Facts & Figures - according to EIA data

*Please note that this information uses the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Electric Power Monthly for February, 2014. The data are for calendar year 2013.

Alabama:

• In the Yellowhammer State, coal is an important part of a diverse energy mix.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.02 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 21st lowest

• Coal: 31%

• Natural gas: 31%

• Nuclear: 27%

• Hydro: 8%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 0%

• Alabama gets 31 percent of its electricity from coal.

Alaska:

• Average retail electricity price: 16.52 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: second highest

• Coal: 9%

• Natural gas: 54%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 23%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 12%

• Alaska gets just 9 percent of its electricity from coal.

Arizona:

• The Grand Canyon State is below the national average for coal use.

• Average retail price: 10.16 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 16th highest

• Coal: 39%

• Natural gas: 24%

• Nuclear: 29%

• Hydro: 5%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 0%

• Arizona gets 39 percent of its electricity from coal. It is the 17th most expensive state for electricity prices.

Arkansas:

• In The Natural State, coal helps residents see low electricity prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 7.82 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 17th highest

• Coal: 53%

• Natural gas: 20%

• Nuclear: 20%

• Hydro: 4%

• Other renewables: 3%

• Other sources: 0%

• Arkansas gets 53 percent of its electricity from coal, helping it to be the sixth least expensive state for electricity prices in the nation.

California:

• The Golden State, with very little coal use, has high electricity prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 14.57 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: fifth highest

• Coal: 1%

• Natural gas: 59%

• Nuclear: 9%

• Hydro: 12%

• Other renewables: 18%

• Other sources: 1%

• California gets just 1 percent of its electricity from coal. The state has the fifth highest electricity prices in the nation.

Colorado:

• The Centennial State uses coal for more than 60 percent of its power.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.80 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 19th highest

• Coal: 64%

• Natural gas: 20%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 2%

• Other renewables: 14%

• Other sources: 0%

• Colorado gets 64 percent of its power from coal.

Connecticut:

• The Nutmeg State, with very little coal use, has high prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 15.68 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: third highest

• Coal: 2%

• Natural gas: 44%

• Nuclear: 48%

• Hydro: 1%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 3%

• Connecticut, which gets just 2 percent of its power from coal, is the third most expensive state in the nation for electricity prices.

Delaware:

• The First State gets less than a quarter of its power from coal.

• Average retail electricity price: 10.98 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 14th highest

• Coal: 21%

• Natural gas: 75%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 0%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 2%

• Delaware gets 21 percent of its electricity from coal.

Florida:

• The Sunshine State, below the national average for coal use, has higher than average electricity prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 10.3 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 16th highest

• Coal: 21%

• Natural gas: 62%

• Nuclear: 12%

• Hydro: 0%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 1%

• Florida gets 21 percent of its electricity from coal and is the 16th most expensive state for energy.

Georgia:

• The Peach State has a diverse energy mix, which contributes to its relatively low cost for electricity.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.53 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 30th lowest

• Coal: 33%

• Natural gas: 34%

• Nuclear: 27%

• Hydro: 3%

• Other renewables: 3%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 33 percent of Georgia’s electricity.

Hawaii:

• The Aloha State is the most expensive for electricity.

• Average retail electricity price: 33.27 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: most expensive

• Coal: 14%

• Natural gas: 0%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 1%

• Other renewables: 11%

• Other sources (mostly petroleum): 74%

• Hawaii gets just 14 percent of its electricity from coal. Using petroleum to generate electricity, as Hawaii does, is an expensive way to get power.

Idaho:

• In The Gem State, mostly relies on hydropower for its electricity.

• Average retail electricity price: 7.61 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: fourth lowest

• Coal: less than 1% (0.5%)

• Natural gas: 21.5%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 58%

• Other renewables: 20%

• Other sources: 0%

• Due to its vast reliance on hydropower, Idaho has the fourth lowest electricity prices in the nation. However, most states do not have this option.

Illinois:

• The Prairie State gets just under half its power from coal.

• Average retail electricity price: 7.99 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: eighth lowest

• Coal: 43%

• Natural gas: 3%

• Nuclear: 48%

• Hydro: 0%

• Other renewables: 5%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 43 percent of the electricity in Illinois.

