West Central Kentucky Gas Prices Rise; National Average Continues to Climb

Kentucky, Gas Prices
Pumping gas by Mike Mozart
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Gas prices in West Central Kentucky are eight cents more expensive this week at $2.242 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Gas prices increased on the week as much as 15 cents across the Great Lakes and Central states (Kentucky, +9 cents).  With a 773,000-barrel build, regional inventories measure slightly above the 59 million mark, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.  The region was just one of two in the country to see refinery utilization increase, indicating that some refineries may have finished unplanned maintenance since January due to severe winter weather.

This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average                             $2.242
Average price during the week of February 19, 2019                                      $2.160
Average price during the week of February 26, 2018                                      $2.337

Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: 

$2.287        Bowling Green
$2.150        Elizabethtown
$2.373        Louisville
$2.149        Owensboro
$2.250        Paducah

On the National Front
Motorists can fill up for $2.50 or less at most gas stations throughout the country, despite more than 40 states seeing gas price averages increase on the week.  At $2.39, the national gas price average is eight cents more expensive than last week and 12 cents more expensive than last month, yet remains 12 cents cheaper year-over-year. 

Nationwide, refineries have been undergoing maintenance, partly unplanned as the result of poor weather, and partly to prepare to produce spring and summer gasoline.  Even with pump prices on the rise, mostly decreasing demand has helped to offset major increases, keeping gas under $2.50 for most of the country.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased 30 cents to settle at $57.26 – setting a new high for crude prices this year.  If crude prices sustain at these higher levels, they could potentially send pump prices higher this spring.

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

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 80 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia serving 2.7 million members.  News releases are available at news.eastcentral.aaa.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For More Information, Contact:
Lynda Lambert, Safety Advisor & Media Spokesperson
Desk: 502-779-3610 / Cell: 502-565-7410 / Email: Lambert.Lynda@aaaec.com

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