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Electricity In Virginia

  • Population8,535,519
  • Total Consumption119,887,949 MWh / 14.05 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Equivalent Emissions42,091,352,333 kg
  • Total Production96,570,815 MWh / 11.31 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.
19th11.89¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of Virginia
45th$134.36Average residential monthly electricity bill for Virginia Residents

Energy Profile of Virginia

Virginia's Electricity Prices and Usage

The Virginia residential electricity rate in 2021 averages 11.89 cents per kilowatt hour. This is 10.77% less than the US average rate of 13.33 cents. Virginia ranks as the 19th 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 $134.36 per month, while the US average is $120.11. Citizens of the state use 119,887,949 megawatt hours for their electricity needs, making the state the 10th highest consumer of megawatt hours in the US. The state ranks as the 12th worst polluting state in the US when considering total CO2 emissions, with over 42,091,352,332.88 kilograms of CO2 emissions emitted from electricity consumption. Consumers in the state experience 0.76 power outages on average each year, with outages lasting an average of 66.36 minutes. The national averages for these data points are 1.13 outages and 127.16 minutes.

Residential Electricity Providers in Virginia

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Dominion Energy11.91133.2230,745,8563,662,768,50272,183,709.4349,058,583,222.17
Appalachian Power Company10.61121.376,288,184667,399,000919,3069,762,997,125.82
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative12.06151.282,359,670284,577,000No DataIcon representing missing value.1,292,889,218.46
Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative12.53147.522,260,473283,219,000No DataIcon representing missing value.1,976,656,153.8
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative11.10135.361,193,381132,501,170No DataIcon representing missing value.802,041,277.54
Southside Electric Cooperative13.87161.82762,246105,691,700No DataIcon representing missing value.321,691,934.43
Central Virginia Electric Cooperative14.70180.98492,58972,393,000No DataIcon representing missing value.252,862,165.55
Danville Utilities14.09146.87460,89564,945,00038,675.69624,901,033.03
A&N Electric Cooperative11.79116.35376,20344,368,814338478,397,134.71
Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative13.80141.1360,58649,754,800No DataIcon representing missing value.201,793,436.32

Power Plants in Virginia

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Centreville CDP Nuclear 14,705,269210,894,187.6114.34No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Surry County Nuclear 14,135,333200,502,684.6214.18No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Greensville County Power StationDominion Energy (100.00%)
Greensville County Natural Gas 10,851,6873,798,285,614.62350.02No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Brunswick County Power StationDominion Energy (100.00%)
Brunswick County Natural Gas 8,894,3123,309,985,842.52372.15No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Warren County Natural Gas 8,299,2873,056,818,648.24368.32No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Doswell Energy CenterLS Power (100.00%)
Hanover County Natural Gas 5,570,005.022,692,540,735.96483.4YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Loudoun County Natural Gas 5,150,3091,924,844,408.06373.73No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Buckingham County Natural Gas 3,760,595.011,439,221,178.74382.71No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.
Chesterfield County Coal 3,520,2622,486,370,737.75706.3YesNo DataIcon representing missing value.
Tenaska Virginia Generating StationITOCHU Corporation (17.32%)Tenaska (65.35%)
Fluvanna County Natural Gas 3,314,3391,289,380,444.38389.03No DataIcon representing missing value.No DataIcon representing missing value.

Quick Facts

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As the 10th highest generator of solar power in the nation, Virginia produces a total of 1,988,373.62 megawatt hours.

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Electricity consumption per capita in Virginia totals 14.05 megawatt hours per year.

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In Virginia, 90,744,558.18 megawatt hours of electricity are generated from non-renewable sources. Virginia ranks 15th worst in the US for total electricity production from non-renewable fuel sources.

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Virginia is 39th in the nation for megawatt hours per capita produced from coal, averaging 0.5 megawatt hours per person each year.

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

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Over 6.01% of Virginia ’s electricity production comes from renewable fuels, putting Virginia at 33rd in the country for total renewable electricity production.

