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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Average Energy Prices, Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City – January 2017

Gasoline prices averaged $2.562 a gallon in the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City area in January 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s Regional Commissioner, noted that area gasoline prices were up 28.1 percent from last January when they averaged $2.000 per gallon. Philadelphia area households paid an average of 15.2 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in January 2017, 5.0 percent lower than the 16.0 cents paid in January 2016. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.006 per therm in January was 5.5 percent higher than its price of $0.954 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

At $2.562 a gallon, the price for gasoline in the Philadelphia area was 6.4 percent higher than the national average of $2.409 a gallon in January 2017. A year earlier, the price for a gallon of gasoline in the Philadelphia area was close to the national average, as it was in 2013 and 2014, when local prices for a gallon of gasoline in January differed from the national average by less than 2.0 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

The 15.2 cents per kWh that Philadelphia households paid for electricity in January 2017 was 13.4 percent higher than the nationwide average cost of 13.4 cents per kWh. Last January, electricity prices in Philadelphia were 19.4 percent higher than the nation. From 2013 to 2015, prices paid by Philadelphia area consumers for electricity in January exceeded the U.S. average by more than 15 percent. (See chart 2.)

The price paid by Philadelphia-area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, was $1.006 per therm in January 2017, close to the national average of $1.000 per therm. Utility (piped) gas prices in the Philadelphia area were above the national average in January for the previous four years, ranging from 6.2 percent to 19.2 percent higher. (See chart 3.)

The Consumer Price Index for February 2017 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).

Technical Note

Average prices are estimated from Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for selected commodity series to support the research and analytic needs of CPI data users. Average prices for electricity, utility (piped) gas, and gasoline are published monthly for the U.S. city average, the 4 regions, the 3 population size classes, 10 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 14 largest local index areas. For electricity, average prices per kilowatt-hour (kWh) are published. For utility (piped) gas, average prices per therm are published. For gasoline, the average price per gallon is published. Average prices for commonly available grades of gasoline are published as well as the average price across all grades.

All eligible prices are converted to a price per normalized quantity. These prices are then used to estimate a price for a defined fixed quantity. The average price per kilowatt-hour represents the total bill divided by the kilowatt-hour usage. The total bill is the sum of all items applicable to all consumers appearing on an electricity bill including, but not limited to, variable rates per kWh, fixed costs, taxes, surcharges, and credits. This calculation also applies to the average price per therm for utility (piped) gas.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

The Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md. Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania; Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties in New Jersey; New Castle County in Delaware; and Cecil County in Maryland.

Table 1. Average prices for gasoline, electricity, and utility (piped) gas, United States and the Philadelphia area, January 2016-January 2017, not seasonally adjusted
Year and MonthGasoline per gallonElectricity per kWhUtility (piped) gas per therm
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Last Modified Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017