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For Release: Monday, October 27, 2014
WESTERN INFORMATION OFFICE: San Francisco, Calif.
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Average Energy Prices, Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, September 2014
Gasoline prices averaged $3.794 a gallon in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton area in September 2014, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that area gasoline
prices were up 8.3 cents compared to last September when they averaged $3.711 per gallon. Seattle area
households paid an average of 9.6 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in September 2014, unchanged
compared to September 2013. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.187 per therm in September was
similar to the $1.188 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly,
over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.794 a gallon, Seattle area consumers paid 9.6 percent more than the $3.463 national average in
September 2014. A year earlier, consumers in the Seattle area paid an amount close to the national average for
a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has been within 9.6 percent of the national average
in the month of September in each of the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 9.6 cents per kWh Seattle households paid for electricity in September 2014 was 31.9 percent less than
the nationwide average of 14.1 cents per kWh. Last September, electricity costs were 29.9 percent lower in
Seattle compared to the nation. In each of the past five years, prices paid by Seattle area consumers for
electricity were less than the U.S. average by at least 29.9 percent in the month of September. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Seattle area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.187
per therm, 12.2 percent more compared to the national average in September 2014 ($1.058 per therm). A year
earlier, area co