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Electricity In Tennessee

  • Population6,829,174
  • Total Consumption99,358,071 MWh / 14.55 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions32,908,368,739 kg
  • Total Production82,628,874 MWh / 12.1 MWh per capita

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Tennessee

Tennessee residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in December.

Historical Pricing:
Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.116/kWh$0.101/kWh$180.74/mo.$98.31/mo.
6th10.75¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Tennessee
39th$130.34Average residential monthly electricity bill for Tennessee Residents

Energy Profile of Tennessee

Tennessee's Electricity Prices and Usage

Consumers in Tennessee enjoy a lower electricity rate than many people around the nation, with an average state electricity rate of 10.75 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the US average rate of 13.33 cents. This ranks Tennessee as the 6th lowest priced state in the United States using average electricity rate. Even though there are 88 electric vendors in the state, the electricity market is regulated and residents often have only a couple electricity company choices determined by their location. Memphis Light, Gas and Water is the largest electricity supplier in the state based on megawatt hours sold. Residents of the state use 99,358,071 megawatt hours for statewide electricity needs, making the state the 11th largest consumer of megawatt hours in the country. Electricity providers within the state increased their production of megawatt hours from wind by approximately 20.77%. The state emitted 32,908,368,738.66 kilograms of CO2 equivalent gases from electricity use, making them the 17th worst polluting state in the US when considering total CO2 equivalent emissions.

Electricity Providers in Tennessee

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Memphis Light, Gas and Water10.10117.715,274,807532,955,703No DataIcon representing missing value.4,084,117,163.73
Nashville Electric Service11.65127.574,928,091574,296,00037,294,280,134.11
Middle Tennessee Electric9.97131.444,237,616422,675,000No DataIcon representing missing value.2,499,462,522.86
Knoxville Utilities Board10.54120.152,519,103265,613,000No DataIcon representing missing value.1,776,065,289.95
EPB10.74123.672,126,298228,467,000No DataIcon representing missing value.1,682,234,514.76
Cumberland Electric11.31163.51,579,029178,561,000No DataIcon representing missing value.869,646,201.89
Volunteer Electric Cooperative10.64128.491,443,034153,493,000No DataIcon representing missing value.746,578,964.99
Duck River Electric10.89150.751,101,994120,054,000No DataIcon representing missing value.593,105,390.9
BrightRidge11.08133.67995,495110,319,000No DataIcon representing missing value.581,383,257.44
Clarksville Electric11.10133.13950,471105,459,000No DataIcon representing missing value.491,546,107.97

Power Plants in Tennessee

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SequoyahTennessee Valley Authority (100.00%)
Nuclear 18,947,453267,353,985.0714.11No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Watts Bar Nuclear PlantTennessee Valley Authority (100.00%)
Nuclear 18,472,053294,752,160.9115.96No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Cumberland (TN)Tennessee Valley Authority (100.00%)
Coal 11,854,676.8911,823,358,042.79997.36Yes12/2028
John SevierTennessee Valley Authority (100.00%)
Natural Gas 4,885,2591,794,895,851.84367.41No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
AllenTennessee Valley Authority (100.00%)
Natural Gas 3,413,7521,198,406,220.48351.05YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Gallatin (TN)Tennessee Valley Authority (100.00%)
Coal 3,310,871.013,515,265,798.051,061.73Yes12/2031
Lagoon CreekTennessee Valley Authority (100.00%)
Natural Gas 3,285,6501,259,071,882.67383.2No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
KingstonTennessee Valley Authority (100.00%)
Coal 2,123,2572,362,872,090.711,112.85Yes12/2027
Watts Bar HydroTennessee Valley Authority (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 1,527,599.9994,196,112.561.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Fort LoudounTennessee Valley Authority (100.00%)
Conventional Hydroelectric 1,264,51077,973,233.0861.66No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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When comparing annual CO2 equivalent emissions per capita, Tennessee had a 12.67% increase over the course of the preceding 12 months.

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Tennessee is 20th in the US rankings for total megawatt hours generated from sustainable energy, with 12,149,829.83 megawatt hours produced from renewable fuel types.

