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For Release: Friday, June 11, 2021
WESTERN INFORMATION OFFICE: San Francisco, Calif.
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Average Energy Prices, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward – May 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $4.117 a gallon in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area in May 2021, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that area gasoline
prices were $1.282 higher than last May when they averaged $2.835 per gallon. San Francisco area households
paid an average of 25.7 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in May 2021, higher than the 23.6 cents
per kWh paid in May 2020. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.695 per therm in May was higher than
the $1.627 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-
year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $4.117 a gallon, San Francisco area consumers paid 35.4 percent more than the $3.041 national average in
May 2021. A year earlier, consumers in the San Francisco area paid 45.7 percent more than the national
average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 28.1 to 45.7 percent
above the national average in the month of May during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 25.7 cents per kWh San Francisco households paid for electricity in May 2021 was 83.6 percent more
than the nationwide average of 14.0 cents per kWh. Last May, electricity costs were 76.1 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 53.3 percent in the month of May. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by San Francisco area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.695 per therm, or 41.1 percent above the national average in May 2021 ($1.201 per therm). A year earlier,