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Average Energy Prices, Baltimore-Columbia-Towson – May 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $2.925 per gallon in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson area in May 2021, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Alexandra Hall Bovee, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted
that area gasoline prices were 57.4 percent higher than their price last May when they averaged $1.858 per
gallon. Baltimore-area households paid an average of 13.1 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in May
2021, close to its May 2020 average of 13.2 cents. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.446 per therm
in May 2021 was 5.8 percent higher than its price of $1.367 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are
not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $2.925 per gallon, the price for gasoline in the Baltimore area was 3.8 percent below the national average
of $3.041 per gallon in May 2021. Gasoline prices in the Baltimore area were below the national average in
May for the previous four years, ranging from 3.6 to 5.6 percent lower. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
The 13.1 cents per kWh that Baltimore households paid for electricity in May 2021 was 6.4 percent lower than
the nationwide average cost of 14.0 cents per kWh. Last May, electricity prices in Baltimore were close to the
nation’s. From 2017 to 2019, prices paid by Baltimore-area consumers for electricity in May differed from the
U.S. average by 8.8 percent or less. (See chart 2.)
The price paid by Baltimore-area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, was
$1.446 per therm in May 2021, 20.4 percent higher than the national average of $1.201 per therm. Local utility
(piped) gas prices were 31.8 percent higher than those for t