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For Release: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
MID-ATLANTIC INFORMATION OFFICE: Philadelphia, Pa.
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Average Energy Prices, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington – September 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $3.316 per gallon in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington area in September 2021,
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that
area gasoline prices were 36.9 percent higher than last September when they averaged $2.422 per gallon.
Philadelphia-area households paid an average of 15.6 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in
September 2021, close to the average of 15.3 cents in September 2020. The average cost of utility (piped) gas
at $1.167 per therm in September was 7.1 percent higher than its price of $1.090 per therm a year earlier.
(Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.316 per gallon, the price for gasoline in the Philadelphia area was close to the national average of
$3.361 per gallon in September 2021. From 2017 to 2020, local and national prices for gasoline in September
differed by 7.2 percent or less. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
The 15.6 cents per kWh that Philadelphia households paid for electricity in September 2021 was 8.3 percent
higher than the nationwide average cost of 14.4 cents per kWh. Last September, electricity prices in
Philadelphia were 11.7 percent higher than the nation. From 2017 to 2019, prices paid by Philadelphia-area
consumers for electricity in September were higher than the U.S. average by 7.0 percent or more. (See chart
The price paid by Philadelphia-area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas,
was $1.167 per therm in September 2021, 10.4 percent lower than the national average of $1.302 per therm.
Utility (piped) gas prices in the Ph