Electricity In North Carolina

  • Population10,488,084
  • Total Consumption136,179,144 MWh / 12.98 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption44,315,658,269 kg
  • Total Production131,170,995 MWh / 12.51 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$0.123/kWh$0.101/kWh$163.23/mo.$84.87/mo.
15th11.43¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of North Carolina
28th$122.18Average 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 11.43 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 16.02% below the nationwide average price of 13.62 cents. This ranks North Carolina as the 15th lowest priced state in the nation based on average electricity rate. Even though there are 105 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 4,225.33 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electric consumption per resident of the state, which is the 31st highest in the United States. Selling 57,943,665 megawatt hours a year, Duke Energy Carolinas is the largest supplier in the state. The state is the 28th largest producer of electricity per capita, averaging 12.51 megawatt hours produced per capita per year. The average monthly residential electric bill for a resident in North Carolina is $122.18 per month, while the national average is $121.91.

Residential Electricity Providers in North Carolina

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Duke Energy CarolinasBUNDLED10.21104.822,401,0212,286,496,31451,186,464.03
Duke Energy ProgressBUNDLED11.48125.8316,524,8711,897,859,98152,805,480.32
Dominion EnergyBUNDLED11.28149.561,679,865189,463,0821,502,489
Energy United Electric Member CorpBUNDLED11.44135.451,625,173185,884,000
Union PowerBUNDLED12.26149.091,130,920138,657,000
Brunswick Electric Membership CorporationBUNDLED13.77142.611,112,333153,139,731
Jones Onslow Electric Membership CorporationBUNDLED11.94136.451,021,666121,968,000
Rutherford ElectricBUNDLED11.13128.13930,421103,547,245
Fayetteville Electric CompanyBUNDLED11.06113.41916,482101,344,000-2,200
Lumbee River EMCBUNDLED11.71148.07914,058107,005,300

Power Plants in North Carolina

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Mecklenburg County Nuclear 19,653,083
Brunswick County Nuclear 15,490,493
Sherwood H Smith Jr Energy ComplexDuke Energy Progress (100.00%)
Richmond County Natural Gas 8,472,017.013,487,971,115.78411.7Yes
Stokes County Coal 8,072,501.026,428,396,560.76796.33Yes
Wake County Nuclear 7,812,546
Lake Norman of Catawba CDP Coal 7,060,392.026,224,060,935.9881.55
Person County Coal 6,384,856.016,720,713,868.351,052.6Yes
Lee Combined Cycle PlantDuke Energy Progress (100.00%)
Wayne County Natural Gas 5,228,7642,047,193,074.36391.53
James E. Rogers Energy ComplexDuke Energy Carolinas (100.00%)
Rutherford County Coal 5,051,819.993,772,441,783.85746.75Yes
Rowan County Natural Gas 4,470,5251,673,400,920.94374.32

Quick Facts

North Carolina generates 0.92 megawatt hours per capita per year from solar energy, giving the state a ranking of 3rd in the nation.

North Carolina has seen its CO2 emissions from electricity consumption rise 7.62% over the past 12 months.

North Carolina is 9th in the national rankings for total megawatt hours generated from renewable energy, with 20,067,077.37 megawatt hours produced from renewable sources.

North Carolina is the 26th highest state for non-renewable production per capita, with an average of 10.59 megawatt hours per resident generated from non-renewable fuels a year.

The burning of non-renewable fuel sources for electricity generation has increased by 5.54% over the course of the previous year in North Carolina power generation plants.

