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For Release: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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Average Energy Prices, Baltimore-Columbia-Towson – January 2022
Gasoline prices averaged $3.307 a gallon in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson area in January 2022, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that area
gasoline prices were up 38.0 percent compared to last January when they averaged $2.397 per gallon.
Baltimore area households paid an average of 13.7 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in January
2022, up 11.4 percent from January 2021. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.599 per therm in
January was up from $1.402 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted;
accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.307 a gallon, costs for gasoline in the Baltimore area were 5.5 percent below the national average of
$3.500 a gallon in January 2022. Last January, gasoline prices in Baltimore were similar to the nation. Over
the prior three Januarys, prices for a gallon of gasoline in Baltimore have been below the U.S. average by 7.6
percent or less. (See chart 1.)
The 13.7 cents per kWh that Baltimore households paid for electricity in January 2022 was 6.8 percent lower
than the nationwide average cost of 14.7 cents per kWh. Last January, electricity costs in Baltimore were 9.6
percent lower than the nation. Over the prior three Januarys, prices for electricity in Baltimore have been
below the U.S. average by 7.4 percent or less. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Baltimore area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.599 per therm in January 2022, 13.5 percent above the national average of $1.409 per therm. Utility (piped)
gas prices in the Baltimore area have been above the natio