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Accomack County32,3161811.79$116.35/mo
Albemarle County109,3305No DataIcon representing missing value.13.05$154.52/mo
Alexandria city159,4281111.91$133.22/mo
Alleghany County14,8603214.14$142.03/mo
Amelia County13,1452212.89$147.52/mo
Amherst County31,6055311.54$129.26/mo
Appomattox County15,9115113.08$152.71/mo
Arlington County236,8421No DataIcon representing missing value.11.91$133.22/mo
Augusta County75,5583No DataIcon representing missing value.11.57$134.12/mo
Bath County4,1473114.24$127.27/mo
Bedford County78,9973411.61$133.80/mo
Bland County6,2802No DataIcon representing missing value.10.61$121.37/mo
Botetourt County33,4194No DataIcon representing missing value.13.49$139.65/mo
Bristol city16,7623110.50$126.32/mo
Brunswick County16,2313213.00$144.33/mo
Buchanan County21,0042110.61$121.37/mo
Buckingham County17,1483213.84$166.28/mo
Campbell County54,8854112.37$141.44/mo
Caroline County30,7252112.06$150.74/mo
Carroll County29,7912210.61$121.37/mo
Charles City County6,9632111.94$135.01/mo
Charlotte County11,8803112.90$145.82/mo
Charlottesville city47,2662No DataIcon representing missing value.13.30$157.10/mo
Chesapeake city244,8351511.91$133.22/mo
Chesterfield County352,8022412.42$140.66/mo
Clarke County14,6192112.03$150.79/mo
Colonial Heights city17,3701No DataIcon representing missing value.11.91$133.22/mo
Covington city5,5382No DataIcon representing missing value.11.95$133.39/mo
Craig County5,1313No DataIcon representing missing value.13.66$140.14/mo
Culpeper County52,6053No DataIcon representing missing value.12.04$146.52/mo
Cumberland County9,9323No DataIcon representing missing value.12.80$147.34/mo
Danville city40,0443312.56$135.61/mo
Dickenson County14,3184No DataIcon representing missing value.11.42$137.62/mo
Dinwiddie County28,5443112.87$147.52/mo
Emporia city5,3462No DataIcon representing missing value.11.95$133.37/mo
Essex County10,9532112.02$145.82/mo
Fairfax County1,147,5322311.99$134.95/mo
Fairfax city24,0191No DataIcon representing missing value.11.91$133.22/mo
Falls Church city14,6171No DataIcon representing missing value.11.91$133.22/mo
Fauquier County71,2223312.03$139.70/mo
Floyd County15,7492No DataIcon representing missing value.10.61$121.37/mo
Fluvanna County27,2702214.08$170.33/mo
Franklin County56,0423No DataIcon representing missing value.10.71$121.96/mo
Franklin city7,9673No DataIcon representing missing value.12.76$156.56/mo
Frederick County89,3132211.32$139.00/mo
Fredericksburg city29,0361No DataIcon representing missing value.11.91$133.22/mo
Galax city6,3472No DataIcon representing missing value.10.61$121.37/mo
Giles County16,7203112.97$135.92/mo
Gloucester County37,3481211.91$133.22/mo
Goochland County23,7533212.56$143.89/mo
Grayson County15,5502110.61$121.37/mo
Greene County19,8191No DataIcon representing missing value.12.06$151.28/mo
Greensville County11,3362312.87$137.23/mo
Halifax County33,9114413.24$140.67/mo
Hampton city134,5101111.91$133.22/mo
Hanover County107,7662211.97$140.73/mo
Harrisonburg city53,0164210.23$100.29/mo
Henrico County330,8181311.91$133.22/mo
Henry County50,5575312.37$133.76/mo
Highland County2,1901114.33$127.05/mo
Hopewell city22,5292311.95$135.76/mo
Isle of Wight County37,1093412.11$157.57/mo
James City County76,5232No DataIcon representing missing value.11.92$133.89/mo
King George County26,8362212.99$147.53/mo
King William County17,1482212.00$143.98/mo
King and Queen County7,0252111.98$141.96/mo
Lancaster County10,6032No DataIcon representing missing value.12.95$147.00/mo
Lee County23,4233No DataIcon representing missing value.11.43$135.96/mo
Lexington city7,4462No DataIcon representing missing value.13.12$130.14/mo
Loudoun County413,5382112.08$137.09/mo
Louisa County37,5913212.75$156.33/mo
Lunenburg County12,1963No DataIcon representing missing value.12.89$146.56/mo
Lynchburg city82,1682110.61$121.37/mo
Madison County13,2611No DataIcon representing missing value.12.06$151.28/mo
Manassas Park city17,4782No DataIcon representing missing value.12.22$140.37/mo
Manassas city41,0853611.16$121.54/mo
Martinsville city12,5541No DataIcon representing missing value.12.15$122.33/mo
Mathews County8,8341No DataIcon representing missing value.11.91$133.22/mo
Mecklenburg County30,5873313.02$138.17/mo
Middlesex County10,5821111.91$133.22/mo
Montgomery County98,5355212.70$128.13/mo
Nelson County14,9304No DataIcon representing missing value.13.16$157.69/mo
New Kent County23,0911111.91$133.22/mo
Newport News city179,2252No DataIcon representing missing value.11.93$134.30/mo
Norfolk city242,7421No DataIcon representing missing value.11.91$133.22/mo
Northampton County11,7101111.79$116.35/mo
Northumberland County12,0952No DataIcon representing missing value.13.11$149.17/mo
Norton city3,9812No DataIcon representing missing value.12.23$153.85/mo
Nottoway County15,2322No DataIcon representing missing value.12.89$147.52/mo
Orange County37,0513112.07$146.61/mo
Page County23,9021211.10$135.36/mo
Patrick County17,6083112.35$134.12/mo
Petersburg city31,3462No DataIcon representing missing value.12.38$140.04/mo
Pittsylvania County60,3546413.14$140.58/mo
Poquoson city12,2711No DataIcon representing missing value.11.91$133.22/mo
Portsmouth city94,3981111.91$133.22/mo
Powhatan County29,6523212.89$147.73/mo
Prince Edward County22,8023No DataIcon representing missing value.12.91$147.86/mo
Prince George County38,3533112.19$149.25/mo
Prince William County470,3352312.20$139.98/mo
Pulaski County34,0273311.47$117.67/mo
Radford city18,2494No DataIcon representing missing value.12.44$118.40/mo
Rappahannock County7,3701No DataIcon representing missing value.12.06$151.28/mo
Richmond County9,0232112.91$146.44/mo
Richmond city230,4361111.91$133.22/mo
Roanoke County94,1864112.46$127.17/mo
Roanoke city99,1432No DataIcon representing missing value.10.61$121.37/mo
Rockbridge County22,5732No DataIcon representing missing value.13.08$130.24/mo
Rockingham County81,9484310.99$124.12/mo
Russell County26,5864111.42$137.61/mo
Salem city25,3014311.14$116.29/mo
Scott County21,5666No DataIcon representing missing value.11.41$137.32/mo
Shenandoah County43,6162No DataIcon representing missing value.11.35$134.69/mo
Smyth County30,1042No DataIcon representing missing value.10.61$121.37/mo
Southampton County17,6314312.28$155.69/mo
Spotsylvania County136,2152412.03$147.26/mo
Stafford County152,8822112.11$137.81/mo
Staunton city24,9321No DataIcon representing missing value.11.10$135.36/mo
Suffolk city92,1082212.09$156.92/mo
Surry County6,4223412.19$160.47/mo
Sussex County11,1596111.71$151.78/mo
Tazewell County40,5953No DataIcon representing missing value.10.62$121.54/mo
Virginia Beach city449,9741111.91$133.22/mo
Warren County40,1643211.92$147.96/mo
Washington County53,7403110.59$122.16/mo
Waynesboro city22,6301No DataIcon representing missing value.11.91$133.22/mo
Westmoreland County18,0152113.07$148.63/mo
Williamsburg city14,9541No DataIcon representing missing value.11.91$133.22/mo
Winchester city28,0781No DataIcon representing missing value.11.10$135.36/mo
Wise County37,3834111.81$145.48/mo
Wythe County28,6842No DataIcon representing missing value.10.61$121.37/mo
York County68,2801111.91$133.22/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 58.50% of the total production in the state from this fuel. Totaling Natural Gas with Nuclear (29.86%) and Coal (4.44%), the three fuel types make up 92.81% of the generation in the state. Approximately 4,931.32 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person are released in the state, ranking them as the 23rd highest polluter per capita in the country. While not as telling of a statistic, the total pollution of the state from electricity consumption is 42,091,352,332.88 kilograms of CO2 emissions, which ranks as the 12th highest in the US. There are 162 electricity plants in the state of Virginia, which is the 17th most plants in a state in the United States and equates to the 34th highest rate of power plants per capita.

