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Duke Energy is the primary provider of electricity to Wake County residents via the 900 watt Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant located in Southwest Wake County.  The town of Wake Forest receives power from Wake Forest Power.  The Town of Apex is part of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency that owns interest in five generating units built by Progress Energy.  And Wake Electric Membership Corporation provides power to certain areas of Wake and surrounding counties.  Overall, electricity rates in Wake County are below the national average.


AT&T, Century LinkTime Warner Cable and Verizon are the primary providers of advanced telecommunications service to residents and businesses in Wake County. Mobile networks in Raleigh were among the first in the nation to offer 4G and 4G LTE service.

North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) is a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of next generation broadband networks in North Carolina. The coordinated effort is led by six municipalities and four leading research universities and supported by local Chambers of Commerce and businesses in the Research Triangle and Piedmont regions. NCNGN’s goal is to encourage private sector providers to deliver ultra-fast bandwidth at highly affordable prices to ensure our regions and state remain competitive and at the forefront of developing the next-generation applications essential to all sectors of the economy.

Natural Gas

Natural Gas is provided by PSNC Energy.

Cable and Satellite Services

The incumbent local exchange carriers in Wake County are AT&T, Century Link, CableTV, Exede, HughesNet and Time Warner Cable.

Water and Sewer

The two largest providers of water and sewer service in Wake County are the City of Raleigh and Western Wake Partners.

City of Raleigh Public Utilities
Western Wake Partners


Other Utility Providers

Solar Panels: SunPower


Coming Soon

Google Fiber