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Average Energy Prices, Baltimore-Columbia-Towson – January 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $2.397 per gallon in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson area in January 2021, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Frank Waligorski, the Bureau’s acting regional commissioner, noted
that area gasoline prices were 4.2 percent lower than their price last January when they averaged $2.501 per
gallon. Baltimore-area households paid an average of 12.3 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in
January 2021, 3.1 percent lower than its January 2020 average of 12.7 cents. The average cost of utility
(piped) gas at $1.402 per therm in January 2021 was 4.1 percent higher than its price of $1.347 per therm a
year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used
At $2.397 per gallon, the price for gasoline in the Baltimore area was close to the national average of $2.391
per gallon in January 2021. Gasoline prices in the Baltimore area were below the national average in January
for the previous four years, ranging from 1.4 to 7.6 percent lower. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
The 12.3 cents per kWh that Baltimore households paid for electricity in January 2021 was 9.6 percent lower
than the nationwide average cost of 13.6 cents per kWh. Last January, electricity prices in Baltimore were 5.2
percent lower than the nation. From 2017 to 2019, prices paid by Baltimore-area consumers for electricity in
January differed from the U.S. average by 7.5 percent or less. (See chart 2.)
The price paid by Baltimore-area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, was
$1.402 per therm in January 2021, 25.3 percent higher than the national average of $1.119 per therm. Loc