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For Release: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
WESTERN INFORMATION OFFICE: San Francisco, Calif.
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Average Energy Prices, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward – March 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $3.790 a gallon in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area in March 2021, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Christopher J. Rosenlund noted that area
gasoline prices were higher than last March when they averaged $3.213 per gallon. San Francisco area
households paid an average of 25.1 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in March 2021, higher than the
23.0 cents per kWh paid in March 2020. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.656 per therm in March
was higher than the $1.491 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted;
accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.790 a gallon, San Francisco area consumers paid 32.7 percent more than the $2.856 national average in
March 2021. A year earlier, consumers in the San Francisco area paid 37.7 percent more than the national
average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 28.1 to 37.7 percent
above the national average in the month of March during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 25.1 cents per kWh San Francisco households paid for electricity in March 2021 was 81.9 percent more
than the nationwide average of 13.8 cents per kWh. Last March, electricity costs were 71.6 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 least 50.0 percent in the month of March. (See chart
Prices paid by San Francisco area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.656 per therm, or 44.8 percent above the national average in March 2021 ($1.144 per therm)