Susquehanna Gas Prices Rise Slightly

National Average Hits 2017 High

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in the Susquehanna Valley increased by about three cents to $2.648 per gallon according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

On the National Front
Today’s national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.41. This price is two cents more expensive than one week ago, 12 cents more than one month ago and 30 cents more than one year ago.  The national average has now increased for 20 consecutive days, and pump prices in 43 states and Washington D.C. have moved higher over the last week.  This increase was most prevalent in the East Coast region where refiners wrapped up seasonal turnaround resulting in significant prices increases last week.

Pennsylvania ($2.64) lands on the list of top 15 most expensive markets, as the region made the final switch to summer-blend gasoline last week.  Pennsylvania also had one of the largest weekly increases, increasing 5 cents.  Compared to this same time last year, Pennsylvania is seeing significant increases at the pump.  This trend is likely the result of the region’s move toward less substantial gasoline imports.

Last week, crude oil futures held onto the week’s gains closing out above $53 per barrel.  Competitive prices were led by reports that OPEC and non-OPEC compliance is above 90 percent and the countries are considering extending production cuts beyond June, the original end date for the agreement reached last November.  Participating OPEC countries plan to meet on May 25 to discuss how an extension of their agreement could further rebalance global oil supply and inventory levels. 

Markets opened Monday morning with less confidence, countered somewhat by growing U.S. production.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a larger-than-expected decline in oil stockpiles last week showing growth in U.S. oil output.  National crude oil output reached a one-year high of an estimated 9.1 million b/d in March this year.  At the close of last week’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate was up seven cents to settle at $53.18 per barrel.

This week’s average prices: Susquehanna Valley Average             $2.648
Average price during the week of April 10, 2017                               $2.616
Average price during the week of April 18, 2016                               $2.301

The following is a list of the average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: 

$2.645                 Elysburg

$2.650                 Lewisburg

$2.644                 Mifflinburg

$2.652                 Milton

$2.659                 Mount Carmel

$2.657                 Selinsgrove

$2.619                 Shamokin

$2.659                 Sunbury

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 81 local offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Kentucky serving more than 2.7 million members.

For More Information, Contact:
Jim Garrity, Public & Community Relations Manager
Desk: 412-365-7274 / Cell: 412-905-9021 / Email: Garrity.James@aaaec.com

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