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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
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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 Electric Rates:

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 residential 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 CO2 emissions from electric consumption per resident of the state, which is the 29th highest in the United States. Selling 56,946,820 megawatt hours a year, Duke Energy Carolinas is the largest supplier in the state. The state is the 27th largest producer of electricity per capita, averaging 12.17 megawatt hours produced per capita per year. The average monthly residential electric bill for a resident in North Carolina is $122.42 per month, while the national average is $120.11.

Residential Electricity Providers in North Carolina

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Duke Energy Carolinas10.21105.8222,369,5172,283,594,12850,467,885.0143,822,879,762.34
Duke Energy Progress11.36125.0116,467,3791,871,512,35151,817,706.489,046,015,197.2
Dominion Energy11.51155.041,697,730195,476,7601,573,9282,572,442,859.56
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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Mecklenburg County Nuclear 19,616,898312,160,120.6815.91No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Brunswick County 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%)
Richmond County Natural Gas 8,898,1613,620,923,474.51406.93YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Stokes County Coal 7,992,547.996,513,597,273.69814.96YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Wake County Nuclear 7,753,462111,892,360.114.43No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Lake Norman of Catawba CDP Coal 6,883,629.026,312,979,691.46917.1No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Person County Coal 6,716,330.997,017,420,550.541,044.83YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
James E. Rogers Energy ComplexDuke Energy Carolinas (100.00%)
Rutherford County Coal 5,011,3263,991,954,154.92796.59YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Lee Combined Cycle PlantDuke Energy Progress (100.00%)
Wayne County Natural Gas 4,524,0221,790,857,402.18395.86No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Rowan County Natural Gas 4,157,5731,595,526,923.02383.76YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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North Carolina generates 0.87 megawatt hours per capita per year from solar energy, giving the state a ranking of 3rd in the nation.

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CO2 pollution amounts from electricity use have improved by 0.39% throughout the last year in North Carolina.

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North Carolina is 9th in the national rankings for total megawatt hours generated from renewable energy, with 18,743,367.43 megawatt hours produced from renewable sources.

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North Carolina is the 25th highest state for non-renewable production per capita, with an average of 10.38 megawatt hours per resident generated from non-renewable fuels a year.

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The burning of non-renewable fuels in electricity production in North Carolina has dropped by 1.78% during the course of the previous 12 months.

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About 5.19% of the state of North Carolina’s electricity comes from hydroelectric power plants, making them 9th in the nation for total hydroelectric generation.

