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For Release: Thursday, February 18, 2021
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Average Energy Prices, Detroit-Warren-Dearborn — January 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $2.219 per gallon in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn area in January 2021, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that area gasoline
prices were 35.0 cents lower than a year ago in January when they averaged $2.569 per gallon. Detroit area
households paid an average of 17.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in January 2021, up from the
16.3 cents in January 2020. In January, the average cost of utility (piped) gas was 95.0 cents per therm, more
than the average price of 88.6 cents per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted;
accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $2.219 per gallon, gasoline costs in the Detroit area were 17.2 cents lower than the national average of
$2.391 per gallon in January 2021. In the previous four years, in January (2017-20), gasoline prices in the
Detroit area ranged from 32.0 cents less than the national average to 10.3 cents more. (See chart 1.)
The 17.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) that Detroit area households paid for electricity in January 2021 was
28.7 percent more than the nationwide average cost of 13.6 cents per kWh. In the prior four years in January
(2017-2020), Detroit area electricity costs exceeded the national average, ranging from 8.9 percent to 24.6
percent more. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Detroit area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were 95.0
cents per therm in January 2021, 15.1 percent below the national average of $1.119 per therm. In the previous
four years (2017-2020) in January, Detroit area utility (piped) gas costs were lower than the national average,
ranging from 16.9 percent to 26.1 percen