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For Release: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
MIDWEST INFORMATION OFFICE: Chicago, Ill.
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Average Energy Prices, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin — September 2020
Gasoline prices averaged $2.312 per gallon in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area in September 2020, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that area gasoline
prices were down 48.4 cents compared to September 2019 when they averaged $2.796 per gallon. Chicago
area households paid an average of 14.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in September 2020, less
than the 16.1 cents in September 2019. In September, the average cost of utility (piped) gas was 79.1 cents per
therm, more than its average price of 75.6 cents per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not
seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
The $2.312 per gallon Chicago households paid for gasoline in September 2020 was 5.2 cents more than the
nationwide average of $2.260. In the previous four years in September (2016-2019), gasoline prices in the
Chicago area were up to 14.6 cents per gallon more than the nationwide average. (See chart 1.)
The 14.2 cents per kWh that Chicago households paid for electricity in September 2020 was comparable to the
national average cost of 13.7 cents per kWh. Average electricity costs in Chicago were higher than the national
average in the previous four years (2016-2019) in September, ranging from 8.6 percent to 15.8 percent more.
(See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Chicago area households for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were 79.1
cents per therm in September 2020, 25.7 percent less than the national average of $1.064 per therm. In each of
the previous four years (2016-2019) in September, Chicago area utility (piped) gas costs were lower than the
national average, ranging from 11.5 percent to 25.8