Indiana:

• Coal powers the Hoosier State, keeping electricity prices low.

• Average retail electricity price: 8.63 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 15th lowest

• Coal: 84%

• Natural gas: 8%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 0%

• Other renewables: 3%

• Other sources: 4%

• Coal provides 84 percent of Indiana’s electricity and helps make it the 15th least expensive state in the nation for power.

Iowa:

• Powered mostly by coal, the Hawkeye State enjoys inexpensive electricity.

• Average retail electricity price: 8.12 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: tenth lowest

• Coal: 59%

• Natural gas: 2%

• Nuclear: 9%

• Hydro: 1%

• Other renewables: 28%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 59 percent of Iowa’s electricity.

Kansas:

• The Sunflower State relies on coal to keep electricity prices below the U.S. average.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.57 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 20th highest

• Coal: 61%

• Natural gas: 4%

• Nuclear: 15%

• Hydro: 0%

• Other renewables: 20%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 61 percent of electricity in Kansas.

Kentucky:

• Coal powers the Bluegrass State, resulting in the second lowest electricity rates.

• Average retail price: 7.54 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: second lowest

• Coal: 93%

• Natural gas: 2%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 4%

• Other renewables: 0%

• Other sources: 1%

• Kentucky’s abundance of coal helps the state have some of the least expensive power in the nation. Coal provides 93 percent of Kentucky’s electricity.

Louisiana:

• The Pelican State is below the national average for coal use.

• Average retail electricity price: 8 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: ninth lowest

• Coal: 21%

• Natural gas: 52%

• Nuclear: 17%

• Hydro: 1%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 7%

• Coal provides 21 percent of Louisiana’s power.

Maine:

• The Pine Tree State uses almost no coal and has higher than average electricity prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 11.87 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 11th highest

• Coal: 0.5%

• Natural gas: 34.5%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 29%

• Other renewables: 32%

• Other sources: 4%

• Maine has the 11th highest electricity prices in the nation.

Maryland:

• The Old Line State gets just under half its power from coal.

• Average retail electricity price: 11.65 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 12th highest

• Coal: 44%

• Natural gas: 8%

• Nuclear: 40%

• Hydro: 4%

• Other renewables: 3%

• Other sources: 1%

• Coal provides 44 percent of Maryland’s power.

Massachusetts:

• The Bay State, below the national average for coal use, has high electricity prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 14.51 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: sixth highest

• Coal: 12%

• Natural gas: 63%

• Nuclear: 13%

• Hydro: 2%

• Other renewables: 6%

• Other sources: 4%

• Coal provides 12 percent of the power in Massachusetts. The state has the sixth highest electricity prices in the nation.

Michigan:

• The Wolverine State gets more than half of its power from coal.

• Average retail electricity price: 11.26 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 13th highest

• Coal: 54%

• Natural gas: 12%

• Nuclear: 28%

• Hydro: 1%

• Other renewables: 5%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 54 percent of Michigan’s power.

Minnesota:

• The North Star State, gets 46% of its power from coal, which helps keep electricity prices low.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.52 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 29th lowest

• Coal: 46%

• Natural gas: 13%

• Nuclear: 21%

• Hydro: 1%

• Other renewables: 19%

• Other sources: 1%

• Coal provides 46 percent of Minnesota’s power.

Mississippi:

• The Magnolia State has below-average coal use.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.15 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 24th lowest

• Coal: 16%

• Natural gas: 60%

• Nuclear: 21%

• Hydro: 0%

• Other renewables: 3%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 16 percent of Mississippi’s power.

Missouri:

• The Show Me State, with more than 80 percent of its power from coal, keeps electricity prices low.

• Average retail electricity price: 8.96 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 19th lowest

• Coal: 83%

• Natural gas: 5%

• Nuclear: 9%

• Hydro: 2%

• Other renewables: 1%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 83% of Missouri's power. The state has the 19th-lowest electricity prices in the nation.

Montana:

• The Treasure State gets more than half its power from coal, helping keep electricity prices low.

• Average retail electricity price: 8.58 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 14th lowest

• Coal: 53%

• Natural gas: 2%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 36%

• Other renewables: 6%

• Other sources: 3%

• Coal provides 53 percent of Montana’s power. It has the 14th lowest electricity prices in the nation.

