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For Release: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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Average Energy Prices, Detroit-Warren-Dearborn — September 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $3.313 per gallon in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn area in September 2021, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that area gasoline
prices were $1.246 higher than a year ago in September when they averaged $2.067 per gallon. Detroit area
households paid an average of 18.3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in September 2021,
comparable to the 18.0 cents in September 2020. In September, the average cost of utility (piped) gas was
$1.022 per therm, more than the average price of 89.0 cents per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are
not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.313 per gallon, gasoline costs in the Detroit area were below the national average of $3.361 per gallon
in September 2021. In the previous four years in September (2017-2020), gasoline prices in Detroit have
ranged from 19.3 cents less to 3.0 cents more than the national average. (See chart 1.)
The 18.3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) that Detroit area households paid for electricity in September 2021
was 27.1 percent more than the nationwide average cost of 14.4 cents per kWh. In the prior four years in
September (2017-2020), Detroit area electricity costs exceeded the national average, ranging from 13.0
percent to 31.4 percent more. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Detroit area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.022
per therm in September 2021, 21.5 percent below the national average of $1.302 per therm. In the previous
four years (2017-2020) in September, Detroit area utility (piped) gas costs were lower than the national
average, ranging from 15.6 percent to 23.9 percent