Electricity Rates in Kentucky

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Companies & Statistics in Kentucky

  • Population
    see rank
    4,505,836
  • Total Production
    see rank
    69,212,034 MWh / 15.36 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
    see rank
    76,536,239 MWh / 16.99 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
    see rank
    5,317,443 MWh / 1.18 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
    see rank
    57,561,063,342 kg / 12,774.78 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
    see rank
    63,894,591 MWh / 14.18 MWh per capita
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Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Kentucky

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.132/kWh$0.099/kWh$190.11/mo.$88.03/mo.
17th12.28¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Kentucky
40th$138.33Average residential monthly electricity bill for Kentucky Residents

Kentucky Electricity Fuel Mix

Kentucky's Electricity Prices and Usage

The average residential electricity rate in Kentucky in 2022 is 12.28 cents per kilowatt hour, which is 15.10% below the US average rate of 14.46 cents.. Even though there are over 60 electricity companies in Florida, the electricity market is regulated and residents often have only a single electricity company choice determined by their geographic location. The state is the 20th highest electricity consuming state with consumption totaling over 76,500,000 megawatt hours. Consumers in Kentucky deal with 0.9 power outages per year with outages lasting an average of 97.54 minutes. The usage of renewable fuel sources for electricity production has declined by 2.29% in Kentucky throughout the past 12 months. Kentucky Utilities sells 17,721,826 megawatt hours in the state a year, more than all other electricity suppliers.

Residential Electricity Providers in Kentucky

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Kentucky UtilitiesBUNDLED11.87136.036,085,829722,364,74018,661,860.81
Louisville Gas & ElectricBUNDLED11.97113.074,268,771511,101,95412,100,197.35
Kentucky PowerBUNDLED15.24187.571,969,342300,175,702550,541
Duke Energy KentuckyBUNDLED12.10116.731,529,805185,158,4922,372,199.01
Warren Rural Electric Cooperative CorporationBUNDLED11.35149.87923,376104,844,000
Blue Grass EnergyBUNDLED10.16123.02826,87083,973,000
Owen Electrictric CooperativeBUNDLED10.52117.57811,84885,446,000
South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative CorporationBUNDLED12.07128.36811,20697,930,846
Salt River ElectricBUNDLED8.77107.43743,09465,169,000
KenergyBUNDLED13.66170.22703,68796,114,000

Commercial Electricity Providers in Kentucky

ProviderService TypeCommercial Rate (¢)Commercial Average Bill ($)Commercial Sales (MWh)Commercial Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Kentucky UtilitiesBUNDLED11.78565.785,411,459637,595,93718,661,860.81
Louisville Gas & ElectricBUNDLED10.81822.314,714,752509,704,78312,100,197.35
Duke Energy KentuckyBUNDLED10.01936.571,698,428169,975,0772,372,199.01
Kentucky PowerBUNDLED14.49489.21,237,473179,262,495550,541
Warren Rural Electric Cooperative CorporationBUNDLED12.37342.39437,12954,052,000
Bowling Green Municipal UtilitiesBUNDLED9.62663.37428,45141,203,000
Pennyrile ElectricBUNDLED12.80577.59309,76739,657,000
Paducah PowerBUNDLED13.21898.59302,43139,951,10021,107
KenergyBUNDLED12.53265.92302,08037,837,000
Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation (Kentucky)BUNDLED10.14402.37255,01425,866,000

Power Plants in Kentucky

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Trimble County Coal 10,582,829.038,937,819,428.92844.56
Carroll County Coal 10,059,06610,100,009,854.271,004.07
Maysville Coal 8,107,3217,558,766,188.52932.34
Louisville/Jefferson County metro government Coal 7,240,709.017,068,751,824.81976.25
Muhlenberg County Natural Gas 6,586,4482,366,570,446.8359.31
McCracken County Coal 5,454,600.036,125,019,002.641,122.91
Louisville/Jefferson County metro government Natural Gas 4,015,6981,487,413,576.32370.4
Ohio County Coal 3,017,6553,051,742,344.521,011.3
Rabbit Hash CDP Coal 2,360,838.012,433,180,704.431,030.64
Webster County Coal 1,861,061.991,952,591,117.831,049.18

Quick Facts

Natural gas accounts for 23.23% of the electricity production in Kentucky, giving it a ranking of 26th in the US for total natural gas generation.

Electricity use per person in Kentucky amounts to 16.99 megawatt hours per year.

The state of Kentucky ranks 12th highest in hydroelectric power production, producing 4,824,692.36 megawatt hours per year from hydroelectric facilities.

Over the past 12 months population has grown by 0.85% in the state of Kentucky, bringing the total number of residents in the state to 4,505,836.

