Gas No Longer Under $2 in Any State

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The national average for regular unleaded gas has increased 38 days in a row, the longest such streak in more than two years, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, and has climbed 41 cents per gallon during that period.

AAA said Thursday the national average for regular was $2.45, up 11 cents from a week ago. The average for premium gas was $2.85, 12 cents higher than last week, and for diesel it was $2.92, up 3 cents from a week ago.

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The U.S. average for regular reached a low of $2.03 per gallon on Jan. 26 after dropping for a record 123 consecutive days. Prices have increased every day since. Whereas regular gas averaged less than $2 in 27 states six weeks ago, today the lowest statewide average is $2.14 in Wyoming. South Carolina and Utah are the next lowest at $2.16. Motorists who had their pick of stations offering gas for less than $2 may now have only a handful of choices — or none in many areas.

By Rick Popely | March 5, 2015 | Comments (1)

California Leads Country in Gas Price Increases

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Gas prices have increased for 31 days in a row, raising the national average for regular unleaded to $2.34 per gallon, as refinery maintenance and an explosion at a Southern California refinery reduced gasoline production in some areas.

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The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said Thursday that the national average for regular increased 7 cents the past week and has been rising at better than a penny per day the past four weeks, increasing 31 cents during that period. It is the longest streak of daily increases since last spring, AAA said.

By Rick Popely | February 27, 2015 | Comments (1)

EPA Announces New Fuel-Economy Test Guidelines

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Automakers will have a new set of EPA guidelines for conducting fuel-economy tests, the agency announced Monday. The move is in response to some automakers — Ford and Hyundai/Kia — that have had to lower fuel-economy ratings on their cars during the past several years because of testing errors.

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These guidelines cover vehicle preparation for the fuel-economy testing such as tire wear levels and breaking in a new car beforehand. They also cover the impact of aerodynamic drag and tire rolling resistance on a car’s fuel economy.

"Without question, [the] industry is paying more attention — and that's a good thing," Chris Grundler, EPA's director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, told the Detroit News.

Read the Detroit News' full story here.

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By Jennifer Newman | February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

Prices at the Pump May Level Off Soon

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Just when it looked like crude oil prices would continue ticking upward and push gasoline prices higher, the oil market hit a speed bump, increasing chances that motorists might soon pay less at the pump.

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U.S. crude oil prices fell Thursday morning and were trading below $50 on news from the Energy Information Administration that domestic oil and gasoline stockpiles were well above typical levels for this time of year. If that glut continues, the steady increases at the pump that motorists have experienced in recent weeks could come to a temporary halt.

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge said Thursday the national average for regular unleaded gasoline has increased 25 days in a row, climbing 23 cents to $2.27 a gallon. Diesel fuel has increased 6 cents over the past two weeks to a national average of $2.85.

By Rick Popely | February 20, 2015 | Comments (0)

Only Three States Left With $2 Gas

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Gasoline prices have increased 18 days in a row, and $2 per gallon gas is now just a recent memory for millions of U.S. motorists.

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said Friday that the national average for regular unleaded was $2.24 per gallon, 7 cents higher than a week ago and 20 cents higher than two weeks ago.

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Regular gasoline averaged less than $2 in only three states Friday compared to 25 states two weeks ago. Idaho had the lowest statewide average, $1.91, followed by Utah, $1.93, and Montana, $1.96.

AAA said that February typically is when seasonal refinery maintenance starts ahead of the summer driving season when demand for gas increases. The maintenance temporarily reduces gasoline supplies in areas served by those refineries and causes pump prices to rise.

By Rick Popely | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Gas Prices March Upward

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Brace yourselves: Gasoline prices have increased for 10 straight days and will probably continue to march upward through February and into early spring.

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said the national average for regular unleaded was $2.15 per gallon Thursday, 11 cents more than a week ago after it jumped by 4 cents on Wednesday and another 4 on Thursday. Gas prices had declined for a record 123 straight days and reached a six-year low of $2.03 on Jan. 28 before the spell was broken.

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Expect more of the same: AAA said gas prices typically increase 30 to 50 cents per gallon between early February and the middle of spring as refineries temporarily shut down for scheduled maintenance.

