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22-1871-PHI
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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Average Energy Prices, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria – August 2022

Gasoline prices averaged $4.137 per gallon in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area in August 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that area gasoline prices increased 29.1 percent from last August when they averaged $3.204 per gallon. Washington area households paid an average of 15.3 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in August 2022, 10.9 percent higher than the 13.8 cents in August 2021. The average price of utility (piped) gas at $1.884 per therm in August 2022 was up 21.3 percent from $1.553 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

At $4.137 per gallon, Washington area consumers paid 1.6 percent less than the national average of $4.205 for a gallon of gasoline in August 2022. From 2018 to 2021, prices for a gallon of gasoline in Washington ranged from 4.4 percent below to 0.2 percent above those for the nation in August. (See chart 1 and table 1.)    

The 15.3 cents per kWh that Washington households paid for electricity in August 2022 was 8.4 percent below the nationwide average of 16.7 cents. Last August, the price per kWh for electricity in Washington was 4.2 percent below the national average. From 2018 to 2020, electricity prices for the Washington area ranged from 2.9 to 5.8 percent below those for the nation in August. (See chart 2.)

The price paid by Washington area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, was $1.884 per therm in August 2022, 11.2 percent above the national average of $1.694 per therm. Last August, the price for utility (piped) gas in Washington was 22.6 percent higher than the national average. From 2018 to 2020, the price for utility (piped) gas in the Washington area ranged from 9.6 percent to 29.3 percent higher than the national average in August. (See chart 3.)

The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MA-WV, Core Based Statistical Area includes the District of Columbia; the counties of Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George’s in Maryland; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park and the counties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren in Virginia; and the county of Jefferson in West Virginia.

The Consumer Price Index for September 2022 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, October 13, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).


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, the United States and the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area, August 2021-August 2022, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
United States Washington United States Washington United States Washington

2021

August

$3.351 $3.204 $0.144 $0.138 $1.267 $1.553

September

3.361 3.198 0.144 0.137 1.302 1.429

October

3.477 3.371 0.142 0.138 1.383 1.612

November

3.576 3.489 0.142 0.130 1.401 1.608

December

3.505 3.442 0.142 0.132 1.402 1.431

2022

January

3.500 3.424 0.147 0.133 1.409 1.504

February

3.675 3.588 0.148 0.136 1.413 1.509

March

4.401 4.216 0.150 0.136 1.411 1.569

April

4.369 4.180 0.151 0.136 1.445 1.703

May

4.695 4.618 0.154 0.138 1.565 1.802

June

5.149 5.061 0.160 0.146 1.699 1.970

July

4.768 4.703 0.166 0.153 1.629 1.961

August

4.205 4.137 0.167 0.153 1.694 1.884

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2022