Electricity In Tennessee

  • Population6,829,174
  • Total Consumption99,870,210 MWh / 14.62 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption31,457,312,317 kg
  • Total Production82,411,879 MWh / 12.07 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Tennessee

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

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.116/kWh$0.101/kWh$180.74/mo.$98.31/mo.
7th11.01¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Tennessee
43rd$133.64Average residential monthly electricity bill for Tennessee Residents

Energy Profile of Tennessee

Tennessee's Electricity Prices and Usage

Consumers in Tennessee enjoy a lower residential electricity rate than many people around the nation, with an average state electricity rate of 11.01 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the US average rate of 13.62 cents. This ranks Tennessee as the 7th lowest priced state in the United States using average electricity rate. Even though there are 84 electric vendors in the state, the electricity market is regulated and residents often have only a couple electricity company choices determined by their location. The largest electricity supplier in the state based on megawatt hours sold is Memphis Light, Gas and Water. Citizens in the state average a per capita consumption rate of 14.62 megawatt hours of electricity per year. As the 27th highest polluting state based on pollution per person from electricity consumption, Tennessee residents create emissions of 4,606.31 kilograms of CO2 emissions each. All told, customers in the state consume a grand total of 99,870,210 megawatt hours to meet their electricity needs.

Residential Electricity Providers in Tennessee

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Memphis Light, Gas and WaterBUNDLED10.46121.325,263,765550,797,550
Nashville Electric ServiceBUNDLED11.84128.344,925,701583,133,0003
Middle Tennessee ElectricBUNDLED10.21132.684,317,083440,602,000
Knoxville Utilities BoardBUNDLED10.75121.442,507,589269,646,000
Cumberland ElectricBUNDLED11.51166.221,595,897183,617,000
Volunteer Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.79129.121,437,756155,119,000
Duck River ElectricBUNDLED11.11152.091,098,102122,033,000
Clarksville ElectricBUNDLED11.29135.09963,017108,763,000

Power Plants in Tennessee

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Rhea County Nuclear 18,058,539
Hamilton County Nuclear 17,938,785
Cumberland City Coal 10,296,654.9710,349,646,219.711,005.15Yes12/2028
Hawkins County Natural Gas 4,690,3741,739,563,557.34370.88
Memphis Natural Gas 4,425,4171,566,522,779.01353.98Yes
Gallatin Coal 4,050,216.014,133,501,144.161,020.56Yes12/2031
Haywood County Natural Gas 2,813,1021,076,068,425.22382.52
Roane County Coal 2,535,527.012,786,700,768.661,099.06Yes12/2027
Rhea County Conventional Hydroelectric 1,527,599.99
Lenoir City Conventional Hydroelectric 1,264,510

Quick Facts

Tennessee is the 17th worst polluting state in the US based on electricity related pollution, emitting 31,457,312,317.3 kilograms of CO2 emissions.

Tennessee ranks 38th highest in the United States for electricity per person produced from wind power. With a total production amount of 40,674.86 megawatt hours from wind turbines and a population of 6,829,174, the state averages 0.01 megawatt hours per resident a year from wind power.

Tennessee saw a 5.72% rise in the amount of electricity produced by wind turbines around the state.

As the 31st highest state for non-renewable generation per capita, Tennessee generates 10.14 megawatt hours per person each year.

Tennessee produces approximately 2.62 megawatt hours of electricity from natural gas per citizen living in the state. This is the 24th highest amount in the nation.

