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October 22, 2014

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Average Energy Prices, Atlanta-September 2014

Gasoline prices averaged $3.406 a gallon in the Atlanta area in September 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that area gasoline prices were 7.4 cents lower than last September when they averaged $3.480 per gallon. Atlanta area households paid an average of 14.8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in Septemer 2014, up from 14.2 cents (kWh) in September 2013. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.552 was more than the $1.520 spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

Atlanta area consumers paid $3.406 a gallon for gasoline in September 2014, compared to $3.463 nationally. A year earlier, consumers in the Atlanta area also paid similar prices to the national average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has been similar to the nation in four of the past five years for the month of September. (See chart 1.)  

 Chart 1. Average prices for gasoline, Atlanta and the United States, 2010-2014 (as of September)

 The 14.8 cents per kWh Atlanta households paid for electricity in September 2014 was five percent more than the nationwide average of 14.1 cents per kWh. Last September, electricity costs in Atlanta were similar to those paid for the nation. The local price of electricity in the Atlanta area in September was at least five percent more than the U.S. in three of the past five years. (See chart 2.)

 Chart 2. Average prices for electricity, Atlanta and the United States, 2010-2014 (as of September)

Prices paid by Atlanta area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.552 per therm, or 46.7 percent higher than the national average in September 2014 ($1.058 per therm). A year earlier, area consumers paid 52.0 percent more per therm for natural gas compared to the nation. In each of the past five years, the per therm cost for natural gas in September for Atlanta households was at least 25 percent more than the U.S. average. (See chart 3.)

 Chart 3. Average prices for utility (piped) gas, Atlanta and the United States, 2010-2014 (as of September)

The Atlanta, Ga. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) consists of Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton Counties in Georgia.


Technical Note

Average prices are estimated from Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for selected commodity series to support the research and analytic needs of CPI data users. Average prices for electricity, utility (piped) gas, and gasoline are published monthly for the U.S. city average, the 4 regions, the 3 population size classes, 10 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 14 largest local index areas. For electricity, average prices per kilowatt-hour (kWh) are published. For utility (piped) gas, average prices per therm are published. For gasoline, the average price per gallon is published. Average prices for commonly available grades of gasoline are published as well as the average price across all grades.

All eligible prices are converted to a price per normalized quantity. These prices are then used to estimate a price for a defined fixed quantity. The average price per kilowatt-hour represents the total bill divided by the kilowatt-hour usage. The total bill is the sum of all items applicable to all consumers appearing on an electricity bill including, but not limited to, variable rates per kWh, fixed costs, taxes, surcharges, and credits.  This calculation also applies to the average price per therm for utility (piped) gas.

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Table 1. Average prices for gasoline, electricity, and utility (piped) gas, Atlanta and the United States, September 2013-2014, not seasonally adjusted
Year and Month Gasoline Per Gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
Atlanta area United States Atlanta area United States Atlanta area United States
2013            

September

3.480 3.616 0.142 0.137 1.520 1.000

October

3.384 3.434 0.112 0.132 1.505 0.999

November

3.241 3.310 0.109 0.130 1.495 0.999

December

3.221 3.333 0.109 0.131 1.528 0.998
2014            

January

3.258 3.378 0.111 0.134 1.565 1.040

February

3.278 3.422 0.111 0.134 1.725 1.078

March

3.400 3.590 0.111 0.135 1.632 1.154

April

3.619 3.717 0.111 0.131 1.597 1.137

May

3.707 3.745 0.115 0.136 1.634 1.111

June

3.652 3.750 0.147 0.143 1.622 1.088

July

3.604 3.690 0.147 0.143 1.593 1.093

August

3.414 3.540 0.148 0.143 1.547 1.060

September

3.406 3.463 0.148 0.141 1.552 1.058

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014