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For Release: Friday, August 14, 2020
WESTERN INFORMATION OFFICE: San Francisco, Calif.
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Average Energy Prices, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward – July 2020
Gasoline prices averaged $3.126 a gallon in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area in July 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 July when they averaged $3.712 per gallon. San Francisco
area households paid an average of 24.0 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in July 2020, higher than
the 22.2 cents per kWh paid in July 2019. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.634 per therm in July
was higher than the $1.597 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted;
accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.126 a gallon, San Francisco area consumers paid 39.4 percent more than the $2.243 national average in
July 2020. A year earlier, consumers in the San Francisco area paid 30.9 percent more than the national
average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 25.4 to 39.4 percent
above the national average in the month of July during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 24.0 cents per kWh San Francisco households paid for electricity in July 2020 was 75.2 percent more than
the nationwide average of 13.7 cents per kWh. Last July, electricity costs were 58.6 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 43.9 percent in the month of July. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by San Francisco area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.634 per therm, or 59.1 percent above the national average in July 2020 ($1.027 per therm)