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For Release: Thursday, June 25, 2020
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Average Energy Prices, Detroit-Warren-Dearborn — May 2020
Gasoline prices averaged $1.800 per gallon in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn area in May 2020, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Acting Regional Commissioner Julie Wilson noted that area
gasoline prices were $1.050 lower compared to a year ago in May when they averaged $2.850 per gallon.
Detroit area households paid an average of 17.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in May 2020,
more than the 15.1 cents paid in May 2019. In May 2020, the average cost of utility (piped) gas was 84.6 cents
per therm, less than the average price of 87.1 cents per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not
seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $1.800 per gallon in May 2020, costs for gasoline in the Detroit area were 14.6 cents lower than the
national average of $1.946 per gallon. Over the previous four years in May (2016-2019) local area gasoline
costs have ranged from 11.3 cents lower to 6.3 cents higher than the national average. (See chart 1.)
The 17.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) that Detroit area households paid for electricity in May 2020 was 28.4
percent more than the nationwide average cost of 13.4 cents per kWh. In the previous four years (2016-2019)
in May, Detroit area electricity costs exceeded the national average, ranging from 11.0 percent to 17.5 percent
more. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Detroit area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were 84.6
cents per therm in May 2020, 18.4 percent below the national average of $1.037 per therm. In the previous
four years (2016-2019) in May, Detroit area utility (piped) gas costs were lower than the national average,
ranging from 15.8 percent to 24.0 percent less. (See chart 3.)