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Friday, August 11, 2017

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Average Energy Prices, Atlanta – July 2017

Gasoline prices averaged $2.231 a gallon in the Atlanta area in July 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that area gasoline prices were 17.2 cents higher than last July when they averaged $2.059 per gallon. Atlanta area households paid an average of 14.3 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in July 2017, down from 14.6 cents per kWh in July 2016. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.581 per therm was more than the $1.467 per therm spent last year. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)

Atlanta area consumers paid $2.231 a gallon for gasoline in July 2017, less than the $2.344 paid nationally. A year earlier, consumers in the Atlanta area paid 10.0 percent less than the national average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of gasoline in Atlanta in the month of July has been at least 4 percent lower than the national average in four of the last five years. (See chart 1.)

The 14.3 cents per kWh Atlanta households paid for electricity in July compared to the nationwide average (14.3 cents per kWh). Last July, electricity costs in Atlanta were 5.0 percent more than those paid for the nation. In three of the past five years, prices paid by Atlanta area consumers for electricity were similar to the U.S. average. (See chart 2.)

Prices paid by Atlanta area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.581 per therm, or 53.3 percent higher than the national average in July 2017 ($1.031 per therm). A year earlier, area consumers paid 57.6 percent more per therm for natural gas compared to the nation. In each of the last five years, the per therm cost for natural gas in July for Atlanta households was at least 45 percent more than the U.S. average. (See chart 3.)

The Atlanta, Ga., Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton Counties in Georgia.

The Consumer Price Index for August 2017 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, September 14, 2017.


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, Atlanta and the United States, July 2016-2017, not seasonally adjusted
Year and monthGasoline per gallonElectricity per kWhUtility (piped) gas per therm
Atlanta areaUnited StatesAtlanta areaUnited StatesAtlanta areaUnited States

2016

      

July

2.0592.2870.1460.1391.4670.931

August

2.0972.2180.1430.1391.4490.943

September

2.2702.2690.1430.1391.4710.954

October

2.2872.3040.1130.1341.4760.961

November

2.2082.2460.1080.1311.4790.970

December

2.1992.2890.1080.1331.5310.972

2017

      

January

2.2512.4090.1080.1341.5921.000

February

2.1862.3600.1080.1351.5561.003

March

2.1912.3860.1090.1341.5300.989

April

2.2962.4790.1090.1351.5701.000

May

2.1972.4480.1140.1371.5681.036

June

2.1962.4000.1430.1421.5771.040

July

2.2312.3440.1430.1431.5811.031

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, August 11, 2017