Customers in Tennessee experience an average of 1.87 outages lasting 175.57 minutes each year, compared to the US averages of 1.21 outages at 122.99 minutes an outage.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Anderson County76,9782511.45$136.22/mo
Bedford County49,713211.09$150.67/mo
Benton County16,1601112.78$134.47/mo
Bledsoe County15,064311.18$127.67/mo
Blount County133,0885210.60$129.99/mo
Bradley County108,110310.92$129.36/mo
Campbell County39,842411.66$124.57/mo
Cannon County14,678210.27$132.60/mo
Carroll County27,767210.47$122.78/mo
Carter County56,3912210.67$111.85/mo
Cheatham County40,6673111.12$147.33/mo
Chester County17,297311.45$145.56/mo
Claiborne County31,959210.82$111.43/mo
Clay County7,6152111.02$134.52/mo
Cocke County36,004212.07$109.29/mo
Coffee County56,520311.06$149.18/mo
Crockett County14,230211.61$153.62/mo
Cumberland County60,520310.83$129.39/mo
Davidson County694,1441411.84$128.34/mo
DeKalb County20,4904111.21$131.28/mo
Decatur County11,663110.76$112.55/mo
Dickson County53,948110.15$122.93/mo
Dyer County37,159311.66$148.78/mo
Fayette County41,1333210.02$134.31/mo
Fentress County18,523110.79$129.12/mo
Franklin County42,2084111.08$149.98/mo
Gibson County49,133411.24$146.08/mo
Giles County29,464411.63$138.13/mo
Grainger County23,3203111.00$130.52/mo
Greene County69,069210.33$128.38/mo
Grundy County13,427211.36$128.69/mo
Hamblen County64,934311.39$134.74/mo
Hamilton County367,8042410.94$125.14/mo
Hancock County6,6201110.27$103.57/mo
Hardeman County25,0504111.90$138.68/mo
Hardin County25,6523211.26$123.46/mo
Hawkins County56,7865110.66$130.43/mo
Haywood County17,3045411.25$148.33/mo
Henderson County28,117310.86$121.82/mo
Henry County32,345210.42$115.58/mo
Hickman County25,178311.33$130.43/mo
Houston County8,201211.34$130.44/mo
Humphreys County18,5821111.46$131.20/mo
Jackson County11,786211.10$134.13/mo
Jefferson County54,495411.32$138.49/mo
Johnson County17,788110.59$103.29/mo
Knox County470,3133110.77$124.74/mo
Lake County7,016211.63$153.43/mo
Lauderdale County25,633311.71$149.64/mo
Lawrence County44,142110.62$125.95/mo
Lewis County12,268211.48$131.47/mo
Lincoln County34,366210.90$133.30/mo
Loudon County54,0684310.53$132.33/mo
Macon County24,602111.00$134.60/mo
Madison County97,9844111.42$145.23/mo
Marion County28,9072211.32$128.18/mo
Marshall County34,375311.06$149.35/mo
Maury County96,387411.25$137.42/mo
McMinn County53,7943110.64$126.67/mo
McNairy County25,6941411.14$130.86/mo
Meigs County12,422110.79$129.12/mo
Monroe County46,5453110.78$139.24/mo
Montgomery County208,9933111.47$162.29/mo
Moore County6,488111.11$152.09/mo
Morgan County21,403511.76$117.71/mo
Obion County30,069211.54$152.58/mo
Overton County22,241311.06$133.49/mo
Perry County8,076111.46$131.20/mo
Pickett County5,048210.84$129.96/mo
Polk County16,8322311.69$125.83/mo
Putnam County80,245411.05$131.54/mo
Rhea County33,1673210.73$123.61/mo
Roane County53,3824111.32$132.29/mo
Robertson County71,813311.48$164.21/mo
Rutherford County332,2854110.28$133.04/mo
Scott County22,068111.80$111.23/mo
Sequatchie County15,026211.31$128.03/mo
Sevier County98,2504110.21$115.05/mo
Shelby County937,1661410.46$121.32/mo
Smith County20,1573111.07$134.08/mo
Stewart County13,7152111.50$164.11/mo
Sullivan County158,3486410.07$130.42/mo
Sumner County191,2835211.33$150.49/mo
Tipton County61,599411.65$147.79/mo
Trousdale County11,284210.90$134.36/mo
Unicoi County17,883411.71$100.58/mo
Union County19,972410.72$117.60/mo
Van Buren County5,872211.39$129.83/mo
Warren County41,2773211.39$130.22/mo
Washington County129,3755310.69$133.63/mo
Wayne County16,673111.37$121.09/mo
Weakley County33,328119.93$124.30/mo
White County27,345511.34$130.25/mo
Williamson County238,412310.32$132.54/mo
Wilson County144,657210.24$132.58/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

Tennessee citizens average 4,606.31 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person from electricity consumption. This comes to a total pollution amount of 31,457,312,317.3 kilograms. Approximately 43.68% of the state of Tennessee’s electricity is produced using Nuclear. Adding Nuclear totals to Coal (21.75%) and Natural Gas (18.48%), the three fuel types make up 83.91% of the generation in the state. Tennessee has the 38th highest amount of electricity producing plants of any state in the country, with 73 plants. This translates to the 49th most plants per capita in the nation.

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Conventional Hydroelectric
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Tennessee Net Metering

There are 84 companies in Tennessee providing electricity. Of those 84, 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 81 providers in Tennessee that reported energy loss, including Nashville Electric Service, Memphis Light, Gas and Water, and Middle Tennessee Electric. Combined, these 81 companies average an annual energy loss of 2.57% of electricity produced. With a national average of 2.76%, Tennessee is ranked as the 37th best 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

Does Tennessee have a deregulated electricity market?

No, Tennessee has a regulated electricity market where consumers often have only a single provider choice for their electricity needs.

How many electric companies offer service in Tennessee?

There are 84 electricity companies operating in Tennessee.

What is the average electric bill in Tennessee?

The Tennessee average electric bill is $134 so far in 2022.

Which electricity company is the largest provider in Tennessee?

By total megawatt hours sold, Memphis Light, Gas and Water is the largest electricity provider in Tennessee.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Tennessee?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1New Bern Electric9.351,818
2Bristol TN Electric9.6034,063
3Chickasaw Electric Cooperative9.7621,158
4Tullahoma Utilities9.8010,982
5Brownsville Utility9.855,404
6Springfield TN Electric9.928,544
7Weakley County Municipal Electric System9.9320,576
8Covington, Tennessee Electric Utility9.944,710
9Maryville Electric9.9522,283
10Sevier County Electric10.0158,528

Where does Tennessee get its electricity?

The primary fuel source used for electricity generation in Tennessee is Nuclear, making up 43.68% of the fuel used in the state. Additionally, Coal makes up 21.75% and Natural Gas accounts for 18.48%.

How much does electricity cost in Tennessee?

The average cost per kilowatt hour of electricity in Tennessee in 2022 is 11.01 cents.

How many power plants are located in Tennessee?

There are 73 active electricity plants located in Tennessee

What power companies offer service in Tennessee?

Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-13