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Tennessee is the 26th worst polluting state when considering emissions per capita. The state emits 4,818.79 kilograms per person per year of carbon dioxide equivalent gases.

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Residents in Tennessee face an average of 1.65 outages lasting 140.82 minutes per year, compared to the US averages of 1.13 outages at 127.16 minutes per outage.

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Tennessee produces 10.32 megawatt hours of electricity per person in the state from non-renewable electricity sources. They are the 27th highest state in the United States for non-renewable generation per capita.

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Over the past 12 months, Tennessee has had a 0.87% rise in population.

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Anderson County76,97811 providers411.07$127.15/mo
Bedford County49,71310 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.68$138.45/mo
Benton County16,1607 providers111.43$135.02/mo
Bledsoe County15,0648 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.05$130.50/mo
Blount County133,08811 providers210.70$131.18/mo
Bradley County108,1108 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.91$127.58/mo
Campbell County39,84210 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.35$128.07/mo
Cannon County14,6788 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.81$129.00/mo
Carroll County27,76711 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.91$136.86/mo
Carter County56,39114 providers211.09$117.86/mo
Cheatham County40,6677 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.97$141.67/mo
Chester County17,2977 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.46$143.51/mo
Claiborne County31,95911 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.07$122.92/mo
Clay County7,6154 providers110.99$136.80/mo
Cocke County36,00411 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.69$119.69/mo
Coffee County56,5209 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.67$136.22/mo
Crockett County14,2308 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.06$140.75/mo
Cumberland County60,52012 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.14$129.70/mo
Davidson County694,1447 providers311.14$132.69/mo
DeKalb County20,4908 providers111.05$129.25/mo
Decatur County11,6637 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.17$131.15/mo
Dickson County53,9486 providers110.89$136.62/mo
Dyer County37,15913 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.15$143.76/mo
Fayette County41,13310 providers110.95$135.63/mo
Fentress County18,5238 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.10$125.83/mo
Franklin County42,2088 providers110.69$136.88/mo
Gibson County49,13311 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.85$138.80/mo
Giles County29,46411 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.35$140.34/mo
Grainger County23,32010 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.87$128.42/mo
Greene County69,06915 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.00$123.04/mo
Grundy County13,4277 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.89$130.54/mo
Hamblen County64,93410 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.27$129.78/mo
Hamilton County367,8049 providers510.83$126.67/mo
Hancock County6,62011 providers110.86$121.35/mo
Hardeman County25,0509 providers111.40$146.99/mo
Hardin County25,65210 providers211.32$132.40/mo
Hawkins County56,78612 providers110.42$128.67/mo
Haywood County17,30411 providers411.39$142.24/mo
Henderson County28,1178 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.92$133.40/mo
Henry County32,3457 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.51$132.67/mo
Hickman County25,1789 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.01$137.23/mo
Houston County8,2015 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.34$142.45/mo
Humphreys County18,5824 providers111.70$137.75/mo
Jackson County11,7865 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.77$124.58/mo
Jefferson County54,4958 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.41$124.51/mo
Johnson County17,78811 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.78$116.23/mo
Knox County470,31313 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.73$128.39/mo
Lake County7,0169 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.28$147.76/mo
Lauderdale County25,6339 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.58$141.07/mo
Lawrence County44,1429 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.39$138.68/mo
Lewis County12,2688 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.33$139.49/mo
Lincoln County34,3666 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.07$145.39/mo
Loudon County54,06815 providers310.81$136.17/mo
Macon County24,6025 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.02$142.48/mo
Madison County97,98410 providers111.00$138.46/mo
Marion County28,9078 providers111.12$133.26/mo
Marshall County34,3758 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.87$139.08/mo
Maury County96,38710 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.99$139.09/mo
McMinn County53,7949 providers111.08$135.62/mo
McNairy County25,69411 providers411.44$140.98/mo
Meigs County12,4229 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.16$132.36/mo
Monroe County46,54515 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.03$137.25/mo
Montgomery County208,9937 providers111.10$146.52/mo
Moore County6,4889 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.77$138.59/mo
Morgan County21,4037 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.49$129.60/mo
Obion County30,06913 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.81$138.61/mo
Overton County22,2416 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.81$125.52/mo
Perry County8,0765 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.41$130.57/mo
Pickett County5,0487 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.02$122.03/mo
Polk County16,83213 providers411.15$129.19/mo
Putnam County80,2457 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.92$126.17/mo
Rhea County33,1677 providers211.03$129.65/mo
Roane County53,38213 providers111.10$132.82/mo
Robertson County71,8137 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.18$148.40/mo
Rutherford County332,2856 providers110.50$130.74/mo
Scott County22,0689 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.34$119.43/mo
Sequatchie County15,0266 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.06$130.60/mo
Sevier County98,25011 providers111.10$123.83/mo
Shelby County937,16613 providers411.36$124.96/mo
Smith County20,1577 providers110.69$136.54/mo
Stewart County13,7157 providers111.46$145.19/mo
Sullivan County158,34814 providers310.40$126.31/mo
Sumner County191,2837 providers210.95$139.69/mo
Tipton County61,5999 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.38$131.47/mo
Trousdale County11,2846 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.75$138.59/mo
Unicoi County17,88313 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.08$118.65/mo
Union County19,9726 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.02$126.17/mo
Van Buren County5,87210 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.00$128.94/mo
Warren County41,2778 providers110.85$128.75/mo
Washington County129,37514 providers110.88$121.69/mo
Wayne County16,6737 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.11.40$134.69/mo
Weakley County33,3288 providers110.44$135.67/mo
White County27,3457 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.99$127.39/mo
Williamson County238,4128 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.90$135.97/mo
Wilson County144,6578 providersNo DataIcon representing missing value.10.79$136.33/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Tracking emissions on a per capita basis shows us the emissions efficiency of a state. Tennessee averages 4,818.79 kilograms of CO2 equivalent emissions per person. This adds up to total emissions of 32,908,368,738.66 kilograms of CO2 & CO2 equivalent gases from electricity generation, making the state the 17th highest for total emissions in the country. Electricity producing facilities in the state primarily use Nuclear, which makes up 45.29% of the fuel sources used for electricity production in the state. Secondary fuels used during electricity production include Coal at 22.05% and Natural Gas at 17.83% of production. Tennessee has 73 electricity plants, which is 38th highest in the country and 49th highest when considering plants per resident.