About 5.79% of the state of North Carolina’s electricity comes from hydroelectric power plants, making them 9th in the nation for total hydroelectric generation.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Alamance County169,50951110.95$116.49/mo
Alexander County37,4973410.82$119.94/mo
Alleghany County11,137112.86$114.00/mo
Anson County24,4464911.60$125.09/mo
Ashe County27,203112.86$114.00/mo
Avery County17,557411.26$114.96/mo
Beaufort County46,99471113.78$126.11/mo
Bertie County18,9473514.57$171.63/mo
Bladen County32,72251312.14$139.70/mo
Brunswick County142,8205612.77$130.47/mo
Buncombe County261,1914611.40$108.75/mo
Burke County90,4856911.46$119.32/mo
Cabarrus County216,4535810.48$110.02/mo
Caldwell County82,1784311.77$113.99/mo
Camden County10,8672412.10$154.76/mo
Carteret County69,473311.51$123.01/mo
Caswell County22,6044511.37$123.05/mo
Catawba County159,55161811.21$114.98/mo
Chatham County74,47051011.31$122.66/mo
Cherokee County28,6125511.15$107.19/mo
Chowan County13,9434412.10$154.42/mo
Clay County11,2313211.14$107.76/mo
Cleveland County97,94772311.46$117.67/mo
Columbus County55,50851412.20$132.70/mo
Craven County102,13941013.30$132.35/mo
Cumberland County335,50951411.61$128.24/mo
Currituck County27,7632311.38$150.18/mo
Dare County37,0093114.49$142.28/mo
Davidson County167,6095611.47$124.56/mo
Davie County42,8463410.82$120.11/mo
Duplin County58,74153411.73$136.24/mo
Durham County321,4885411.17$120.20/mo
Edgecombe County51,47211917.14$128.91/mo
Forsyth County382,2954511.18$119.37/mo
Franklin County69,68531111.70$129.81/mo
Gaston County224,52981410.59$102.50/mo
Gates County11,5622313.54$164.91/mo
Graham County8,4412110.21$104.80/mo
Granville County60,4436811.66$129.08/mo
Greene County21,0697512.30$132.07/mo
Guilford County537,17451110.96$116.40/mo
Halifax County50,01071414.04$137.43/mo
Harnett County135,97641012.10$139.77/mo
Haywood County62,3174212.63$117.63/mo
Henderson County117,4173310.85$115.31/mo
Hertford County23,67721513.39$163.95/mo
Hoke County55,2343311.54$131.27/mo
Hyde County4,9371115.19$139.48/mo
Iredell County181,8064510.81$111.90/mo
Jackson County43,9385512.05$117.23/mo
Johnston County209,33972712.23$124.00/mo
Jones County9,4195711.65$129.83/mo
Lee County61,7793812.46$146.81/mo
Lenoir County55,94961311.81$134.52/mo
Lincoln County86,1115510.62$115.56/mo
Macon County35,8584312.25$113.06/mo
Madison County21,755311.99$110.71/mo
Martin County22,44061612.74$119.85/mo
McDowell County45,756410.91$118.20/mo
Mecklenburg County1,110,3567611.42$101.62/mo
Mitchell County14,964311.99$110.72/mo
Montgomery County27,17351112.15$130.41/mo
Moore County100,8805912.23$133.63/mo
Nash County94,29872711.73$123.98/mo
New Hanover County234,4733311.65$129.11/mo
Northampton County19,48331512.88$156.03/mo
Onslow County197,9385411.68$130.50/mo
Orange County148,4764411.69$127.69/mo
Pamlico County12,7263113.34$132.66/mo
Pasquotank County39,8243312.21$153.83/mo
Pender County63,0604812.16$139.35/mo
Perquimans County13,4633913.43$151.73/mo
Person County39,49051012.09$134.79/mo
Pitt County180,742101012.69$128.49/mo
Polk County20,7244111.79$127.04/mo
Randolph County143,66761011.46$121.18/mo
Richmond County44,8293812.30$135.38/mo
Robeson County130,62544411.60$135.14/mo
Rockingham County91,0103810.63$115.26/mo
Rowan County142,08851411.24$106.61/mo
Rutherford County67,02971212.05$122.42/mo
Sampson County63,53151412.09$140.37/mo
Scotland County34,82351211.78$132.76/mo
Stanly County62,8067411.20$123.04/mo
Stokes County45,5914311.47$123.29/mo
Surry County71,7833412.72$130.88/mo
Swain County14,2712110.21$104.80/mo
Transylvania County34,385311.89$112.96/mo
Tyrrell County4,016111.28$149.56/mo
Union County239,8595711.85$124.67/mo
Vance County44,53541312.15$137.68/mo
Wake County1,111,76171211.35$112.62/mo
Warren County19,7314912.83$143.20/mo
Washington County11,5802313.65$143.45/mo
Watauga County56,177311.72$91.54/mo
Wayne County123,13172312.49$128.81/mo
Wilkes County68,412511.86$121.93/mo
Wilson County81,80171411.30$119.83/mo
Yadkin County37,6674412.56$129.98/mo
Yancey County18,069311.99$110.72/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

The state of North Carolina’s power producing plants primarily use Natural Gas, which makes up 34.10% (or 44,732,272.39 megawatt hours) of the fuel used for electricity generation in the state. Nuclear and Coal make up 32.75% and 17.55% of electricity production, respectively. About 44,315,658,268.88 kilograms of CO2 emissions are released in the state because of electricity consumption. This total also can be equated to a ranking of 31st highest in the US for emissions per capita with an average of 4,225.33 kilograms of emissions capita. North Carolina has 778 electricity producing plants, which is 2nd most in the country and 8th highest when counting power plants per capita.

NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
34.10%
NUCLEAR
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
32.75%
COAL
Coal
Coal
17.55%
SOLAR
Solar
7.39%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
5.79%
OTHER
Other
2.42%

North Carolina Net Metering

Of the 105 electricity providers in North Carolina, 23 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 46 companies in North Carolina that reported energy loss, including Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, and Energy United Electric Member Corp. Together, these 46 electricity companies average an annual energy loss of 3.99% of electricity produced. The national average for energy loss is 2.76%, resulting in a rank of 14th best 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.

Learn about going solar in North Carolina, 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 Energy in North Carolina

Where does North Carolina get its electricity?

North Carolina’s electricity is produced using mainly Natural Gas, which makes up 34.10% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuel sources are Nuclear and Coal, which account for 32.75% and 17.55% 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 11.43 cents in North Carolina in 2022.

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 105 electricity suppliers serving consumers in the area.

How many power plants are located in North Carolina?

There are 778 active electricity plants in North Carolina

What is the average electric bill in North Carolina?

The average electricity bill in North Carolina in 2022 is $122 while the US average is $122.

What is the cheapest electricity company in North Carolina?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1City of Lincolnton NC Utilities9.282,784
2Town of Dallas Utilities10.053,753
3Lucama, North Carolina Electric Utility10.191,157
4Duke Energy Carolinas10.212,125,287
5Apex Utilities10.2525,135
6Concord Utilities10.2632,737
7City of Kings Mountain Utilities10.405,077
8Mountain Electric Cooperative10.6519,304
9Statesville Electric Utility10.7813,902
10New River Light & Power10.948,538

Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-13