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For Release: Friday, February 12, 2021
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Average Energy Prices, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue – January 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $2.726 a gallon in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 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 $2.964 per gallon. Seattle
area households paid an average of 11.4 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in January 2021, higher
than the 11.1 cents per kWh paid in January 2020. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.175 per therm
in January was more than the $1.137 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally
adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $2.726 a gallon, Seattle area consumers paid 14.0 percent more than the $2.391 national average in January
2021. A year earlier, consumers in the Seattle area paid 12.7 percent more than the national average for a
gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has been within 25.2 percent of the national average
in the month of January during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 11.4 cents per kWh Seattle households paid for electricity in January 2021 was 16.2 percent less than the
nationwide average of 13.6 cents per kWh. Last January, electricity costs were 17.2 percent lower in Seattle
compared to the nation. In each of the past five years during the month of January, prices paid by Seattle area
consumers for electricity were less than the U.S. average by at least 16.2 percent. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Seattle area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.175
per therm, 5.0 percent more than the national average in January 2021 ($1.119 per therm). A year earlier, are