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For Release: Wednesday, July 14, 2021
WESTERN INFORMATION OFFICE: San Francisco, Calif.
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Average Energy Prices, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward – June 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $4.396 a gallon in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area in June 2021, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that area gasoline
prices were $1.393 higher than last June when they averaged $3.003 per gallon. San Francisco area households
paid an average of 26.1 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in June 2021, higher than the 24.0 cents
per kWh paid in June 2020. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.704 per therm in June was higher than
the $1.641 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-
year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $4.396 a gallon, San Francisco area consumers paid 35.5 percent more than the $3.245 national average in
June 2021. A year earlier, consumers in the San Francisco area paid 40.3 percent more than the national
average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 28.0 to 40.3 percent
above the national average in the month of June during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 26.1 cents per kWh San Francisco households paid for electricity in June 2021 was 83.8 percent more
than the nationwide average of 14.2 cents per kWh. Last June, electricity costs were 75.2 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 47.9 percent in the month of June. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by San Francisco area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.704 per therm, or 39.8 percent above the national average in June 2021 ($1.219 per therm). A year earli