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Average Energy Prices, Cleveland-Akron-Lorain — December 2016
Gasoline prices averaged $2.153 a gallon in the Cleveland-Akron-Lorain area in December 2016, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer
noted that area gasoline prices were up 20.3 cents compared to December 2015 when they averaged $1.950
per gallon. Cleveland area households paid an average of 11.6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in
December 2016, 13.4 percent lower than the 13.4 cents per kWh paid in December 2015. Utility (piped) gas
averaged 61.7 cents per therm in December, up from its average price of 50.9 cents per therm a year earlier.
(Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $2.153 a gallon, costs for gasoline in the Cleveland area were 13.6 cents lower than the national average of
$2.289 in December 2016. With the exception of December 2014, when Cleveland area gasoline prices were
comparable to than national average, Cleveland gasoline prices in the previous four years (2012-2015) in
December were lower than national average, ranging from 5.9 cents to 17.5 cents less. (See chart 1.)
The 11.6 cents per kWh Cleveland households paid for electricity in December 2016 was 12.8 percent lower
than the nationwide average of 13.3 cents during this same period. In the previous 4 years (2012-2015) in
December, electricity costs in the Cleveland area were below the national average 3 times, ranging from 5.3
percent to 6.7 percent less. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Cleveland area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, at 61.7
cents per therm, were 36.5 percent below the national average of 97.2 cents per therm in December 2016.