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For Release: Friday, February 12, 2021
WESTERN INFORMATION OFFICE: San Francisco, Calif.
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Average Energy Prices, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward – January 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $3.356 a gallon in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area in January 2021, the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard
Holden noted that area gasoline prices were lower than last January when they averaged $3.473 per gallon.
San Francisco area households paid an average of 24.2 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in January
2021, higher than the 22.9 cents per kWh paid in January 2020. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at
$1.603 per therm in January was higher than the $1.439 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not
seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.356 a gallon, San Francisco area consumers paid 40.4 percent more than the $2.391 national average in
January 2021. A year earlier, consumers in the San Francisco area paid 32.0 percent more than the national
average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 18.2 to 50.6 percent
above the national average in the month of January during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 24.2 cents per kWh San Francisco households paid for electricity in January 2021 was 77.9 percent more
than the nationwide average of 13.6 cents per kWh. Last January, electricity costs were 70.9 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 41.0 percent in the month of January. (See
Prices paid by San Francisco area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.603 per therm, or 43.3 percent above the national aver