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08/14/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/14/2019 09:37

Average Energy Prices, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell – July 2019

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19-1462-ATL
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Gasoline prices averaged $2.679 a gallon in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell area in July 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that area gasoline prices were 6.5 cents less than last July when they averaged $2.744 per gallon. Atlanta area households paid an average of 14.3 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in July 2019, similar to the 14.2 cents per kWh paid in July 2018. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.745 per therm in July was higher than the $1.613 per therm spent last year. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes July reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)

Atlanta area consumers paid $2.679 a gallon for gasoline in July 2019, 5.5 percent less than the $2.836 paid nationally. A year earlier, consumers in the Atlanta area paid 6.3 percent less than the national average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of gasoline in the Atlanta area has been lower than the national average by more than 5 percent in the month of July in 4 of the past 5 years. (See chart 1.)

The 14.3 cents per kWh Atlanta households paid for electricity in July 2019 was similar to the nationwide average of 14.0 cents per kWh. Last July, electricity costs in Atlanta were also similar to the U.S. average. In 3 of the past 5 years, electricity costs in July for Atlanta households were comparable 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 $1.745 per therm, or 69.6 percent higher than the national average in July 2019 ($1.029 per therm). A year earlier, area consumers paid 55.4 percent more per therm for natural gas compared to the nation. In each of the last 5 years, the per therm cost for natural gas in July for Atlanta households was at least 53 percent more than the U.S. average. (See chart 3.)

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Core Based Statistical Area consists of Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton Counties in Georgia.

The Consumer Price Index for August 2019 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, September 12, 2019.


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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Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
Atlanta area United States Atlanta area United States Atlanta area United States

2018

July

2.744 2.930 0.142 0.139 1.613 1.038

August

2.781 2.919 0.142 0.139 1.682 1.055

September

2.762 2.930 0.126 0.138 1.713 1.030

October

2.769 2.945 0.095 0.136 1.709 1.023

November

2.429 2.733 0.108 0.134 1.785 1.020

December

2.171 2.479 0.105 0.135 1.872 1.085

2019

January

2.130 2.352 0.109 0.135 1.826 1.082

February

2.202 2.412 0.110 0.136 1.757 1.051

March

2.404 2.620 0.113 0.135 1.749 1.048

April

2.684 2.894 0.113 0.135 1.762 1.034

May

2.676 2.963 0.116 0.136 1.754 1.035

June

2.526 2.814 0.125 0.139 1.759 1.035

July

2.679 2.836 0.143 0.140 1.745 1.029