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For Release: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
MID-ATLANTIC INFORMATION OFFICE: Philadelphia, Pa.
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Average Energy Prices, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington – September 2020
Gasoline prices averaged $2.422 per gallon in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington area in September 2020,
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s Regional Commissioner,
noted that area gasoline prices were 9.2 percent lower than last September prices when they averaged $2.668
per gallon. Philadelphia-area households paid an average of 15.3 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity
in September 2020, close to the average of 15.4 cents in September 2019. The average cost of utility (piped)
gas at $1.090 per therm in September was 7.1 percent lower than its price of $1.173 per therm a year earlier.
(Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $2.422 per gallon, the price for gasoline in the Philadelphia area was 7.2 percent higher than the national
average of $2.260 per gallon in September 2020. From 2016 to 2019, local and national prices for gasoline in
September differed by 5.3 percent or less. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
The 15.3 cents per kWh that Philadelphia households paid for electricity in September 2020 was 11.7 percent
higher than the nationwide average cost of 13.7 cents per kWh. Last September, electricity prices in
Philadelphia were 10.8 percent higher than the nation. From 2016 to 2018, prices paid by Philadelphia-area
consumers for electricity in September exceeded the U.S. average by 7.0 percent or more. (See chart 2.)
The price paid by Philadelphia-area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas,
was $1.090 per therm in September 2020, 2.4 percent higher than the national average of $1.064 per therm.