Utah, UT, February 26- Average retail gasoline prices in Utah have fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.51/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,171 gas outlets in Utah. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.50/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Utah during the past week, prices yesterday were 18.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 7.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 22.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on February 26 in Utah have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.33/g in 2017, $1.70/g in 2016, $1.97/g in 2015, $3.26/g in 2014 and $3.40/g in 2013.
Areas near Utah and their current gas price climate:
Provo- $2.35/g, down 5.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.41/g.
Ogden- $2.45/g, down 1.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.47/g.
Salt Lake City- $2.40/g, down 2.0 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.42/g.
“Even as oil prices were in rally mode to end last week, gasoline prices continued lower with the national average moving lower for the third consecutive week. But March typically comes in more like a lamb and goes out like a lion, and I certainly would expect more fireworks at the pump as temperatures begin to warm and gasoline demand begins to perk up,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “Many places have seen at least the first step towards summer gasoline already made. Unlike the transition from summer to winter gasoline that is much simpler, the transition to the more strict fuel coming into the regulated summer months is a bit trickier, especially considering the amount of work going into refineries ahead of the summer driving season, which is more like the running of the bulls where refineries try to stay ahead of the rise in demand. No matter what happens with oil, any curve ball to this work has a tendency to act as a spark in the combustion process- something will likely ignite gas prices, but it’s unpredictable when and to what degree.”