Electricity in West Virginia

Electricity Rates, Plans & Statistics

Electricity Coverage & Statistics in West Virginia

  • Population
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    1,793,716
  • Total Production
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    65,630,559 MWh / 36.59 MWh per capita
  • Total Consumption
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    32,852,462 MWh / 18.32 MWh per capita
  • Total Production from Renewable
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    3,146,657 MWh / 1.75 MWh per capita
  • CO2 Emissions from Consumption
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    29,007,512,001 kg / 16,171.74 kg per capita
  • Total Production from Non-Renewable
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    62,500,173 MWh / 34.84 MWh per capita
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Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in West Virginia

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

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWhAverage Bill$0.137/kWh$0.098/kWh$195.61/mo.$91.11/mo.
22nd12.41¢Average residential price per kWh in the state of West Virginia
37th$131.92Average residential monthly electricity bill for West Virginia Residents

Energy Profile of West Virginia

West Virginia's Electricity Prices and Usage

Residents in West Virginia enjoy a lower residential electricity rate than most people around the United States, with an average state electricity rate of 12.41 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the nationwide average price of 13.99 cents. With over 10 electricity providers in the state, citizens have many options to choose from when shopping for electricity thanks to the deregulated electricity market that exists in the state. Mon Power sells 12,312,495 megawatt hours in the state each year, more than any other provider. Generating 36.59 megawatt hours per citizen, West Virginia ranks as the 3rd highest per capita producer of electricity in the US. Renewable fuel usage for electricity generation has dropped by 10.00% in the previous year in West Virginia. The state is ranked 44th in the US for percentage of electricity generated from renewable fuels, creating 4.79% of their electricity from these renewable sources.

Residential Electricity Providers in West Virginia

ProviderService TypeResidential Rate (¢)Residential Average Bill ($)Residential Sales (MWh)Residential Revenues ($)State Production (MWh)
Appalachian Power CompanyBUNDLED14.27164.114,873,507695,238,00019,720,193.9
Mon PowerBUNDLED10.8499.573,684,296399,449,86816,702,648.92
Potomac EdisonBUNDLED10.01125.651,934,783193,724,534
Wheeling Power CompanyBUNDLED14.81139.16392,89658,203,0002,384,552.01
Harrison Rural ElectrificationBUNDLED17.11133.3956,929.69,738,182.5
Black Diamond Power CompanyBUNDLED13.82114.3334,6464,789,693
Philippi Municipal ElectricBUNDLED9.7677.3412,445.981,214,781.06
New Martinsville, West Virginia Electric UtilityBUNDLED12.8886.1911,115.181,431,391.54
Craig-Botetourt Electric CoopBUNDLED16.6477.32,379.46396,060.59

Power Plants in West Virginia

PlantCity/CountyPrimary Fuel TypeProduction (MWh)Emission (KG)Emissions/MWh (KG/MWh)Toxic Chemical ReleaseClosing Date
Putnam County Coal 12,011,110.9111,040,278,652.16919.17Yes
FirstEnergy Harrison Power StationMon Power (100.00%)
Harrison County Coal 11,494,150.9211,046,697,052.65961.07
Pleasants Power StationFirst Energy (100.00%)
Pleasants County Coal 7,582,7717,540,428,804.51994.426/2022
Mason County Coal 7,132,757.996,451,050,114.78904.43
Longview Power PlantLongview Power (100.00%)
Monongalia County Coal 5,551,797.984,565,781,012.98822.4
Grant County Coal 5,508,707.025,375,276,508.41975.78Yes
FirstEnergy Fort Martin Power StationMon Power (100.00%)
Monongalia County Coal 5,208,498.015,303,050,675.441,018.15Yes
Marshall County Coal 4,769,104.034,665,229,100.1978.22Yes
Pleasants Energy LLCLuminant Energy (100.00%)
Pleasants County Natural Gas 1,252,463690,999,254.58551.71
Axiall Natrium PlantWestlake Chemical Natrium Plant (100.00%)
Marshall County Natural Gas 752,589.99158,902,814.56211.14

Quick Facts

West Virginia is the 34th largest electricity consuming state as 32,852,462 megawatt hours are used by customers who live there.

Citizens of West Virginia consume enough electricity to emit 16,171.74 kilograms per person of CO2 gases per year, which is the 3rd highest amount of pollution from electricity use for a state in the nation.

West Virginia produces 33.23 megawatt hours of electricity per person with coal per year, which is 2nd highest in the country.

During the last year, West Virginia saw a 0.09% increase in population.

West Virginia is 43rd in the nation for natural gas generation, with 2,667,145.04 megawatt hours generated using the fuel.

West Virginia has the 24th highest total electricity generation in the country, generating 65,630,559.22 megawatt hours.

