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Friday, March 15, 2024

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Average Energy Prices, Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington – February 2024

Gasoline prices averaged $3.124 a gallon in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area in February 2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that area gasoline prices were down 26.1 cents compared to last February when they averaged $3.385 per gallon. Minneapolis area households paid an average of 17.7 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in February 2024, up from 16.3 cents per kWh in February 2023. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.111 per therm in February was down from $1.309 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

At $3.124 a gallon, costs for gasoline in the Minneapolis area were 36.2 cents lower than the national average of $3.486 a gallon in February 2024. Last February, gasoline costs in Minneapolis were 23.7 cents lower than the national average. Over the past five Februarys, gasoline prices in the Minneapolis area have ranged from $3.407 to $2.253. (See chart 1.)

The 17.7 cents per kWh that Minneapolis households paid for electricity in February 2024 was similar to the nationwide average cost of 17.3 cents per kWh. Last February, electricity costs in Minneapolis were 16.3 cents per kWh, compared to the national average of 16.8 cents. Over the past five Februarys, the Minneapolis area electricity prices have ranged from 17.7 cents to 14.6 cents. (See chart 2.)

Prices paid by Minneapolis area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.111 per therm in February 2024, 35.4 percent below the national average of $1.465 per therm. Over the past five Februarys, Minneapolis area utility (piped) gas prices have ranged from $1.309 to 74.4 cents per therm. (See chart 3.)

The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Core Based Statistical Area consists of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Le Sueur, Mille Lacs, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Washington, and Wright Counties in Minnesota; and Pierce and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin.

The Consumer Price Index for March 2024 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at 7:30 a.m. (CT).

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, 9 divisions, 2 population size classes, 8 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 23 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 Minneapolis-St.Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, February 2023–February 2024, not seasonally adjusted
Year and monthGasoline per gallonElectricity per kWhUtility (piped) gas per therm
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Last Modified Date: Friday, March 15, 2024