Electricity In North Carolina
- 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
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:
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 $121.91.
Residential Electricity Providers in North Carolina
|Provider||Service Type||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Average Bill ($)||Residential Sales (MWh)||Residential Revenues ($)||State Production (MWh)|
|Duke Energy Carolinas||BUNDLED||10.21||104.8||22,401,021||2,286,496,314||51,186,464.03|
|Duke Energy Progress||BUNDLED||11.48||125.83||16,524,871||1,897,859,981||52,805,480.32|
|Energy United Electric Member Corp||BUNDLED||11.44||135.45||1,625,173||185,884,000|
|Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation||BUNDLED||13.77||142.61||1,112,333||153,139,731|
|Jones Onslow Electric Membership Corporation||BUNDLED||11.94||136.45||1,021,666||121,968,000|
|Fayetteville Electric Company||BUNDLED||11.06||113.41||916,482||101,344,000||-2,200|
|Lumbee River EMC||BUNDLED||11.71||148.07||914,058||107,005,300|
Power Plants in North Carolina
|Plant||City/County||Primary Fuel Type||Production (MWh)||Emission (KG)||Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)||Toxic Chemical Release||Closing Date|
Sherwood H Smith Jr Energy ComplexDuke Energy Progress (100.00%)
|Richmond County||Natural Gas||8,472,017.01||3,487,971,115.78||411.7||Yes|
Belews CreekDuke Energy Carolinas (100.00%)
Marshall (NC)Duke Energy Carolinas (100.00%)
|Lake Norman of Catawba CDP||Coal||7,060,392.02||6,224,060,935.9||881.55|
Lee Combined Cycle PlantDuke Energy Progress (100.00%)
|Wayne County||Natural Gas||5,228,764||2,047,193,074.36||391.53|
James E. Rogers Energy ComplexDuke Energy Carolinas (100.00%)
|Rowan County||Natural Gas||4,470,525||1,673,400,920.94||374.32|
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.
|County||Population||Providers||Plants||Residential Rate (¢)||Residential Avg. Electric Bill|
|New Hanover County||234,473||3||3||11.65||$129.11/mo|
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.
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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 power companies are in North Carolina?
|State Customers Rank||Provider||State Customers|
|1||Duke Energy Carolinas||2,125,287|
|2||Duke Energy Progress||1,472,405|
|3||Energy United Electric Member Corp||132,141|
|5||Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation||100,316|
|6||Fayetteville Electric Company||83,781|
|8||Jones Onslow Electric Membership Corporation||78,850|
|9||Blue Ridge Energy||77,549|
What is the cheapest electricity company in North Carolina?
|Residential Rate Rank||Provider||Residential Rate (¢)||State Customers|
|1||City of Lincolnton NC Utilities||9.28||2,784|
|2||Town of Dallas Utilities||10.05||3,753|
|3||Lucama, North Carolina Electric Utility||10.19||1,157|
|4||Duke Energy Carolinas||10.21||2,125,287|
|7||City of Kings Mountain Utilities||10.40||5,077|
|8||Mountain Electric Cooperative||10.65||19,304|
|9||Statesville Electric Utility||10.78||13,902|
|10||New River Light & Power||10.94||8,538|