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Monday, November 20, 2017

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Average Energy Prices, Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County – October 2017

Gasoline prices averaged $3.017 a gallon in the Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County area in October 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.  Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that area gasoline prices were higher than last October when they averaged $2.773 per gallon. Los Angeles area households paid an average of 18.7 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in October 2017, less than the 22.2 cents per kWh paid in October 2016. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.290 per therm in October was lower than the $1.393 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.) 

At $3.017 a gallon, Los Angeles area consumers paid 18.5 percent more than the $2.545 national average in October 2017. A year earlier, consumers in the Los Angeles area paid 20.4 percent more than the national average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 8.7 to 25.4 percent above the national average in the month of October during the past five years. (See chart 1.)

The 18.7 cents per kWh Los Angeles households paid for electricity in October 2017 was 36.5 percent more than the nationwide average of 13.7 cents per kWh. Last October, electricity costs were 65.7 percent higher in Los Angeles compared to the nation. In the past five years, prices paid by Los Angeles area consumers for electricity exceeded the U.S. average by 36.5 percent or more in the month of October. (See chart 2.)

Prices paid by Los Angeles area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.290 per therm, or 26.5 percent more compared to the national average in October 2017 ($1.020 per therm). A year earlier, area consumers paid 45.0 percent more per therm for natural gas compared to the nation. In the Los Angeles area over the past five years, the per therm cost for natural gas in October has varied between 17.6 and 45.0 percent above the U.S. average. (See chart 3.)

The Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, Calif. metropolitan area consists of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties in California.

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, Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County and the United States, October 2016-October 2017, not seasonally adjusted
  Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
Los Angeles area United States Los Angeles area United States Los Angeles area United States
2016            

October

$2.773 $2.304 $0.222 $0.134 $1.393 $0.961

November

2.772 2.246 0.190 0.131 1.208 0.970

December

2.680 2.289 0.190 0.133 1.242 0.972
2017            

January

2.802 2.409 0.184 0.134 1.216 1.000

February

2.925 2.360 0.184 0.135 1.182 1.003

March

3.011 2.386 0.184 0.134 1.156 0.989

April

3.003 2.479 0.186 0.135 1.150 1.000

May

2.997 2.448 0.186 0.137 1.344 1.036

June

2.947 2.400 0.178 0.142 1.362 1.040

July

2.869 2.344 0.178 0.143 1.325 1.031

August

2.955 2.436 0.178 0.142 1.323 1.027

September

3.118 2.688 0.178 0.142 1.308 1.018

October

3.017 2.545 0.187 0.137 1.290 1.020

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, November 20, 2017