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Electricity In North Carolina

  • Population10,488,084
  • Total Consumption133,852,047 MWh / 12.76 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions47,815,264,707 kg
  • Total Production127,602,293 MWh / 12.17 MWh per capita

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in North Carolina

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

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.122/kWh$0.101/kWh$163.23/mo.$84.87/mo.
16th11.39¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of North Carolina
34th$122.42Average residential monthly electricity bill for North Carolina Residents

Energy Profile of North Carolina

North Carolina's Electricity Prices and Usage

North Carolina has an average electricity rate of 11.39 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 14.53% below the nationwide average price of 13.33 cents. This ranks North Carolina as the 16th lowest priced state in the nation based on average electricity rate. Even though there are 106 electricity providers who operate in North Carolina, the electricity market is regulated and customers usually have only one or two provider choices determined by their home address. On average, residents of North Carolina create 4,559.01 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from electricity use for each resident in the state, which is 29th highest in the US. The state uses 133,852,047 megawatt hours for statewide electricity needs, making North Carolina the 8th highest consuming state in the US. With annual generation of 127,602,292.77 megawatt hours, the state of North Carolina is the 8th largest producer of electricity in the nation. Approximately 14.69% of the states’ electricity is generated from sustainable fuel sources, ranking them as the 26th highest state in terms of percentage of electricity produced from sustainable sources.

Electricity Providers in North Carolina

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Duke Energy Carolinas10.21105.8222,369,5172,283,594,12850,463,750.0143,823,948,463.22
Duke Energy Progress11.36125.0116,467,3791,871,512,35151,445,562.489,158,531,383.7
Dominion Energy11.51155.041,697,730195,476,7601,426,0552,610,584,665.79
Energy United Electric Member Corp11.28138.51,658,456187,137,000No DataIcon representing missing value.952,919,180.54
Union Power12.20155.921,163,994141,982,000No DataIcon representing missing value.482,974,103.4
Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation13.72143.881,108,296152,058,025No DataIcon representing missing value.517,870,265.07
Jones Onslow Electric Membership Corporation11.82134.871,015,871120,076,000No DataIcon representing missing value.453,803,730.79
Lumbee River EMC11.59155.86953,181110,474,500No DataIcon representing missing value.467,174,431.04
Fayetteville Electric Company10.87113.51931,598101,298,000-3,8531,407,228,510.65
Rutherford Electric11.24129.9927,039104,222,007No DataIcon representing missing value.461,070,068.62

Power Plants in North Carolina

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McGuireDuke Energy Carolinas (100.00%)
Nuclear 19,616,898312,160,120.6815.91No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Brunswick NuclearNorth Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (9.16%)Duke Energy Progress (90.83%)
Nuclear 14,669,640214,179,794.6114.6No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Sherwood H Smith Jr Energy ComplexDuke Energy Progress (100.00%)
Natural Gas 8,898,1613,620,923,474.51406.93YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Belews CreekDuke Energy Carolinas (100.00%)
Coal 7,992,547.996,513,597,273.69814.96YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
HarrisDuke Energy Progress (100.00%)
Nuclear 7,753,462111,892,360.114.43No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Marshall (NC)Duke Energy Carolinas (100.00%)
Coal 6,883,629.026,312,979,691.46917.1No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
RoxboroDuke Energy Progress (100.00%)
Coal 6,716,330.997,017,420,550.541,044.83YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
James E. Rogers Energy ComplexDuke Energy Carolinas (100.00%)
Coal 5,011,3263,991,954,154.92796.59YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Lee Combined Cycle PlantDuke Energy Progress (100.00%)
Natural Gas 4,524,0221,790,857,402.18395.86No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
RowanSouthern Company (100.00%)
Natural Gas 4,157,5731,595,526,923.02383.76YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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North Carolina uses non-renewable fuels to generate 10.38 megawatt hours per citizen, making them the 25th highest state for non-renewable generation per capita.

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Residents in North Carolina deal with an average of 1.06 outages lasting 166.73 minutes each year, compared to the national averages of 1.13 outages at 127.16 minutes per outage.

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North Carolina residents have an average electricity expense of $122.42, which is 1.92% higher than the national average.

