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For Release: Thursday, August 12, 2021
WESTERN INFORMATION OFFICE: San Francisco, Calif.
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Average Energy Prices, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward – July 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $4.472 a gallon in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area in July 2021, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that area gasoline
prices were $1.346 higher than last July when they averaged $3.126 per gallon. San Francisco area households
paid an average of 26.1 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in July 2021, higher than the 24.0 cents
per kWh paid in July 2020. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.678 per therm in July was higher than
the $1.634 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-
year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $4.472 a gallon, San Francisco area consumers paid 34.5 percent more than the $3.326 national average in
July 2021. A year earlier, consumers in the San Francisco area paid 39.4 percent more than the national
average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 27.6 to 39.4 percent
above the national average in the month of July during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 26.1 cents per kWh San Francisco households paid for electricity in July 2021 was 82.5 percent more than
the nationwide average of 14.3 cents per kWh. Last July, electricity costs were 75.2 percent higher in San
Francisco compared to the nation. In each of the past five years, prices paid by San Francisco area consumers
for electricity exceeded the U.S. average by at least 46.9 percent in the month of July. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by San Francisco area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.678 per therm, or 35.2 percent above the national average in July 2021 ($1.241 per therm). A year earl