"Yet even if gas prices increase as expected, drivers should continue paying at least a dollar less on gasoline than what they spent in recent years during the spring," AAA spokesman Avery Ash said in a release.

Despite the recent price increases, motorists on average are paying $1.12 less today for regular than a year ago.

By Rick Popely | February 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Gas Jumps Five Cents Overnight

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If you filled up on the way to work this morning you might've gotten a bit of a shock at the pump. The national average price for regular gasoline jumped 5 cents from Tuesday to $2.11 according to AAA. A slow rise in prices was predicted as spring travel season approached, but for people used to near-$2 gas the times look to be changing — quickly.

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When I filled up this morning in the suburbs of Chicago the price had gone up 10 cents overnight. AAA reports the average hike in the Chicago metro area was just 6 cents while statewide in Illinois prices were up 7 cents to $2.23 compared to Tuesday.

Ohio saw prices soar even higher, moving up 15 cents statewide compared to Tuesday.

There are still 20 states with gas below $2 a gallon, many of them seeing much smaller increases overnight.

Let us know in the comments if you saw a major increase today.

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By David Thomas | February 4, 2015 | Comments (9)

Gas Price Freefall Stalls

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The streak of consecutive daily declines in U.S. gasoline prices ended earlier this week as prices rose in several states, but the party may not be over for motorists who have gotten used to spending less and less at the pump.

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The national average for regular unleaded stood at $2.04 Thursday, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. That was unchanged from a week ago, but up a penny from Monday. Pump prices jumped by double digits in some Great Lakes states during the past week, which AAA said was due to refinery issues in that region.

Widespread price declines at the pump could resume soon because U.S. crude oil was trading at less than $45 a barrel on news that oil stockpiles have hit the highest level since records began in 1982. U.S. oil prices closed Wednesday at $44.45 per barrel, the lowest since March 2009. Oil accounts for more than half the cost of a gallon of gas.

Even with the current glut of oil, gas prices are expected to rise starting in the spring when refineries shut down for routine maintenance, temporarily crimping the supply in the areas they serve, and then switch over to summer gas blends that cost more to produce. In addition, motorists typically drive more during the warm months, increasing demand.

Forecasters, though, doubt that pump prices will come close to the 2014 peak of $3.70.

By Rick Popely | January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

Regular, Premium and Diesel Prices Fall

The good news for motorists on gas prices keeps rolling in as pump prices continue to fall and analysts predict that oil prices should remain low for the next two years. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded fell 10 cents the past week to $2.08 on Thursday, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. AAA said more than half of U.S. gas stations are selling regular unleaded for less than $2 a gallon, and it looks increasingly likely that the national average could soon fall below $2 for the first time in nearly six years.

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Twenty-one states were already under that threshold, with Missouri having the lowest statewide average at $1.73. GasBuddy.com listed two stations in the St. Louis area Thursday morning that were selling regular unleaded for less than $1.50 a gallon. AAA said the national average for premium gas was down to $2.50, and this week diesel fuel slipped below $3 to a national average of $2.96 a gallon. Hawaii remained the only state to average more than $3 for regular unleaded at $3.37 per gallon. California, New York and the District of Columbia were the only others with prices over $2.50 a gallon.

By Rick Popely | January 16, 2015 | Comments (6)

How Low Will Gas Prices Go?

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Fifteen weeks and counting. That's how long gas prices have fallen in the longest consecutive decline on record — 105 straight days — and pump prices could fall even lower.

U.S. crude oil was trading below $49 per barrel early Thursday, the lowest price in nearly six years and less than half of what it was in June. Analysts were predicting oil prices could drop more in the near term, pushing gas prices further down as well.

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The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said Thursday that the national average for regular unleaded was $2.18 per gallon, the lowest since May 2009 and $1.13 less than a year ago.

Six states were averaging less than $2 per gallon, led by Kansas, $1.89; Oklahoma, $1.87; and Missouri, $1.81. Five more states were within a penny of slipping below the $2 threshold. Regular unleaded could be found for less than $2 at stations in at least 40 states, AAA said.

By Rick Popely | January 9, 2015 | Comments (3)

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