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For Release: Thursday, October 15, 2020
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Average Energy Prices, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue – September 2020
Gasoline prices averaged $2.689 a gallon in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area in September 2020, 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 September when they averaged $3.114 per gallon. Seattle
area households paid an average of 11.4 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in September 2020,
higher than the 11.1 cents per kWh paid in September 2019. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.089
per therm in September was more than the $0.999 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not
seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $2.689 a gallon, Seattle area consumers paid 19.0 percent more than the $2.260 national average in
September 2020. A year earlier, consumers in the Seattle area paid 15.6 percent more than the national average
for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has been within 19.0 percent of the national
average in the month of September during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 11.4 cents per kWh Seattle households paid for electricity in September 2020 was 16.8 percent less than
the nationwide average of 13.7 cents per kWh. Last September, electricity costs were 20.1 percent lower in
Seattle compared to the nation. In each of the past five years during the month of September, prices paid by
Seattle area consumers for electricity were less than the U.S. average by at least 16.8 percent. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Seattle area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.089
per therm, 2.3 percent more than the national average in September 2020 ($1.064 per t