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For Release: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
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Average Energy Prices In Boston-Cambridge-Newton – February 2022
Gasoline prices averaged $3.582 a gallon in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton area in February 2022, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner William J. Sibley noted that area gasoline
prices were up $1.13 compared to last February when they averaged $2.457 per gallon. Boston area
households paid an average of 26.9 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in February 2022, up from
23.0 cents per kWh in February 2021. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.853 per therm in February
was up from $1.581 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly,
over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.582 a gallon, costs for gasoline in the Boston area were about the same as the national average of $3.675
a gallon in February 2022. Last February, gasoline costs in Boston were about the same as the nation. Over the
past five months of February, prices for a gallon of gasoline in Boston have matched the U.S. average. (See
The 26.9 cents per kWh that Boston households paid for electricity in February 2022 was 81.8 percent higher
than the nationwide average cost of 14.8 cents per kWh. Last February, electricity costs in Boston were 67.9
percent higher than the nation. Boston area electricity costs have exceeded the national average by at least 67.9
percent over the past five months of February. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Boston area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.853
per therm in February 2022, 31.1 percent above the national average of $1.413 per therm. Utility (piped) gas
prices in the Boston area have been above the national average over the previous five month