CountyPopulationProvidersPlantsResidential Rate (¢)Residential Avg. Electric Bill
Barbour County15,4654113.96$116.31/mo
Berkeley County122,076410.01$125.65/mo
Boone County21,809214.27$164.11/mo
Braxton County12,447210.84$99.57/mo
Brooke County22,559412.83$119.38/mo
Cabell County94,350214.27$164.11/mo
Calhoun County6,229210.84$99.57/mo
Clay County8,051513.13$123.33/mo
Doddridge County7,808313.97$116.47/mo
Fayette County40,488214.27$164.11/mo
Gilmer County7,408210.84$99.57/mo
Grant County10,9765310.21$119.29/mo
Greenbrier County32,9775312.05$122.26/mo
Hampshire County23,093410.01$125.65/mo
Hancock County29,095210.84$99.57/mo
Hardy County14,299410.01$125.65/mo
Harrison County65,9213113.97$116.48/mo
Jackson County27,791412.86$137.60/mo
Jefferson County57,701410.01$125.65/mo
Kanawha County180,745314.05$139.23/mo
Lewis County17,033313.97$116.47/mo
Lincoln County20,463214.27$164.11/mo
Logan County32,567214.27$164.11/mo
Marion County56,205313.97$116.47/mo
Marshall County30,5913214.54$151.64/mo
Mason County25,4532114.27$164.11/mo
McDowell County19,111214.27$164.11/mo
Mercer County59,664214.27$164.11/mo
Mineral County26,9385110.14$121.70/mo
Mingo County23,568214.27$164.11/mo
Monongalia County105,8222210.84$99.57/mo
Monroe County12,376514.60$99.22/mo
Morgan County17,063410.01$125.65/mo
Nicholas County24,604411.85$118.50/mo
Ohio County42,425314.54$151.64/mo
Pendleton County6,143210.84$99.57/mo
Pleasants County7,6532210.84$99.57/mo
Pocahontas County7,869310.84$99.57/mo
Preston County34,216210.84$99.57/mo
Putnam County57,4402114.27$164.11/mo
Raleigh County74,591314.05$139.23/mo
Randolph County27,932210.84$99.57/mo
Ritchie County8,444210.84$99.57/mo
Roane County14,028411.95$120.55/mo
Summers County11,959412.79$136.30/mo
Taylor County16,705313.97$116.47/mo
Tucker County6,7622110.84$99.57/mo
Tyler County8,313210.84$99.57/mo
Upshur County23,816313.97$116.47/mo
Wayne County38,9822114.27$164.11/mo
Webster County8,378210.84$99.57/mo
Wetzel County14,442512.83$119.35/mo
Wirt County5,194210.84$99.57/mo
Wood County84,296210.84$99.57/mo
Wyoming County21,382314.05$139.23/mo

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

On average, West Virginia citizens emit 16,171.74 kilograms of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption, which is the 3rd worst per capita emissions rate for a state in the US. Total emissions from electricity consumption in the state is 29,007,512,001.06 kilograms a year, which is the 20th highest total amount of pollution for a state. Power plants in the state mainly use Coal, which accounts for 59,612,823.94 megawatt hours (or 90.83%) of the fuel sources used for electricity generation in the state. Natural Gas and Wind make up 4.06% and 2.47% of generation, respectively. There are 19 power plants in the state of West Virginia, which is the 46th most plants in a state in the United States and translates to the 19th highest number of power plants per person.

COAL
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
Coal
90.83%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
4.06%
WIND
Wind
2.47%
CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
2.31%
DISTILLATE FUEL OIL
Distillate Fuel Oil
0.25%
OTHER
Other
0.09%

West Virginia Net Metering

Approximately 66.67% of the electricity companies in West Virginia offer net metering to their consumers. The state has favorable net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other alternative types of electricity generation more realistic.

Solar Taxes And Rebates

In order to foster solar panel installs at private residences, all a state needs to do is pass legislation with tax and rebate incentives. West 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 letting down its citizens who wish to power their homes with private solar panels. There are currently no property tax exemptions for citizens in West Virginia who wish to purchase private solar at their place of residence. Homeowners in the state do not have access to a sales tax exemption when installing private solar.

State Level Initiatives

Customers searching for electricity options that use renewable sources will find it easier if there are state level legislation that encourage green energy usage. States that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have requirements in place for all electricity suppliers who sell electricity in the state. These standards require that a percentage of electricity must be produced using renewable energy. Unfortunately, West Virginia has no standards currently in place. Also, there are currently no low income solar programs to assist low income families to install solar panels.

FAQ: Common Questions About Energy in West Virginia

Where does West Virginia get its electricity?

The main fuel type used for electricity production in West Virginia is Coal, making up 90.83% of the fuel used in the state. The second and third most used fuel types are Natural Gas and Wind, which account for 4.06% and 2.47% of total generation respectively.

How much does electricity cost in West Virginia?

Anything below the West Virginia average of 12.41 cents per kilowatt hour would be a good electricity rate. The rates in the state range from 9.76 cents to 17.11 cents per kilowatt hour, with Philippi Municipal Electric currently having the lowest rates.

What is the average electric bill in West Virginia?

In 2022, West Virginia has an average electricity bill of $132, while the United States average is $124.

Which electricity company is the largest supplier in West Virginia?

The largest electricity supplier in West Virginia by megawatt hours sold is Mon Power.

Does West Virginia have a deregulated electricity market?

West Virginia has a deregulated electricity market, meaning citizens in the state can usually choose from an abundance of electricity providers for their electricity needs.

How many power plants are within West Virginia?

There are 19 power plants located in West Virginia.

What is the cheapest electricity company in West Virginia?

Residential Rate RankProviderResidential Rate (¢)State Customers
1Philippi Municipal Electric9.761,707
2Potomac Edison10.01149,478
3Mon Power10.84395,259
4New Martinsville, West Virginia Electric Utility12.881,808
5Black Diamond Power Company13.823,966
6Appalachian Power Company14.27422,015
7Wheeling Power Company14.8141,664
8Craig-Botetourt Electric Coop16.64488
9Harrison Rural Electrification17.116,864

How many electric companies offer service in West Virginia?

West Virginia has 9 electricity suppliers operating in the area.

Last Reviewed By: Alex Zdanov
Published: 2021-03-16Last Updated: 2022-06-25