PENNSYLVANIA – Average retail gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have risen 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.71 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,269 gas outlets in Pennsylvania.
This compares with the national average that has increased 5.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.55 per gallon, according to gasoline price Web site GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Pennsylvania during the past week, prices yesterday were 11.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 20.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 28.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 7.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
“If anything positive came about as a result of Winter Storm ‘Nemo’ it may be that the resulting ‘demand destruction’ seems to have flattened out the rate at which prices had been increasing in the Northeast and the Midwest, too,” said Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski. “On the west coast motorists are less fortunate. With western refineries producing at 75 percent capacity (less than any other region), California has seen its average price increase by 14 cents per gallon over the past week; doubling the rate of increase over the same period for the rest of the country.”
GasBuddy operates PennsylvaniaGasPrices.com and more than 250 similar Web sites that track gasoline prices at more than 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.