Solar power production in Kentucky has grown from 44,679.07 megawatt hours to 47,574.24 megawatt hours per year within the past year.

When measuring CO2 emissions per capita, Kentucky had a 2.29% drop over the course of the preceding year.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Adair County18,90379.66$101.48/mo
Allen County20,588111.13$126.85/mo
Anderson County23,852410.31$124.20/mo
Ballard County7,728311.84$135.22/mo
Barren County44,4857110.52$112.83/mo
Bath County12,750510.62$112.16/mo
Bell County24,097411.69$133.73/mo
Boone County135,9684211.09$117.27/mo
Bourbon County20,2526111.08$127.22/mo
Boyd County48,261215.24$187.57/mo
Boyle County30,614411.47$130.75/mo
Bracken County8,4005110.80$123.87/mo
Breathitt County13,718413.95$161.66/mo
Breckinridge County20,432111.98$118.56/mo
Bullitt County82,21759.60$109.19/mo
Butler County12,371211.48$150.71/mo
Caldwell County12,649512.79$152.68/mo
Calloway County37,103211.90$136.56/mo
Campbell County93,076611.40$118.31/mo
Carlisle County4,826912.12$141.22/mo
Carroll County10,8105110.89$126.66/mo
Carter County26,627514.47$159.84/mo
Casey County15,941610.76$117.07/mo
Christian County72,748412.39$155.03/mo
Clark County36,9724211.09$120.85/mo
Clay County20,345611.51$133.45/mo
Clinton County9,253312.02$128.28/mo
Crittenden County8,990313.47$166.68/mo
Cumberland County5,888211.13$126.85/mo
Daviess County103,312213.71$167.31/mo
Edmonson County12,126511.38$147.72/mo
Elliott County7,354413.81$136.89/mo
Estill County14,1635111.40$131.49/mo
Fayette County322,5705111.70$134.47/mo
Fleming County15,082410.31$106.64/mo
Floyd County35,942413.56$162.59/mo
Franklin County51,541510.84$123.93/mo
Fulton County6,515512.49$148.19/mo
Gallatin County8,690410.67$119.57/mo
Garrard County16,9535111.35$129.24/mo
Grant County24,9416110.63$117.42/mo
Graves County36,649411.90$136.54/mo
Grayson County26,420711.39$145.38/mo
Green County11,10769.48$99.60/mo
Greenup County35,9624114.25$152.46/mo
Hancock County9,0951113.66$170.22/mo
Hardin County110,7025110.91$125.71/mo
Harlan County26,831511.46$130.70/mo
Harrison County18,692410.37$124.67/mo
Hart County19,288510.53$113.45/mo
Henderson County44,793413.35$164.72/mo
Henry County15,678510.80$130.98/mo
Hickman County4,521712.44$148.40/mo
Hopkins County45,423412.63$148.83/mo
Jackson County12,955211.40$131.97/mo
Jefferson County782,9692411.97$113.07/mo
Jessamine County52,991510.47$125.13/mo
Johnson County22,680412.33$144.39/mo
Kenton County169,0644311.50$117.05/mo
Knott County14,251414.57$177.54/mo
Knox County30,193510.36$115.65/mo
Larue County14,867510.84$127.40/mo
Laurel County62,6135111.42$131.99/mo
Lawrence County16,2935214.68$174.05/mo
Lee County7,395511.41$129.49/mo
Leslie County10,513514.07$170.51/mo
Letcher County21,548414.08$170.59/mo
Lewis County13,080710.83$112.48/mo
Lincoln County24,275511.50$129.38/mo
Livingston County8,8883211.84$135.02/mo
Logan County27,432312.19$154.40/mo
Lyon County8,6804112.65$156.55/mo
Madison County92,701710.70$124.12/mo
Magoffin County11,637412.06$123.95/mo
Marion County19,581611.22$127.78/mo
Marshall County31,6593211.89$136.74/mo
Martin County11,287414.87$182.06/mo
Mason County17,1204110.80$115.90/mo
McCracken County67,8759212.19$133.67/mo
McCreary County16,888511.82$126.81/mo
McLean County9,152313.37$164.72/mo
Meade County30,003311.98$117.96/mo
Menifee County6,113310.86$114.63/mo
Mercer County22,6415110.84$127.48/mo
Metcalfe County10,286410.57$114.74/mo
Monroe County11,338111.13$126.85/mo
Montgomery County28,114411.06$120.21/mo
Morgan County13,726411.49$112.38/mo
Muhlenberg County30,9283112.09$144.11/mo
Nelson County46,73869.31$111.96/mo
Nicholas County7,537510.39$118.07/mo
Ohio County23,7725112.40$153.67/mo
Oldham County67,6075111.92$117.20/mo
Owen County11,278410.75$120.71/mo
Owsley County4,051411.45$132.62/mo
Pendleton County14,6448110.53$121.77/mo
Perry County28,473215.24$187.57/mo
Pike County58,669215.24$187.57/mo
Powell County13,129310.82$115.74/mo
Pulaski County65,0344112.07$128.62/mo
Robertson County2,193510.39$112.49/mo
Rockcastle County16,037511.47$132.11/mo
Rowan County24,662812.35$131.09/mo
Russell County17,9915112.03$128.27/mo
Scott County57,155511.17$129.00/mo
Shelby County48,065510.89$131.45/mo
Simpson County19,594411.39$148.74/mo
Spencer County19,49059.24$112.13/mo
Taylor County26,023619.46$99.50/mo
Todd County12,243212.46$157.11/mo
Trigg County14,061212.46$157.11/mo
Trimble County8,4744110.70$130.62/mo
Union County13,668313.26$162.59/mo
Warren County134,554211.31$147.08/mo
Washington County12,02769.25$111.87/mo
Wayne County19,555212.07$128.36/mo
Webster County13,0174213.45$166.15/mo
Whitley County36,7126110.29$114.38/mo
Wolfe County6,562211.30$108.57/mo
Woodford County26,871511.49$132.68/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