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Net Metering

There are 88 companies in Tennessee providing electricity. Of those 88, only one of them offers some type of net metering option for their consumers, which makes solar panels and alternative electric sources more economically viable. Many net metering regulations are enforced at the state level, and Tennessee has nonexistent regulations for consumers interested in purchasing solar panels.

Energy Loss

There are 82 providers in Tennessee that reported energy loss, including Memphis Light, Gas and Water, Nashville Electric Service, and Middle Tennessee Electric. Combined, these 82 companies average an annual energy loss of 2.27% of electricity produced. With a national average of 2.72%, Tennessee is ranked as the 45th worst state in the US.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

Motivating residents to consider installing solar panels can often be a challenge due to prohibitive initial costs. States can help by issuing rebates and tax breaks to their residents. Tennessee has a tax credit of $1000 or less or no state tax. There are currently no state sponsored rebates available to residents who are installing solar panels. The state only offers some optional tax exemptions for consumers who wish to install private solar. There is currently a 100% sales tax exemption in place for the purchase of solar at a place of residence.

State Level Initiatives

Whether a customer is able to easily purchase electricity options with renewable fuel types is somewhat determined by legislation at the state level. Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) encourage or require electric suppliers to generate a percentage of their electricity from renewable energy. The state of Tennessee, unfortunately, has no standards in place. In addition, there are currently no low income solar programs to assist low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Tennessee

What is the average electricity rate in Tennessee?

A good electricity rate in Tennessee would be somewhere below the state average of 10.75 cents per kilowatt hour. Anything below that amount would be better than most other rates in the state. Currently, the varying rates in the state range from 9.48 cents per kilowatt hour up to 14.77 cents per kilowatt hour.

Where does Tennessee get its electricity?

The primary fuel used for electricity production in Tennessee is Nuclear, making up 45.29% of the fuel used in the state.

How much does electricity cost in Tennessee?

The average cost per kilowatt hour of electricity is 10.75 cents in Tennessee in 2021.