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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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Average Energy Prices, Baltimore-Columbia-Towson – July 2022

Gasoline prices averaged $4.524 a gallon in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson area in July 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that area gasoline prices were up 47.0 percent compared to last July when they averaged $3.077 per gallon. Baltimore area households paid an average of 14.9 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in July 2022, up 14.6 percent from July 2021. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $2.059 per therm in July 2022 was up from $1.502 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

At $4.524 a gallon, costs for gasoline in the Baltimore area were 5.1 percent below the national average of $4.768 a gallon in July 2022. The prior four years in July, prices for a gallon of gasoline in Baltimore have been below the U.S. average by 7.5 percent or less. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

The 14.9 cents per kWh that Baltimore households paid for electricity in July 2022 was 10.2 percent lower than the nationwide average cost of 16.6 cents per kWh. Last July, electricity costs in Baltimore were 9.1 percent lower than the nation. Over the prior three years in July, prices for electricity in Baltimore have been below the U.S. average by 15.7 percent or less. (See chart 2.)

Prices paid by Baltimore area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $2.059 per therm in July 2022, 26.4 percent above the national average of $1.629 per therm. Utility (piped) gas prices in the Baltimore area the past four years in July have ranged from 1.3 percent below to 30.8 percent above the U.S. average. (See chart 3.)

The Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Core Based Statistical Area includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Anne’s Counties and Baltimore City in Maryland.

The Consumer Price Index for August 2022 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 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 individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Average prices for gasoline, electricity, and utility (piped) gas, the United States and Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, July 2021–July 2022, not seasonally adjusted
Year and monthGasoline per gallonElectricity per kWhUtility (piped) gas per therm
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Last Modified Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022