Electricity In Virginia

  • Population8,535,519
  • Total Consumption123,405,046 MWh / 14.46 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption41,338,597,879 kg
  • Total Production95,271,742 MWh / 11.16 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Virginia

Virginia residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in October.

Historical Electric Rates:

Price Per kWHAverage Bill$0.129/kWh$0.104/kWh$190.85/mo.$85.65/mo.
20th12.05¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Virginia
44th$134.2Average residential monthly electricity bill for Virginia Residents

Energy Profile of Virginia

Virginia's Electricity Prices and Usage

The Virginia residential electricity rate in 2022 averages 12.05 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 11.50% less than the US average rate of 13.62 cents. Virginia ranks as the 20th lowest priced state in the country based on average electric rate. The state has 32 electric providers, and with a deregulated electricity market, consumers likely have many options to choose from when buying electricity. The average monthly residential power bill for a resident in Virginia is $134.2 per month, while the US average is $121.91. Citizens of the state use 123,405,046 megawatt hours for their electricity needs, making the state the 10th highest consumer of megawatt hours in the US. The state ranks as the 13th worst polluting state in the US when considering total CO2 emissions, with over 41,338,597,879.16 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity consumption. Consumers in the state experience 0.84 power outages on average each year, with outages lasting an average of 69.19 minutes. The national averages for these data points are 1.21 outages and 122.99 minutes.

Residential Electricity Providers in Virginia

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Dominion EnergyBUNDLED12.04132.0430,321,5673,650,377,79771,168,699.82
Appalachian Power CompanyBUNDLED10.94124.246,262,551685,307,000717,645
Rappahannock Electric CooperativeBUNDLED11.82147.32,361,226279,136,000
Northern Virginia Electric CooperativeBUNDLED11.521322,225,576256,465,000
Shenandoah Valley Electric CooperativeBUNDLED10.94133.271,198,564131,107,570
Southside Electric CooperativeBUNDLED14.52159.51723,859105,094,000
Central Virginia Electric CooperativeBUNDLED13.91164.78479,24866,643,000
Danville UtilitiesBUNDLED14.58143.71437,76163,811,70038,642
A&N Electric CooperativeBUNDLED11.64114.1375,70743,737,882338
Mecklenburg Electric CooperativeBUNDLED13.35130.64348,19646,468,300

Power Plants in Virginia

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Centreville CDP Nuclear 15,377,162
Surry County Nuclear 13,874,453
Greensville County Power StationDominion Energy (100.00%)
Greensville County Natural Gas 12,149,4864,206,461,921.48346.23
Brunswick County Power StationDominion Energy (100.00%)
Brunswick County Natural Gas 8,510,0973,151,856,218.28370.37
Warren County Natural Gas 6,877,3302,516,998,040.62365.98
Loudoun County Natural Gas 5,006,8741,887,493,882.26376.98
Doswell Energy CenterLS Power (100.00%)
Hanover County Natural Gas 4,670,201.012,260,635,900.83484.06Yes
Chesterfield County Natural Gas 3,575,3812,287,095,852.22639.68Yes
Buckingham County Natural Gas 3,537,1821,370,647,488.98387.5
Tenaska Virginia Generating StationTenaska (65.35%)ITOCHU (17.32%)
Fluvanna County Natural Gas 2,912,9301,130,727,648.54388.18

Quick Facts

As the 9th highest generator of solar power in the nation, Virginia produces a total of 3,105,224.67 megawatt hours.

Electricity consumption per capita in Virginia totals 14.46 megawatt hours per year.

In Virginia, 87,878,959.1 megawatt hours of electricity are generated from non-renewable sources. Virginia ranks 16th worst in the US for total electricity production from non-renewable fuel sources.

Virginia is 38th in the nation for megawatt hours per capita produced from coal, averaging 0.43 megawatt hours per person each year.

With a population of 8,535,519 citizens, Virginia is the 12th largest state in the US.

