Wake County, North Carolina Electricity Rates & Statistics

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Wake County, North Carolina Electricity Overview

Wake County generates 57.62% of their required electricity and must bring in the remaining 42.38% from other counties.

The average residential price per kilowatt hour in Wake County is 12.00 cents. This is approximately 17.02% less than the national average rate of 14.46 cents per kilowatt hour.

Wake County is 70th in North Carolina rankings for total megawatt hours produced from renewable energy, with 33,296 megawatt hours produced from renewable fuel types.

Wake County ranks 115th in the nation out of 3221 counties for total production of electricity from non-renewable fuel sources, with 8,710,046 of the county's 8,743,342 megawatt hours coming from those fuels.

Wake County has a population of 1,129,410 residents.

Wake County is home to over 1,129,410 residents and generates 33,296 megawatt hours of electricity from solar sources, or 0.03 megawatt hour per capita. This ranks Wake County 715th out of 3221 counties in the US for solar megawatt hours produced per person.

ENERGY CONSUMPTION

  • Total Consumption

    15,174,933 MWh

  • Consumption per Capita

    13.44 MWh

ENERGY PRODUCTION

  • Total Production

    8,743,342 MWh

  • Production from Renewable Energy

    33,296 MWh

  • Production from Non-Renewable Energy

    8,710,046 MWh

  • Production per Capita

    7.74 MWh

EMISSIONS

  • CO2 Emissions

    2,038,919,953 kg

  • CO2 Emissions per Capita

    1,805.3 kg

Raleigh, NC Electricity Overview

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Citizens who call Raleigh home spend, on average, 12.01 cents per kilowatt hour for their electricity. Sadly, this is 2.39% more than North Carolina's average price of 11.73 cents, resulting in the city ranking 506th out of 777 cities in North Carolina for best average electricity rate. There is 4878.23% more electricity used in Raleigh than is produced, meaning they must purchase electricity from neighboring cities and counties. Electric production plants in Raleigh have, sadly, permitted a 27.28% increase in the amount of fossil and other non-renewable fuel types used last year.

Raleigh is the 2nd highest ranked city in North Carolina out of 777 when it comes to total pollution from electricity use, with the city emitting 1,955,420,182.15 kilograms of CO2 emissions. Additionally, the city ranks 9th highest in the state for emissions per capita, which could be argued to be the more important statistic. They average 4,181.24 kilograms of emissions per citizen. Natural Gas is the primary fuel type in Raleigh, with 99.89% of electricity production coming from the fuel type. Raleigh has the 7th highest electricity producing plants of any city in North Carolina, with 2 total plants.

Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Raleigh

Raleigh residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in August.

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.130/kWh$0.096/kWh$164.47/mo.$80.69/mo.
506th12.01¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Raleigh
493rd$132.57Average residential monthly electricity bill for Raleigh Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Raleigh, North Carolina

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
Duke Energy ProgressBUNDLED11.99131.816,772,6002,010,447,552
Wake ElectricBUNDLED12.24140.1624,63276,460,300

Zips with electric coverage in Raleigh, North Carolina include: 27610, 27587, 27603, 27703, 27616, 27529, 27606, 27604, 27615, 27613, 27612 and 12 other zip code(s).

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Cary, NC Electricity Overview

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Citizens who call Cary home spend, on average, 11.85 cents per kilowatt hour for their electricity. Sadly, this is 1.02% more than North Carolina's average price of 11.73 cents, resulting in the city ranking 370th out of 777 cities in North Carolina for best average electricity rate. There is 128887.87% more electricity used in Cary than is produced, meaning they must purchase electricity from neighboring cities and counties. Generation from renewable resources totals 0.01 megawatt hours produced per customer. This results in a ranking of 69th out of 777 cities in North Carolina.

Cary is the 7th highest ranked city in North Carolina out of 777 when it comes to total pollution from electricity use, with the city emitting 714,355,633.74 kilograms of CO2 emissions. Additionally, the city ranks 714th highest in the state for emissions per capita, which could be argued to be the more important statistic. They average 4,088.55 kilograms of emissions per citizen. Solar is the primary fuel type in Cary, with 100.00% of electricity production coming from the fuel type. Cary has the 25th highest number of electricity plants of any city in the state, with one total plant.

Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Cary

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.128/kWh$0.096/kWh$163.12/mo.$79.91/mo.
370th11.85¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Cary
340th$129.79Average residential monthly electricity bill for Cary Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Cary, North Carolina

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
Duke Energy CarolinasBUNDLED10.24106.2322,801,9452,333,957,852
Duke Energy ProgressBUNDLED11.99131.816,772,6002,010,447,552

Zips with electric coverage in Cary, North Carolina include: 27519, 27713, 27526, 27606, 27513, 27502, 27560, 27511, 27607, 27539, 27617 and 2 other zip code(s).

Apex, NC Electricity Overview

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Citizens who call Apex home spend, on average, 11.46 cents per kilowatt hour for their electricity. Thankfully, this is 2.34% less than North Carolina's average price of 11.73 cents, resulting in the city ranking 277th out of 777 cities in North Carolina for best average electricity rate. The largest vendor in the city based on megawatt hours sold is Apex Utilities. The nationwide average monthly residential electric bill is $129.86, while the Apex average is 9.60% lower at $117.38 per month.

Apex is the 17th highest ranked city in North Carolina out of 777 when it comes to total pollution from electricity use, with the city emitting 240,511,459.52 kilograms of CO2 emissions. This total also equates to a ranking of 109th worst in the state for emissions per capita. The city has no power production sources, resulting in the need to import the 789,777.48 megawatt hours that citizens here consume.

