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For Release: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Average Energy Prices, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria – June 2020
Gasoline prices averaged $2.090 per gallon in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area in June 2020, the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Sheila Watkins noted that area
gasoline prices were 25.1 percent lower than those from last June when they averaged $2.790 per gallon.
Washington area households paid an average of 13.1 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in June 2020,
close to the average of 13.2 cents in June 2019. The average price of utility (piped) gas at $1.309 per therm in
June 2020 was up 2.9 percent from $1.272 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally
adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $2.090 per gallon, Washington area consumers paid 2.4 percent less than the national average of $2.141 for
a gallon of gasoline in June 2020. Last June, gasoline prices in Washington were close to the national average.
From 2016 to 2018, prices for a gallon of gasoline in Washington differed little from the U.S. average in June.
(See chart 1 and table 1.)
The 13.1 cents per kWh that Washington households paid for electricity in June 2020 was 4.4 percent below
the nationwide average of 13.7 cents. Last June, the price per kWh for electricity in Washington was 5.0
percent below the national average. From 2016 to 2018, electricity prices for the Washington area remained at
least 2.2 percent below those for the nation in June. (See chart 2.)
The price paid by Washington area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, was
$1.309 per therm in June 2020, 26.2 percent above the national average of $1.037 per therm. Last June, the
price for utility (piped