Over 7.72% of Virginia ’s electricity production comes from renewable fuels, putting Virginia at 32nd in the country for total renewable electricity production.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Accomack County32,3161811.64$114.10/mo
Albemarle County109,330512.76$146.75/mo
Alexandria city159,4281112.04$132.04/mo
Alleghany County14,8603214.02$135.54/mo
Amelia County13,1452213.28$145.77/mo
Amherst County31,6055311.62$127.99/mo
Appomattox County15,9115113.16$147.88/mo
Arlington County236,842112.04$132.04/mo
Augusta County75,558311.53$132.11/mo
Bath County4,1473113.56$114.39/mo
Bedford County78,9973412.04$135.08/mo
Bland County6,280210.94$124.24/mo
Botetourt County33,419413.54$135.75/mo
Bristol city16,7623110.04$117.42/mo
Brunswick County16,2313213.15$140.51/mo
Buchanan County21,0042110.94$124.24/mo
Buckingham County17,1483213.34$154.77/mo
Campbell County54,8854212.74$140.69/mo
Caroline County30,7252111.83$146.84/mo
Carroll County29,7912210.94$124.24/mo
Charles City County6,9632112.03$133.18/mo
Charlotte County11,8803113.19$143.33/mo
Charlottesville city47,266212.97$148.41/mo
Chesapeake city244,8351512.04$132.04/mo
Chesterfield County352,8022512.68$139.18/mo
Clarke County14,6192111.79$146.87/mo
Colonial Heights city17,370112.04$132.04/mo
Covington city5,538212.07$132.13/mo
Craig County5,131313.70$136.01/mo
Culpeper County52,605311.88$143.08/mo
Cumberland County9,932312.87$143.34/mo
Danville city40,0443312.97$135.11/mo
Dickenson County14,318411.62$138.66/mo
Dinwiddie County28,5443113.25$145.68/mo
Emporia city5,346212.06$132.01/mo
Essex County10,9532111.89$142.68/mo
Fairfax County1,147,5322311.98$132.03/mo
Fairfax city24,019112.04$132.04/mo
Falls Church city14,617112.04$132.04/mo
Fauquier County71,2223311.91$135.88/mo
Floyd County15,749210.94$124.24/mo
Fluvanna County27,2702213.49$157.48/mo
Franklin County56,042311.01$124.43/mo
Franklin city7,967313.12$148.06/mo
Frederick County89,3132211.14$136.48/mo
Fredericksburg city29,036112.04$132.04/mo
Galax city6,347210.94$124.24/mo
Giles County16,7203113.08$133.36/mo
Gloucester County37,3481212.04$132.04/mo
Goochland County23,7533212.58$140.06/mo
Grayson County15,5502110.94$124.24/mo
Greene County19,819111.82$147.30/mo
Greensville County11,3362412.70$131.32/mo
Halifax County33,9114413.36$136.34/mo
Hampton city134,5101112.04$132.04/mo
Hanover County107,7662211.95$138.38/mo
Harrisonburg city53,016429.72$90.22/mo
Henrico County330,8181312.04$132.04/mo
Henry County50,5575312.77$133.33/mo
Highland County2,1901113.63$113.81/mo
Hopewell city22,5292312.02$133.66/mo
Isle of Wight County37,1093412.12$151.74/mo
James City County76,523212.03$132.46/mo
King George County26,8362213.07$144.15/mo
King William County17,1482211.91$141.13/mo
King and Queen County7,0252111.93$139.42/mo
Lancaster County10,603213.03$143.70/mo
Lee County23,423311.25$132.19/mo
Lexington city7,446212.83$122.92/mo
Loudoun County413,5382111.90$132.03/mo
Louisa County37,5913312.42$149.50/mo
Lunenburg County12,196313.23$144.40/mo
Lynchburg city82,1682110.94$124.24/mo
Madison County13,261111.82$147.30/mo
Manassas Park city17,478211.78$132.02/mo
Manassas city41,0853610.98$116.71/mo
Martinsville city12,554112.70$118.70/mo
Mathews County8,834112.04$132.04/mo
Mecklenburg County30,5873412.82$131.69/mo
Middlesex County10,5821112.04$132.04/mo
Montgomery County98,5355212.79$124.19/mo
Nelson County14,930412.79$148.68/mo
New Kent County23,0911112.04$132.04/mo
Newport News city179,225212.03$132.72/mo
Norfolk city242,7421112.04$132.04/mo
Northampton County11,7101111.64$114.10/mo
Northumberland County12,095213.18$145.54/mo
Norton city3,981212.29$153.06/mo
Nottoway County15,232213.28$145.77/mo
Orange County37,0513111.93$143.19/mo
Page County23,9021210.94$133.27/mo
Patrick County17,6083112.76$133.97/mo
Petersburg city31,346212.63$138.58/mo
Pittsylvania County60,3546613.35$137.12/mo
Poquoson city12,271112.04$132.04/mo
Portsmouth city94,3981112.04$132.04/mo
Powhatan County29,6523213.23$145.57/mo
Prince Edward County22,802313.28$145.95/mo
Prince George County38,3533112.02$142.56/mo
Prince William County470,3352311.80$132.02/mo
Pulaski County34,0273311.65$115.54/mo
Radford city18,249412.50$112.29/mo
Rappahannock County7,370111.82$147.30/mo
Richmond County9,0232112.99$143.22/mo
Richmond city230,4361112.04$132.04/mo
Roanoke County94,1864112.55$124.82/mo
Roanoke city99,143210.94$124.24/mo
Rockbridge County22,573212.81$123.24/mo
Rockingham County81,9484311.01$120.98/mo
Russell County26,5864111.62$138.65/mo
Salem city25,3014311.31$116.51/mo
Scott County21,566611.55$137.56/mo
Shenandoah County43,616211.28$132.89/mo
Smyth County30,104210.94$124.24/mo
Southampton County17,6314312.25$149.49/mo
Spotsylvania County136,2152511.87$143.90/mo
Stafford County152,8822111.87$132.02/mo
Staunton city24,932110.94$133.27/mo
Suffolk city92,1082212.14$151.58/mo
Surry County6,4223412.04$152.41/mo
Sussex County11,1596112.28$151.92/mo
Tazewell County40,595310.95$124.26/mo
Virginia Beach city449,9741112.04$132.04/mo
Warren County40,1643211.64$143.52/mo
Washington County53,7403110.80$123.14/mo
Waynesboro city22,630112.04$132.04/mo
Westmoreland County18,0152113.15$145.08/mo
Williamsburg city14,954112.04$132.04/mo
Winchester city28,078110.94$133.27/mo
Wise County37,3834111.95$145.64/mo
Wythe County28,684210.94$124.24/mo
York County68,2801112.04$132.04/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