Nebraska:

• Powered by coal, the Cornhusker State enjoys low electricity prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 8.69 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 16th lowest

• Coal: 72%

• Natural gas: 1%

• Nuclear: 18%

• Hydro: 3%

• Other renewables: 5%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 72 percent of Nebraska’s power. The state has the 16th lowest electricity prices in the nation.

Nevada:

• The Silver State is below the national average for coal use.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.04 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 22nd lowest

• Coal: 14%

• Natural gas: 68%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 7%

• Other renewables: 10%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 14 percent of Nevada’s power. The state has the 22nd lowest electricity prices in the nation.

New Hampshire

• The Granite State, with below average coal use, has high prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 14.31 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: eighth highest

• Coal: 7%

• Natural gas: 21%

• Nuclear: 55%

• Hydro: 7%

• Other renewables: 8%

• Other sources: 1%

• Coal provides just 7 percent of New Hampshire’s power. The state has the eighth highest electricity prices in the nation.

New Jersey:

• The Garden State, with below average coal use, has high prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 13.7 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: tenth highest

• Coal: 3%

• Natural gas: 42%

• Nuclear: 52%

• Hydro: 0%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 1%

• Coal provides just 3 percent of New Jersey’s power. The state has the tenth highest electricity prices in the nation.

New Mexico:

• The Land of Enchantment gets more than 60 percent of its power from coal.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.24 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 28th lowest

• Coal: 67%

• Natural gas: 25%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 1%

• Other renewables: 7%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 67 percent of New Mexico’s power.

New York:

• The Empire State, with below average coal use, has high prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 15.62 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: fourth highest

• Coal: 4%

• Natural gas: 39%

• Nuclear: 33%

• Hydro: 19%

• Other renewables: 4%

• Other sources: 1%

• Coal provides just 4 percent of New York’s power. The state has the fourth highest electricity prices in the nation.

North Carolina:

• The Tar Heel State uses a diverse fuel mix for their electricity portfolio.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.18 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 25th highest

• Coal: 38%

• Natural gas: 22%

• Nuclear: 32%

• Hydro: 5%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 38 percent of North Carolina’s power.

North Dakota:

• In the Peace Garden State, coal provides nearly 79 percent of its electricity.

• Average retail electricity price: 8.19 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: twelfth lowest

• Coal: 79%

• Natural gas: 0%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 5%

• Other renewables: 16%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 79 percent of North Dakota’s power. The state has the twelfth lowest electricity prices in the nation.

Ohio:

• The Buckeye State gets nearly 70 percent of its power from coal.

• Average retail price: 9.16 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 25th lowest

• Coal: 69%

• Natural gas: 15%

• Nuclear: 12%

• Hydro: 0%

• Other renewables: 1%

• Other sources: 2%

• Coal provides 69 percent of Ohio’s power.

Oklahoma:

• The Sooner State obtains over forty percent of its electricity from coal.

• Average retail electricity price: 7.81 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 5th lowest

• Coal: 41%

• Natural gas: 41%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 3%

• Other renewables: 15%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 41 percent of Oklahoma’s power.

Oregon:

• The Beaver State has below average coal use, but ample hydroelectric resources.

• Average retail electricity price: 8.39 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 13th lowest

• Coal: 6%

• Natural gas: 24%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 56%

• Other renewables: 14%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides just 6 percent of Oregon’s power.

Pennsylvania:

• The Keystone State's coal use is above the national average.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.83 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 18th highest

• Coal: 40%

• Natural gas: 22%

• Nuclear: 35%

• Hydro: 1%

• Other renewables: 3%

• Other Sources: 1%

• Coal provides 40 percent of Pennsylvania’s power.

Rhode Island:

• The Ocean State has no coal-generated electricity and has high electricity prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 13.91 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: ninth highest

• Coal: 0%

• Natural gas: 98%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 0%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 1%

• Rhode Island gets nearly all of its power from natural gas and it has the ninth highest electricity prices in the nation.

South Carolina:

• The Palmetto State has below national average coal use.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.14 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 23rd lowest

• Coal: 26%

• Natural gas: 13%

• Nuclear: 57%

• Hydro: 2%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 26 percent of South Carolina’s power. The state has the 23rd lowest electricity prices in the nation.

