,7345No DataIcon representing missing value.10.54$124.40/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Kentucky is home to 51 electricity producing plants, which is the 44th highest number of plants within a state and the 48th highest rate of plants per person in a state. Emissions in the state average 12,738.21 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 56,910,173,082.87 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 48,291,147.88 megawatt hours, or 70.17% of the total generation in the state, from this fuel type. Other fuels used include Natural Gas at 21.71% and Conventional Hydroelectric at 7.33% of generation.

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CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
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BLACK LIQUOUR Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
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LANDFILL GAS Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
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Kentucky Net Metering

There are 58 companies in Kentucky providing electricity. Of those 58,44.83% 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 50 electricity companies who are reporting energy loss during transmission activities. The average energy loss amount for these suppliers is 3.73%. The United States average for energy loss is 2.72%, which earns a rank of 19th worst 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 70.17% of the fuel used in the state. In addition, Natural Gas makes up 21.71% and Conventional Hydroelectric accounts for 7.33%.

How much does electricity cost in Kentucky?

The average price per kilowatt hour of electricity in Kentucky in 2021 is 10.91 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 2021 is $121 while the national average is $120.

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 RankArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.ProviderArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.Residential Rate (¢)Arrow UpArrow pointing upwards.State CustomersArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.
1Henderson Municipal Power and Light8.1311,920
2Bardstown Electric8.534,653
3Berea Municipal Utilities8.915,305
4Salt River Electric9.0252,831
5Nicholasville Utilities9.096,681
6Barbourville Utilities9.414,108
7Corbin City Utilities9.454,135
8Duke Energy Kentucky9.51145,906
9Taylor County RECC9.5226,705
10Bardwell Cities Utilities10.00494

What power companies offer service in Kentucky?

State Customers RankArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.ProviderArrow UpArrow pointing upwards.State CustomersArrow DownBlue arrow pointing down.
1Kentucky Utilities535,552
2Louisville Gas & Electric424,754
3Kentucky Power165,978
4Duke Energy Kentucky145,906
5Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation69,870
6South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation69,006
7Owen Electrictric Cooperative62,278
8Blue Grass Energy58,968
10Salt River Electric52,831

Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-14