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Alamance County169,50951110.89$116.72/mo
Alexander County37,4973410.74$121.97/mo
Alleghany County11,1371No DataIcon representing missing value.11.90$104.13/mo
Anson County24,4464911.39$125.61/mo
Ashe County27,2031No DataIcon representing missing value.11.90$104.13/mo
Avery County17,5574No DataIcon representing missing value.11.23$113.44/mo
Beaufort County46,99471013.20$127.05/mo
Bertie County18,9473514.28$176.15/mo
Bladen County32,72251211.80$139.34/mo
Brunswick County142,8205512.07$127.03/mo
Buncombe County261,1914611.70$110.83/mo
Burke County90,4856811.69$121.23/mo
Cabarrus County216,4535710.44$113.43/mo
Caldwell County82,1784311.46$112.55/mo
Camden County10,8672412.37$161.35/mo
Carteret County69,4733No DataIcon representing missing value.11.50$124.47/mo
Caswell County22,6044511.15$122.27/mo
Catawba County159,55161711.24$115.91/mo
Chatham County74,4705811.26$123.72/mo
Cherokee County28,6125511.28$109.29/mo
Chowan County13,9434412.32$160.65/mo
Clay County11,2313211.27$109.93/mo
Cleveland County97,94772311.61$124.70/mo
Columbus County55,50851212.05$132.42/mo
Craven County102,13941012.91$132.20/mo
Cumberland County335,50951311.46$129.37/mo
Currituck County27,7632311.62$155.80/mo
Dare County37,0093114.09$144.62/mo
Davidson County167,6095611.44$128.54/mo
Davie County42,8463410.75$122.14/mo
Duplin County58,74153411.39$135.98/mo
Durham County321,4885411.02$119.93/mo
Edgecombe County51,47211817.06$133.95/mo
Forsyth County382,2954511.13$121.36/mo
Franklin County69,68531111.60$130.41/mo
Gaston County224,52981410.64$107.19/mo
Gates County11,5622213.41$169.96/mo
Graham County8,4412110.21$105.82/mo
Granville County60,4436811.76$130.38/mo
Greene County21,0697512.12$137.23/mo
Guilford County537,17451110.90$116.63/mo
Halifax County50,01071213.84$138.02/mo
Harnett County135,97641011.94$141.06/mo
Haywood County62,3174212.56$118.66/mo
Henderson County117,4173310.79$115.41/mo
Hertford County23,67721413.29$169.02/mo
Hoke County55,2343211.42$132.56/mo
Hyde County4,9371114.63$141.00/mo
Iredell County181,8064510.77$114.25/mo
Jackson County43,9385512.00$117.19/mo
Johnston County209,33972612.35$130.82/mo
Jones County9,4195611.53$128.84/mo
Lee County61,7793812.25$148.17/mo
Lenoir County55,94961311.57$134.55/mo
Lincoln County86,1115510.82$118.21/mo
Macon County35,8584312.23$113.49/mo
Madison County21,7553No DataIcon representing missing value.12.45$113.33/mo
Martin County22,44061413.30$126.88/mo
McDowell County45,7564No DataIcon representing missing value.10.89$118.68/mo
Mecklenburg County1,110,3567511.20$106.25/mo
Mitchell County14,9643No DataIcon representing missing value.12.45$113.34/mo
Montgomery County27,17351112.15$132.64/mo
Moore County100,8805912.19$135.60/mo
Nash County94,29872711.61$127.57/mo
New Hanover County234,4733311.46$128.16/mo
Northampton County19,48331513.12$160.68/mo
Onslow County197,9385411.56$129.41/mo
Orange County148,4764411.37$126.38/mo
Pamlico County12,7263113.00$133.00/mo
Pasquotank County39,8243312.44$162.30/mo
Pender County63,0604811.76$138.00/mo
Perquimans County13,4633817.51$182.47/mo
Person County39,49051011.97$134.59/mo
Pitt County180,74210912.58$135.58/mo
Polk County20,7244111.95$133.63/mo
Randolph County143,6676911.49$123.23/mo
Richmond County44,8293711.98$135.63/mo
Robeson County130,62544211.48$138.12/mo
Rockingham County91,0103810.58$116.97/mo
Rowan County142,08851411.59$122.33/mo
Rutherford County67,02971212.08$129.77/mo
Sampson County63,53151311.89$141.84/mo
Scotland County34,82351211.61$134.21/mo
Stanly County62,8067411.14$124.77/mo
Stokes County45,5914311.40$125.55/mo
Surry County71,7833412.67$133.67/mo
Swain County14,2712110.21$105.82/mo
Transylvania County34,3853No DataIcon representing missing value.11.92$111.78/mo
Tyrrell County4,0161No DataIcon representing missing value.11.51$155.04/mo
Union County239,8595711.79$128.83/mo
Vance County44,53541212.37$139.49/mo
Wake County1,111,76171211.53$119.56/mo
Warren County19,7314813.00$141.27/mo
Washington County11,5802213.40$146.52/mo
Watauga County56,1773No DataIcon representing missing value.11.26$89.17/mo
Wayne County123,13172312.69$139.24/mo
Wilkes County68,4125No DataIcon representing missing value.11.72$122.84/mo
Wilson County81,8017611.62$126.44/mo
Yadkin County37,6674412.51$132.70/mo
Yancey County18,0693No DataIcon representing missing value.12.45$113.33/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 31.91% and 20.16% of electricity production, respectively. About 47,815,264,707.33 kilograms of CO2 emissions are released in the state because of electricity consumption. This total also can be equated to a ranking of 29th highest in the US for emissions per capita with an average of 4,559.01 kilograms of emissions capita. North Carolina has 738 electricity producing plants, which is 2nd most in the country and 8th highest when counting power plants per capita.

NUCLEAR
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
32.95%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
31.91%
COAL
Coal
Coal
Coal
20.16%
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Solar
7.13%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC Renewable, RefreshableIcon representing renewability.
Conventional Hydroelectric
5.19%
OTHER
Other
2.66%

North Carolina 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?

North Carolina’s electricity is produced using mainly Nuclear, which makes up 32.95% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuel sources are Natural Gas and Coal, which account for 31.91% and 20.16% of total production respectively.

What electricity company is the largest provider in North Carolina?

By total megawatt hours sold, Duke Energy Carolinas is the largest electricity supplier in North Carolina.

What is a good electricity rate in North Carolina?

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

Does North Carolina have a deregulated electricity market?

North Carolina has a regulated electricity market, rather than a deregulated market. This means that citizens in the state normally have only one or two electricity supplier choices to choose from due to state legislation.

How many electric companies offer service in North Carolina?

North Carolina is home to 106 electricity suppliers serving consumers in the area.

How many power plants are located in North Carolina?

There are 738 active electricity plants in North Carolina

What is the average electric bill in North Carolina?

The average electricity bill in North Carolina in 2021 is $122 while the US average is $120.

What power companies are in North Carolina?

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1Duke Energy Carolinas2,097,204
2Duke Energy Progress1,461,170
3Energy United Electric Member Corp130,295
4Dominion Energy123,527
5Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation98,803
6Fayetteville Electric Company83,648
7Jones Onslow Electric Membership Corporation78,532
8Union Power77,706
9Blue Ridge Energy76,823
10Rutherford Electric72,399

What is the cheapest electricity company in North Carolina?

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1Town of Dallas Utilities10.043,703
2City of New Bern Electric10.0522,783
3Apex Utilities10.1622,183
4Concord Utilities10.2131,957
5Duke Energy Carolinas10.212,097,204
6City of Kings Mountain Utilities10.575,022
7Elizabeth City Power10.7311,870
8Statesville Electric Utility10.8113,738
9New River Light & Power10.828,356
10Fayetteville Electric Company10.8783,648

Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-13