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22-2035-PHI
Thursday, October 13, 2022

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

Gasoline prices averaged $3.548 a gallon in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson area in September 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that area gasoline prices were up 14.0 percent compared to last September when they averaged $3.113 per gallon. Baltimore area households paid an average of 14.9 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in September 2022, up 14.6 percent from September 2021. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $2.055 per therm in September 2022 was up from $1.581 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

At $3.548 a gallon, costs for gasoline in the Baltimore area were 11.1 percent below the national average of $3.990 a gallon in September 2022. The prior four years in September, prices for a gallon of gasoline in Baltimore have ranged from 10.0 percent below to 0.4 percent above the U.S. average (See chart 1 and table 1.)

The 14.9 cents per kWh that Baltimore households paid for electricity in September 2022 was 10.8 percent lower than the nationwide average cost of 16.7 cents per kWh. Last September, electricity costs in Baltimore were 9.7 percent lower than the nation. Over the prior three years in September, prices for electricity in Baltimore have been below the U.S. average by 16.5 percent or less. (See chart 2.)

Prices paid by Baltimore area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $2.055 per therm in September 2022, 18.2 percent above the national average of $1.739 per therm. Utility (piped) gas prices in the Baltimore area the past four years in September have ranged from 0.5 percent below to 30.5 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 October 2022 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, November 10, 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.

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Table 1. Average prices for gasoline, electricity, and utility (piped) gas, the United States and Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, September 2021–September 2022, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
United States Baltimore area United States Baltimore area United States Baltimore area

2021

September

$3.361 $3.113 $0.144 $0.130 $1.302 $1.581

October

3.477 3.324 0.142 0.135 1.383 1.683

November

3.576 3.422 0.142 0.137 1.401 1.597

December

3.505 3.374 0.142 0.137 1.402 1.647

2022

January

3.500 3.307 0.147 0.137 1.409 1.599

February

3.675 3.547 0.148 0.145 1.413 1.679

March

4.401 4.054 0.150 0.141 1.411 1.543

April

4.369 3.959 0.151 0.149 1.445 1.640

May

4.695 4.542 0.154 0.151 1.565 1.783

June

5.149 4.973 0.160 0.141 1.699 1.908

July

4.768 4.524 0.166 0.149 1.629 2.059

August

4.205 3.958 0.167 0.150 1.694 2.099

September

3.990 3.548 0.167 0.149 1.739 2.055

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022