The state of Virginia’s primary fuel type utilized for electricity generation is Natural Gas. They generate 56.77% of the total production in the state from this fuel. Totaling Natural Gas with Nuclear (30.70%) and Coal (3.84%), the three fuel types make up 91.31% of the generation in the state. Approximately 4,843.13 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person are released in the state, ranking them as the 25th highest polluter per capita in the country. While not as telling of a statistic, the total pollution of the state from electricity consumption is 41,338,597,879.16 kilograms of CO2 emissions, which ranks as the 13th highest in the US. There are 170 electricity plants in the state of Virginia, which is the 20th most plants in a state in the United States and equates to the 36th highest rate of power plants per capita.

NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
56.77%
NUCLEAR
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
Nuclear
30.70%
COAL
Coal
3.84%
SOLAR
Solar
3.26%
WOOD/WOOD WASTE SOLIDS
Wood/Wood Waste Solids
1.49%
OTHER
Other
3.89%

Virginia Net Metering

Companies offering net metering in Virginia include Dominion Energy, Appalachian Power Company, and Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative. At the state level, Virginia has decent laws for consumers interested in installing personal solar.

Energy Loss

There are 17 companies in Virginia that reported energy loss, including Dominion Energy, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. Combined, these 17 companies average an annual energy loss of 0.85% of electricity produced. The United States average for energy loss is 2.76%, which earns a rank of 48th best in the country for Virginia in this category.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

When it comes to stimulating home installs of solar, one of the best uses of government resources is tax breaks and rebates for solar installs. Virginia currently does not offer a state tax credit for solar panel installation at a private residence. Offering no rebates for solar panel purchases, the state is currently failing its citizens who want to install private solar panels. Unfortunately, homeowners in the state are only offered some optional tax exemptions for what they spend on solar panel purchases. The state currently does not offer a sales tax exemption for the purchase of solar, leaving consumers on their own for this category.

State Level Initiatives

Policies drawn up at the state level determine whether customers who are seeking renewable energy sources can easily find alternatives. Many states require green fuel types to be a percentage of the fuel used for electricity production. These guidelines are known as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Virginia does not currently have any standards set up that providers have to follow. In addition, there are currently no low income solar programs to help low income families to install solar panels.

Learn about going solar in Virginia, 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 Virginia

What is a good electricity rate in Virginia?

The average rate for electricity in Virginia in 2022 is 12.05 cents per kilowatt hour (¢/kWh).

What electricity company is the largest provider in Virginia?

By total revenue, Dominion Energy is the largest electricity provider in Virginia.

What is the average electric bill in Virginia?

In 2022, Virginia has an average electricity bill of $134.

Where does Virginia get its electricity?

The primary fuel used for electricity generation in Virginia is Natural Gas, making up 56.77% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuels are Nuclear and Coal, which account for 30.70% and 3.84% of total production respectively.

Does Virginia have a deregulated electricity market?

Yes, the state has a deregulated electricity market. This means that residents in the state can choose from multiple electricity providers to supply their electricity.

How many power plants are located within Virginia?

There are 170 power plants located in Virginia

How many electric companies offer service in Virginia?

There are 32 electricity providers serving customers in Virginia.

What is the cheapest electricity company in Virginia?

Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-01-21