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For Release: Friday, May 14, 2021
MIDWEST INFORMATION OFFICE: Chicago, Ill.
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Average Energy Prices, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin — April 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $3.072 per gallon in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area in April 2021, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that area gasoline
prices were up $1.136 compared to April 2020, when they averaged $1.936 per gallon. Chicago area
households paid an average of 14.3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in April 2021, comparable to
the 14.4 cents paid in April 2020. In April, the average cost of utility (piped) gas was $1.037 per therm, more
than its average price of 74.1 cents per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted;
accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
The $3.072 per gallon Chicago households paid for gasoline in April 2021 was 16.5 cents higher than the
nationwide average of $2.907. In April (2017-2019), Chicago area gasoline prices ranged from 15.8 cents to
17.4 cents more than the national average. In April 2020, Chicago area gasoline prices were similar to the
national average. (See chart 1.)
The 14.3 cents per kWh that Chicago households paid for electricity in April 2021 was comparable to the
national average cost of 13.9 cents per kWh. In Chicago, average electricity costs were higher than the
national average in the previous four years (2017-2020) in April, ranging from 8.3 percent to 22.2 percent
more. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Chicago area households for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.037 per therm in April 2021, 11.1 percent less than the national average of $1.166 per therm. In each of the
previous four years (2017-2020) in April, Chicago area utility (piped) gas costs were lower than the national
average, ranging from 13.9 percent to 27.9 perc