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Average Energy Prices, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria – February 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $2.482 per gallon in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area in February 2021,
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Acting Regional Commissioner Frank Waligorski noted
that area gasoline prices were close to those from last February when they averaged $2.516 per gallon.
Washington area households paid an average of 12.6 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in February
2021, close to the 12.8 cents in February 2020. The average price of utility (piped) gas at $1.212 per therm in
February 2021 was up 2.7 percent from $1.180 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally
adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $2.482 per gallon, Washington area consumers paid 3.0 percent less than the national average of $2.559 for
a gallon of gasoline in February 2021. Last February, gasoline prices in Washington were 0.6 percent lower
than the national average. From 2017 to 2019, prices for a gallon of gasoline in Washington were also close to
the U.S. average in February. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
The 12.6 cents per kWh that Washington households paid for electricity in February 2021 was 8.0 percent
below the nationwide average of 13.7 cents. Last February, the price per kWh for electricity in Washington
was 4.5 percent below the national average. From 2017 to 2019, electricity prices for the Washington area
remained at least 5.9 percent below those for the nation in February. (See chart 2.)
The price paid by Washington area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, was
$1.212 per therm in February 2021, 7.8 percent above the national average of $1.124 per