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For Release: Monday, December 22, 2014
WESTERN INFORMATION OFFICE: San Francisco, Calif.
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Average Energy Prices, Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, November 2014
Gasoline prices averaged $3.048 a gallon in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton area in November 2014, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that area gasoline
prices were down 24.5 cents compared to last November when they averaged $3.293 per gallon. Seattle area
households paid an average of 9.5 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in November 2014, similar to
the 9.4 cents paid in November 2013. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.214 per therm in November
was similar to the $1.195 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted;
accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.048 a gallon, Seattle area consumers paid close to the $2.945 national average in November 2014. A
year earlier, consumers in the Seattle area also paid an amount close to the national average for a gallon of
gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has been within 7.5 percent of the national average in the
month of November in each of the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 9.5 cents per kWh Seattle households paid for electricity in November 2014 was 29.1 percent less than the
nationwide average of 13.4 cents per kWh. Last November, electricity costs were 27.7 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 27.6 percent in the month of November. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Seattle area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.214
per therm, 17.3 percent more compared to the national average in November 2014 ($1.035 per therm). A year
earlier, area consume