Energy priced at $100 in 2010 $96.68 in 2017

Historical Price Inflation for Energy

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Prices for Energy, 2010-2017 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for energy were 3.32% lower in 2017 versus 2010 (a $3.32 difference in value).

Between 2010 and 2017: Energy experienced an average inflation rate of -0.48% per year. In other words, energy costing $100 in the year 2010 would cost $96.68 in 2017 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.69% during this same period, inflation for energy was lower.

In the year 2010: Pricing changed by 9.45%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for energy during the 2010-2017 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2010 (1.64%), inflation for energy was much higher.

Price Inflation for Energy since 1957

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (30.84%), 1974 (29.21%), and 1979 (25.19%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Energy:

Year 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CPI 21.475 21.517 21.875 22.442 22.492 22.583 22.633 22.533 22.950 23.308 23.833 24.192 24.842 25.500 26.517 27.250 29.442 38.042 42.075 45.125 49.400 52.542 65.775 86.058 97.700 99.158 99.867 100.858 101.550 88.242 88.558 89.217 94.308 102.033 102.475 103.008 104.208 104.650 105.233 110.133 111.533 102.875 106.625 124.583 129.158 121.683 136.692 151.458 177.100 196.633 207.765 236.190 193.410 211.682 243.744 245.999 244.328 243.307 202.616 189.479 204.649 219.873 214.764

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Buying power of $100 since 2010

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Energy, over time, for $100 beginning in 2010. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2010 $100.00 9.45%
2011 $115.15 15.15%
2012 $116.21 0.93%
2013 $115.42 -0.68%
2014 $114.94 -0.42%
2015 $95.72 -16.72%
2016 $89.51 -6.48%
2017 $96.68 8.01%
2018 $103.87 7.44%
2019 $101.46 -2.32%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for energy, 2010-2017

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 2010 * 2010 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Energy was 211.682 in the year 2010 and 204.649 in 2017:

204.649 / 211.682 * $100 = $96.68

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2010 has the same "purchasing power" as $96.68 in 2017 (in the CPI category of Energy).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Energy in 1957. In addition to energy, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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