Average Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Apex

Apex residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in August.

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.130/kWh$0.096/kWh$164.47/mo.$80.69/mo.
277th11.46¢Average residential price per kWh in the city of Apex
227th$117.38Average residential monthly electricity bill for Apex Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Apex, North Carolina

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)City Production (MWh)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)
Apex UtilitiesBUNDLED10.2584.55231,47423,718,500
Duke Energy ProgressBUNDLED11.99131.816,772,6002,010,447,552

Zips with electric coverage in Apex, North Carolina include: 27519, 27513, 27502, 27511, 27539, 27523, 27562

Electricity Production in Wake County, North Carolina

Power Plants in Wake County, North Carolina

PlantCity/CountyStatePrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (kg)Emissions per MWhToxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Wake County NC Nuclear 8,583,824
NCSU Cates Cogeneration PlantNC State University, Energy Systems (100.00%)
Raleigh NC Natural Gas 80,44451,276,332.72637.42
NCSU CCUP Cogeneration PlantNC State University, Energy Systems (100.00%)
Raleigh NC Natural Gas 45,77829,026,828.38634.08
Wakefield SolarCypress Creek Renewables (100.00%)
Wake County NC Solar 9,835
Creech Solar 2, LLCCypress Creek Renewables (100.00%)
Wake County NC Solar 9,136
Sunfish FarmCypress Creek Renewables (100.00%)
Wake County NC Solar 8,390
CBC Solar Energy Gen Fac Phase 2CBC Alternative Energy, LLC (100.00%)
Wake County NC Solar 4,115
SAS Solar FarmSAS Institute Inc (100.00%)
Cary NC Solar 1,820

Wake County, North Carolina Details

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

When considering electricity production, Wake County's top fuel type is Nuclear, making up 98.18%, or 8,583,824 megawatt hours of production in the county. Taken together with Natural Gas (1.44%) and Solar (0.38%), these three fuel types make up 100.00% county electricity generation. Electricity use in the county results in the release of 2,038,919,952.76 kilograms of CO2 pollution per year, which is 160th highest in the United States out of 3221 counties. Perhaps a better measurement of pollution is the CO2 levels per capita, which amounts to 1,805.3 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person per year. Using this calculation the county is the 2604th highest polluting county in the nation. Wake County is home to 8 power producing plants, which is 35th most in the state.

NUCLEAR
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
98.18%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
1.44%
SOLAR
Solar
0.38%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
Distillate Fuel Oil
0.00%

Wake County, North Carolina Net Metering

Of the 5 electric companies in Wake County, 4 of them report that they offer net metering. The state has commendable net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other types of electricity generation more attractive.

Energy Loss

The average energy loss for electricity providers in Wake County is 3.85%. This includes data from 4 providers, including Duke Energy Progress, Apex Utilities, and Wake Electric. With a United States average energy loss of 2.76%, Wake County is ranked as the 887th best county in the US for energy loss efficiency.

Providers In Each City in Wake County:

  • Apex, North Carolina:
    • Apex Utilities: 18.00%
    • North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency: 41.00%
    • Duke Energy Progress: 41.00%
  • Cary, North Carolina:
    • Duke Energy Carolinas: 3.99%
    • Duke Energy Progress: 46.80%
    • North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency: 49.21%
  • Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina:
    • Duke Energy Progress: 100.00%
  • Garner, North Carolina:
    • North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency: 50.00%
    • Duke Energy Progress: 50.00%
  • Holly Springs, North Carolina:
    • Duke Energy Progress: 100.00%
  • Knightdale, North Carolina:
    • North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency: 41.98%
    • Duke Energy Progress: 41.98%
    • Wake Electric: 16.04%
  • Morrisville, North Carolina:
    • Duke Energy Progress: 38.26%
    • Duke Energy Carolinas: 12.09%
    • North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency: 49.65%
  • Raleigh, North Carolina:
    • Duke Energy Progress: 47.60%
    • Wake Electric: 4.83%
    • North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency: 47.57%
  • Rolesville, North Carolina:
    • North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency: 33.33%
    • Duke Energy Progress: 33.33%
    • Wake Electric: 33.33%
  • Wake Forest, North Carolina:
    • Duke Energy Progress: 26.96%
    • Wake Electric: 26.96%
    • Wake Forest Power: 19.85%
    • North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency: 26.23%
  • Wendell, North Carolina:
    • Wake Electric: 12.68%
    • North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency: 43.66%
    • Duke Energy Progress: 43.66%
  • Zebulon, North Carolina:
    • North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency: 33.33%
    • Wake Electric: 33.33%
    • Duke Energy Progress: 33.33%

* City coverage generated based on government data. Always verify you can get service from the provider.

FAQ

How many power plants are located in Wake County, North Carolina?

Wake County, North Carolina has 8 active electricity plants producing electricity for the county and other surrounding areas.

What electricity company is the largest provider in Wake County, North Carolina?

By total customer count, Duke Energy Progress is the largest electricity company in Wake County, North Carolina.

How many electric companies offer service in Wake County, North Carolina?

There are 5 electricity suppliers offering service in Wake County, North Carolina.

What electricity companies offer service in Wake County, North Carolina?

County Customers RankProviderEst. County Customers
1Duke Energy Progress48,697
2Apex Utilities25,135
3Wake Electric13,441
4Wake Forest Power6,479
5Duke Energy Carolinas3,466

Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2022-09-21