In Kentucky, Coal makes up 68.92% of the fuel types used for electricity generation. Totaling Coal with Natural Gas (23.23%) and Conventional Hydroelectric (6.97%), these three fuel types account for 68,603,905.23 megawatt hours (or 99.12%) electricity generation in the state. Emissions in the state average 12,774.78 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person from electricity use, making them the 4th worst polluting state based on emissions per capita. At 12,774.78 kilograms per person and 4,505,836 people in the state, the state emits 57,561,063,341.71 kilograms of CO2 emissions each year. Kentucky has 45 power producing plants, which is the 46th most in the country and 50th most when counting facilities per resident in the state.

COAL
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
68.92%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
23.23%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
6.97%
BLACK LIQUOUR
Black Liquour
0.38%
LANDFILL GAS
Landfill Gas
0.16%
OTHER
Other
0.34%

Kentucky Net Metering

Of the 58 electric providers in Kentucky, 48.28% of them report that they offer net metering. Regulations put in place at the state level are restricted for consumers interested in installing solar or other alternative electricity generation sources.

Energy Loss

The average energy loss for providers in Kentucky is 3.52%. This includes data from 42 companies, including Kentucky Utilities, Louisville Gas & Electric, and Duke Energy Kentucky. The United States average is 2.76%, resulting in Kentucky receiving a rank of 31st best in the United States for energy loss efficiency.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

In order to foster personal solar, all a state needs to do is enact tax and rebate incentives. Kentucky currently offers no state tax credit to consumers who install private solar panels at their place of residence. There are currently no state sponsored rebates available to residents who are considering purchasing solar panels. The state of Kentucky offers no property tax exemptions to homeowners who install solar panels, making it less attractive for consumers to do so. Homeowners in the state do not have access to a sales tax exemption when installing private solar.

State Level Initiatives

Whether a consumer is able to easily purchase electricity options with renewable sources is somewhat determined by initiatives at the state level. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for electric suppliers who do business in the state. These standards require that a percentage of electricity must be generated from renewable fuels. Kentucky, unfortunately, has no standards in place. Furthermore, there are currently no low income solar programs to help low income families to install solar panels.

Learn about going solar in Kentucky, find out which system size is best for you, compare local installers and see which incentives are available in your area.

FAQ: Common Questions About Electricity in Kentucky

How much does electricity cost in Kentucky?

The average electricity cost paid by customers in Kentucky in 2022 is 12.28 cents per kilowatt hour.

Where does Kentucky get its electricity?

Coal is the primary fuel source used for electricity generation in Kentucky, accounting for 68.92% of generation. The second and third most used fuel types are Natural Gas and Conventional Hydroelectric, which make up 23.23% and 6.97% of total generation respectively.

What electricity company is the largest supplier in Kentucky?

The largest electricity supplier in Kentucky by total customer count is Kentucky Utilities.

How many electric companies offer service in Kentucky?

There are 58 electricity companies operating in Kentucky.

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 Utilities8.975,313
6Barbourville Utilities8.974,174
7Corbin City Utilities9.144,118
8Taylor County RECC9.3027,070
9Blue Grass Energy10.1659,889
10Cumberland Valley Electric10.1823,763

Does Kentucky have a deregulated electricity market?

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

What is the average electric bill in Kentucky?

The Kentucky average electricity bill is $138 so far in 2022.

How many power plants are within Kentucky?

There are 45 electricity plants in Kentucky.

Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2022-09-24