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22-1878-SAN
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

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Average Energy Prices, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward – August 2022

Gasoline prices averaged $5.525 a gallon in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area in August 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that area gasoline prices were $0.953 higher than last August when they averaged $4.572 per gallon. San Francisco area households paid an average of 31.1 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in August 2022, higher than the 26.3 cents per kWh paid in August 2021. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $2.242 per therm in August was higher than the $1.712 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.) 

At $5.525 a gallon, San Francisco area consumers paid 31.4 percent more than the $4.205 national average in August 2022. A year earlier, consumers in the San Francisco area paid 36.4 percent more than the national average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 28.9 to 43.9 percent above the national average in the month of August during the past five years. (See chart 1.)

Chart 1. Average prices for gasoline, the United States and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, 2018–22 (as of August)

The 31.1 cents per kWh San Francisco households paid for electricity in August 2022 was 86.2 percent more than the nationwide average of 16.7 cents per kWh. Last August, electricity costs were 82.6 percent higher in San Francisco compared to the nation. In each of the past five years, prices paid by San Francisco area consumers for electricity exceeded the U.S. average by at least 51.8 percent in the month of August. (See chart 2.)

Chart 2. Average prices for electricity, the United States and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, 2018–22 (as of August)

Prices paid by San Francisco area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $2.242 per therm, or 32.3 percent above the national average in August 2022 ($1.694 per therm). A year earlier, area consumers paid 35.1 percent more per therm for natural gas compared to the nation. In the past five years, the per therm cost for natural gas in August in the San Francisco area has varied between 32.3 percent and 62.9 percent above the U.S. average. (See chart 3.)

Chart 3. Average prices for utility (piped) gas, the United States and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, 2018–22 (as of August)

The San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif. metropolitan area consists of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo 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, 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 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, August 2021–August 2022, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
United States San Francisco area United States San Francisco area United States San Francisco area

2021

August

$3.351 $4.572 $0.144 $0.263 $1.267 $1.712

September

3.361 4.559 0.144 0.263 1.302 1.932

October

3.477 4.674 0.142 0.258 1.383 2.166

November

3.576 4.864 0.142 0.258 1.401 2.052

December

3.505 4.844 0.142 0.259 1.402 2.047

2022

January

3.500 4.809 0.147 0.279 1.409 2.156

February

3.675 4.853 0.148 0.279 1.413 2.144

March

4.401 5.773 0.150 0.310 1.411 2.030

April

4.369 5.843 0.151 0.303 1.445 2.107

May

4.695 6.149 0.154 0.303 1.565 2.222

June

5.149 6.556 0.160 0.311 1.699 2.277

July

4.768 6.056 0.166 0.311 1.629 2.318

August

4.205 5.525 0.167 0.311 1.694 2.242

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022