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20-1427-SAN
Thursday, July 16, 2020

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Average Energy Prices, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward – June 2020

Gasoline prices averaged $3.003 a gallon in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area in June 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that area gasoline prices were lower than last June when they averaged $3.825 per gallon. San Francisco area households paid an average of 24.0 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in June 2020, higher than the 22.1 cents per kWh paid in June 2019. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.641 per therm in June was higher than the $1.520 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.) 

At $3.003 a gallon, San Francisco area consumers paid 40.3 percent more than the $2.141 national average in June 2020. A year earlier, consumers in the San Francisco area paid 35.9 percent more than the national average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 20.3 to 40.3 percent above the national average in the month of June during the past five years. (See chart 1.)

The 24.0 cents per kWh San Francisco households paid for electricity in June 2020 was 75.2 percent more than the nationwide average of 13.7 cents per kWh. Last June, electricity costs were 59.0 percent higher in San Francisco compared to the nation. In each of the past five years, prices paid by San Francisco area consumers for electricity exceeded the U.S. average by at 44.9 percent in the month of June. (See chart 2.)

Prices paid by San Francisco area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.641 per therm, or 58.2 percent above the national average in June 2020 ($1.037 per therm). A year earlier, area consumers paid 46.9 percent more per therm for natural gas compared to the nation. In the past five years, the per therm cost for natural gas in June in the San Francisco area has varied between 42.5 percent and 58.2 percent above the U.S. average. (See chart 3.)

The San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif. metropolitan area consists of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties in California.


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, 9 divisions, 2 population size classes, 8 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 23 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, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward and the United States, June 2019-June 2020, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
San Francisco area United States San Francisco area United States San Francisco area United States
2019            

June

$3.825 $2.814 $0.221 $0.139 $1.520 $1.035

July

3.712 2.836 0.222 0.140 1.597 1.029

August

3.599 2.716 0.222 0.139 1.571 1.034

September

3.659 2.694 0.222 0.139 1.527 1.019

October

4.101 2.741 0.223 0.136 1.574 1.041

November

3.914 2.687 0.223 0.133 1.362 1.058

December

3.568 2.652 0.223 0.133 1.408 1.057
2020            

January

3.473 2.631 0.229 0.134 1.439 1.066

February

3.430 2.530 0.229 0.134 1.452 1.050

March

3.213 2.334 0.230 0.134 1.491 1.034

April

2.864 1.946 0.227 0.133 1.633 1.028

May

2.835 1.946 0.236 0.134 1.627 1.037

June

3.003 2.141 0.240 0.137 1.641 1.037

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020