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For Release: Friday, June 12, 2020
WESTERN INFORMATION OFFICE: San Francisco, Calif.
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Average Energy Prices, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward – May 2020
Gasoline prices averaged $2.835 a gallon in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area in May 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 May when they averaged $4.054 per gallon. San Francisco
area households paid an average of 23.6 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in May 2020, higher than
the 22.1 cents per kWh paid in May 2019. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.627 per therm in May
was higher than the $1.531 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted;
accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $2.835 a gallon, San Francisco area consumers paid 45.7 percent more than the $1.946 national average in
May 2020. A year earlier, consumers in the San Francisco area paid 36.8 percent more than the national
average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 22.9 to 45.7 percent
above the national average in the month of May during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 23.6 cents per kWh San Francisco households paid for electricity in May 2020 was 76.1 percent more
than the nationwide average of 13.4 cents per kWh. Last May, electricity costs were 62.5 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 51.9 percent in the month of May. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by San Francisco area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.627 per therm, or 56.9 percent above the national average in May 2020 ($1.037 per therm). A year earlier,