West Virginia Gas Prices Drop Again; National Average Sets 2018 Low

West Virginia, Gas Prices
Filling up Insight by Celeste Lindell
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After dropping by a nickel last week, gas prices in Northern West Virginia are seven cents cheaper this week at $2.508 per gallon according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Statewide, gasoline is nine cents cheaper this week in West Virginia ($2.55).  Despite a draw of nearly 700,000 barrels, gasoline stocks continue to measure above 61 million in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region.  Regional refinery utilization has increased to 86 percent, indicating that a large build could be coming in the week ahead and contribute towards reducing gas prices even further.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average: $2.508
Average price during the week of November 26, 2018: $2.578
Average price during the week of December 4, 2017: $2.517

The following is a list of the average prices in several West Virginia locations:

$2.681      Bridgeport
$2.694      Clarksburg
$2.200      Huntington
$2.600      Martinsburg
$2.682      Morgantown
$2.284      Parkersburg
$2.459      Weirton
$2.461      Wheeling

On the National Front
On the week, motorists in 32 states are paying less to fill up compared to a year ago.  As the national gas price average drops to $2.46 it sets a new low price for the year and is cheaper than a year ago by two cents.  The last time the daily national gas price average was cheaper year-over-year was 18 months ago on July 6, 2017 when gas prices were $2.24 (versus $2.26 on July 6, 2016).  Not only is today’s national gas price average cheaper year-over-year, but also is 31-cents cheaper than a month ago and on the week, 24 states saw gas prices drop double digits. 

Cheap crude oil prices are largely driving fuel savings at the pump.  Last week, crude dropped to its lowest point of the year at $50/bbl. However, this week’s Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting could disrupt the cost of crude.  OPEC is expected to make an announcement on production at its meeting this Thursday in Vienna, Austria.  The scheduled OPEC meeting has not had a negative impact on pump prices so far.

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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