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For Release: Thursday, January 14, 2021
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Average Energy Prices, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue – December 2020
Gasoline prices averaged $2.647 a gallon in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area in December 2020, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden
noted that area gasoline prices were lower than last December when they averaged $3.079 per gallon. Seattle
area households paid an average of 11.4 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in December 2020, higher
than the 10.9 cents per kWh paid in December 2019. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.175 per
therm in December was more than the $1.137 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally
adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $2.647 a gallon, Seattle area consumers paid 18.4 percent more than the $2.235 national average in
December 2020. A year earlier, consumers in the Seattle area paid 16.1 percent more than the national average
for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has been within 26.8 percent of the national
average in the month of December during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 11.4 cents per kWh Seattle households paid for electricity in December 2020 was 16.2 percent less than
the nationwide average of 13.6 cents per kWh. Last December, electricity costs were 18.0 percent lower in
Seattle compared to the nation. In each of the past five years during the month of December, prices paid by
Seattle area consumers for electricity were less than the U.S. average by at least 16.2 percent. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Seattle area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.175
per therm, 5.5 percent more than the national average in December 2020 ($1.114 per therm). A year