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North Carolina is the 9th most populated state in the US, with 10,488,084 citizens residing within the state's borders.

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About 25,728,123.52 megawatt hours of electricity in North Carolina are produced a year using natural gas. This is 2.45 megawatt hours per resident in the state a year.

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Carbon dioxide emission amounts on account of electricity use have improved by -175,215,231.03 kilograms (0.39%) throughout the last 12 months in North Carolina.

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Alamance County169,5096 providers811.65$129.19/mo
Alexander County37,49711 providers211.70$119.64/mo
Alleghany County11,1376 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.57$111.49/mo
Anson County24,4467 providers911.73$130.72/mo
Ashe County27,2038 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.21$100.37/mo
Avery County17,55712 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.50$110.47/mo
Beaufort County46,99424 providers1013.85$136.17/mo
Bertie County18,94715 providers513.72$153.55/mo
Bladen County32,7228 providers1611.85$141.88/mo
Brunswick County142,8207 providers512.23$130.74/mo
Buncombe County261,19112 providers512.12$113.35/mo
Burke County90,48518 providers911.86$120.62/mo
Cabarrus County216,45314 providers611.07$110.97/mo
Caldwell County82,17813 providers311.74$118.46/mo
Camden County10,8676 providers315.14$174.14/mo
Carteret County69,4735 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.27$128.48/mo
Caswell County22,6049 providers411.49$129.51/mo
Catawba County159,55119 providers1711.65$119.35/mo
Chatham County74,4709 providers911.68$125.29/mo
Cherokee County28,61210 providers312.03$113.55/mo
Chowan County13,9436 providers416.20$174.58/mo
Clay County11,2319 providers112.14$116.89/mo
Cleveland County97,94716 providers2411.72$122.82/mo
Columbus County55,5088 providers1212.26$136.59/mo
Craven County102,13917 providers712.32$127.77/mo
Cumberland County335,50911 providers1211.65$135.74/mo
Currituck County27,7634 providers412.71$163.19/mo
Dare County37,0094 providers113.28$150.85/mo
Davidson County167,60911 providers511.72$128.73/mo
Davie County42,8467 providers312.09$129.65/mo
Duplin County58,74110 providers3011.96$140.87/mo
Durham County321,4889 providers511.64$125.88/mo
Edgecombe County51,47228 providers714.76$136.73/mo
Forsyth County382,2957 providers511.67$127.97/mo
Franklin County69,68516 providers1012.16$130.96/mo
Gaston County224,52917 providers1211.25$114.88/mo
Gates County11,5626 providers314.27$174.67/mo
Graham County8,4416 providers212.36$110.10/mo
Granville County60,44312 providers711.92$131.22/mo
Greene County21,06922 providers412.59$139.36/mo
Guilford County537,1748 providers1211.39$122.04/mo
Halifax County50,01018 providers1414.65$143.86/mo
Harnett County135,97615 providers1112.07$134.72/mo
Haywood County62,31710 providers212.53$114.64/mo
Henderson County117,41712 providers312.12$121.27/mo
Hertford County23,6775 providers1313.72$169.47/mo
Hoke County55,23410 providers311.58$136.98/mo
Hyde County4,9376 providers113.24$132.72/mo
Iredell County181,80612 providers611.45$116.00/mo
Jackson County43,93812 providers512.48$116.71/mo
Johnston County209,33921 providers2412.11$127.91/mo
Jones County9,41918 providers612.09$135.35/mo
Lee County61,7797 providers612.11$140.63/mo
Lenoir County55,94918 providers1512.37$139.92/mo
Lincoln County86,11119 providers511.47$116.22/mo
Macon County35,85811 providers312.60$117.93/mo
Madison County21,7559 providers112.11$112.10/mo
Martin County22,44022 providers1513.78$136.55/mo
McDowell County45,75615 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.99$121.82/mo
Mecklenburg County1,110,35615 providers711.21$109.89/mo
Mitchell County14,9647 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.61$111.03/mo
Montgomery County27,17310 providers811.95$131.56/mo
Moore County100,8808 providers912.14$139.09/mo
Nash County94,29824 providers2713.82$132.01/mo
New Hanover County234,4735 providers211.93$131.33/mo
Northampton County19,48310 providers1413.78$153.99/mo
Onslow County197,9387 providers211.71$132.54/mo
Orange County148,4765 providers411.53$129.08/mo
Pamlico County12,7265 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.53$123.05/mo
Pasquotank County39,8245 providers215.61$175.99/mo
Pender County63,0605 providers711.80$138.59/mo
Perquimans County13,4635 providers717.19$182.18/mo
Person County39,4909 providers1011.93$137.72/mo
Pitt County180,74230 providers813.60$136.45/mo
Polk County20,72411 providers112.13$127.95/mo
Randolph County143,66710 providers811.82$128.75/mo
Richmond County44,8297 providers711.64$129.25/mo
Robeson County130,62512 providers4311.93$136.72/mo
Rockingham County91,0108 providers911.13$125.80/mo
Rowan County142,08813 providers1311.43$120.35/mo
Rutherford County67,02915 providers1112.01$126.75/mo
Sampson County63,53113 providers1212.22$140.49/mo
Scotland County34,8236 providers1211.80$135.84/mo
Stanly County62,80615 providers611.67$129.88/mo
Stokes County45,5919 providers312.37$134.41/mo
Surry County71,7839 providers412.96$135.57/mo
Swain County14,2719 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.18$115.18/mo
Transylvania County34,38511 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.30$116.42/mo
Tyrrell County4,0163 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.13.07$148.02/mo
Union County239,85912 providers611.65$120.82/mo
Vance County44,53510 providers1212.18$137.73/mo
Wake County1,111,76115 providers1111.77$123.68/mo
Warren County19,73113 providers913.09$139.08/mo
Washington County11,58010 providers313.39$141.13/mo
Watauga County56,17712 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.39$109.42/mo
Wayne County123,13119 providers2612.66$140.03/mo
Wilkes County68,4128 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.12.08$127.02/mo
Wilson County81,80125 providers1413.04$134.68/mo
Yadkin County37,6675 providers412.10$128.41/mo
Yancey County18,0697 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.51$111.82/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

