Electricity Prices & Power Generation

Why is coal such a great source of electricity? The chart below shows the states with cheapest electricity prices—You’ll notice that these same states are the ones where most of the state’s electricity is generated from coal (except for states with hydroelectricity as the main power source).

The average cost for electricity for the U.S. is 9.88 cents per kilowatt hour (cents/kWh).

Power generation from coal (percent) Average Retail Electricity Price (cents/kWh)
Wyoming 90.6 6.20
Idaho 0 6.54
Washington 8.5 6.60
Kentucky 93.2 6.75
Utah 81.0 6.95
North Dakota 81.9 7.03
Arkansas 47.2 7.19
West Virginia 97.4 7.44
Nebraska 65.2 7.48
Oklahoma 43.5 7.51

Source:  U.S. Department of Energy and the Energy Information Administration.


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