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Virginia Net Metering

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

Energy Loss

There are 28 companies in Virginia that reported energy loss, including Dominion Energy, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. Combined, these 28 companies average an annual energy loss of 2.02% of electricity produced. The United States average for energy loss is 2.72%, which earns a rank of 47th worst 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.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in Virginia

What is a good electricity rate in Virginia?

The average rate for electricity in Virginia in 2021 is 11.89 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 2021, 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 58.50% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuels are Nuclear and Coal, which account for 29.86% and 4.44% of total production respectively.

What electricity companies are in Virginia?

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1Dominion Energy2,554,284
2Appalachian Power Company539,197
3Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative173,448
4Rappahannock Electric Cooperative169,364
5Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative96,753
6Southside Electric Cooperative56,820
7Danville Utilities47,822
8Central Virginia Electric Cooperative37,484
9A&N Electric Cooperative36,150
10Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative31,227

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 162 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?

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1Wakefield, Virginia Electric Utility9.87530
2Harrisonburg Electric10.1821,353
3Town of Elkton Public Works10.301,091
4City of Manassas Utility10.3716,493
5BVU Authority10.4916,345
6Appalachian Power Company10.61539,197
7Powell Valley Electric Cooperative10.638,207
8Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative11.1096,753
9Blackstone, Virginia Electric Utility11.152,035
10Richlands, Virginia Electric Utility11.252,518

Last Reviewed By: Fernando García
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2021-10-14