South Dakota:

• Coal provides 29 percent of the Mount Rushmore State’s power.

• Average retail price: 8.83 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 18th lowest

• Coal: 29%

• Natural gas: 6%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 39%

• Other renewables: 26%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 29 percent of South Dakota’s power. The state has the 18th lowest electricity prices in the nation.

Tennessee:

• The Volunteer State gets less than half its power from coal.

• Average retail electricity price: 9.22 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 24th highest

• Coal: 41%

• Natural gas: 6%

• Nuclear: 36%

• Hydro: 15%

• Other renewables: 1%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 41 percent of Tennessee’s power. The state has the 24th highest electricity prices in the nation.

Texas:

• The Lone Star State has below average coal use.

• Average retail electricity price: 8.77 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 17th lowest

• Coal: 34%

• Natural gas: 47%

• Nuclear: 9%

• Hydro: 0%

• Other renewables: 9%

• Other sources: 1%

• Coal provides 34 percent of electricity in Texas. The state has the 17th lowest power prices in the country.

Utah:

• The Beehive State is powered by coal and enjoys low electricity prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 8.18 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: eleventh lowest

• Coal: 81%

• Natural gas: 15%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 1%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 81 percent of Utah’s power. The state has the eleventh lowest electricity prices in the country.

Vermont:

• The Green Mountain State has no coal use, high prices.

• Average retail price: 14.46 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: seventh highest

• Coal: 0%

• Natural gas: 0%

• Nuclear: 70%

• Hydro: 20%

• Other renewables: 10%

• Other sources: 0%

• Vermont does not use coal to generate electricity. This is part of the reason why its energy costs are the seventh highest in the nation.

Virginia:

• Coal provides nearly 30 percent of the power in the Old Dominion State,.

• Average retail price: 9.01 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 20th lowest

• Coal: 28%

• Natural gas: 29%

• Nuclear: 38%

• Hydro: 0%

• Other renewables: 4%

• Other sources: 1%

• Coal provides 28% of Virginia’s power.

Washington, state:

• The Evergreen State is below national average for coal use.

• Average retail electricity price: 7.06 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: least expensive

• Coal: 6%

• Natural gas: 10%

• Nuclear: 7%

• Hydro: 69%

• Other renewables: 8%

• Other Sources: 1%

• Coal provides just 6 percent of the state of Washington's power, but it has a strong hydropower resource. However, most states do not have the option to use large amounts of hydropower.

West Virginia:

• Powered by coal, The Mountain State has low electricity prices.

• Average retail electricity price: 7.91 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 7th lowest

• Coal: 95%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 2%

• Other renewables: 2%

• Other sources: 0%

• Coal provides 95 percent of West Virginia’s power, helping it to have the 7th lowest electricity prices in the nation.

Wisconsin:

• The Badger State gets most of its power from coal.

• Average retail electricity price: 10.64 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: 15th highest

• Coal: 62%

• Natural gas: 13%

• Nuclear: 18%

• Hydro: 2%

• Other renewables: 5%

• Other sources: 1%

• Coal provides 62 percent of Wisconsin’s power.

Wyoming:

• The Cowboy State is powered by coal and has low electricity prices.

• Average retail price: 7.55 cents per kilowatt hour

• U.S. rank: third lowest

• Coal: 89%

• Natural gas: 1%

• Nuclear: 0%

• Hydro: 1%

• Other renewables: 8%

• Other Sources: 1%

• Coal provides 89 percent of Wyoming’s power, helping the state have the third lowest electricity prices in the nation.



Notes:

• Retail price listed is equal to “cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh)” in 2013

• U.S. average retail price for electricity was 10.08 cents per kWh in 2013

• Retail price state ranking: 1 is the cheapest, 50 is the most expensive

• Generation percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number

• “Other Renewables” includes wood, black liquor, other wood waste, biogenic municipal solid waste, landfill gas, sludge waste, agriculture byproducts, other biomass, geothermal, solar thermal, photovoltaic energy, and wind.

• “Other Sources” includes other gases, Petroleum Coke, Petroleum Liquid, non-biogenic municipal solid waste, batteries, hydrogen, purchased steam, sulfur, tire-derived fuel, and other miscellaneous energy sources



For more information on the use of coal and other fuels for generating electricity, go to: http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/epm_sum.html