The state of North Carolina’s power producing plants primarily use Nuclear, which makes up 32.95% (or 42,040,000 megawatt hours) of the fuel used for electricity generation in the state. Natural Gas and Coal make up the next highest amounts at 31.91% and 20.16% respectively. Coming in at 10th worst in the US, the state releases 47,815,264,707.33 kilograms of CO2 & CO2 equivalent gases from electricity production a year. This total also results in a ranking of 29th highest in the country for pollution per resident. North Carolina has 772 electricity producing plants within its borders. This is the 2nd highest number of plants within a single state and the 9th highest number of plants per citizen in the US.

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CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Conventional Hydroelectric

Net Metering

Of the 106 electricity providers in North Carolina, 22 of them report that they offer net metering. North Carolina has good regulations in place for consumers who are interested in taking advantage of net metering with solar panels.

Energy Loss

There are 93 companies in North Carolina that reported energy loss, including Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, and Energy United Electric Member Corp. Together, these 93 electricity companies average an annual energy loss of 4.31% of electricity produced. The national average for energy loss is 2.72%, resulting in a rank of 15th worst in the US for North Carolina in this category.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

Encouraging private citizens to purchase private solar panels can be a challenge due to high initial costs. States can help the cause by issuing rebates and tax breaks to their citizens. North Carolina currently does not offer a state tax credit for solar panel installation at a private residence. Residents in the state enjoy rebates for private solar purchases of over $500. This is the highest amount we’ve seen in the country. North Carolina offers consumers a 100% tax exemption that lasts less than 10 years. Residents in the state do not have access to a sales tax exemption when installing solar panels.

State Level Initiatives

Legislation enforced at the state level affects whether customers who are seeking renewable energy sources can easily find alternatives. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) encourage or require electricity companies to produce a percentage of their electricity from renewable fuel sources. North Carolina requires electricity suppliers to produce between 1-15% of their output from renewable fuel sources. In addition, the state does not have any sort of low income solar programs that assist with the installation of solar panels at low income households.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in North Carolina

Where does North Carolina get its electricity?

Natural Gas and Coal also make up 31.91% and 20.16% respectively.

How much does electricity cost in North Carolina?

The average rate per kilowatt hour of electricity is 11.39 cents in North Carolina in 2021.