PITTSBURGH — The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is four cents cheaper this week at $2.829 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
For another week, every state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast saw pump prices push cheaper, with Delaware seeing the largest decline (-8 cents). Pennsylvania motorists are paying an average of two cents less this week at $2.75. As state averages continue to decline in the region, Pennsylvania and New York rank as the 11th and 13thhighest averages in the country and the most expensive in the region.
For a second week, gasoline stocks increased by a moderate nearly 600,000 barrels to total 64.9 million in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report. Regional refinery utilization dropped slightly to 67%. As some seasonal trends take hold, like decreasing demand and the sale of winter gasoline, motorists may see gas prices continue to decrease in the week ahead.
The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in Bradford is $2.954; in Brookville, $2.764; in DuBois, $2.683; in Erie, $2.928; and in Warren, $2.959.
The national gas price average continues to hold steady on the week at $2.65, which is nine cents more expensive than last month, and 26 cents cheaper than a year ago. Most motorists around the country are seeing prices decline or stabilize, with states seeing gas prices decrease by as much as a nickel since last Monday. But significant price jumps in California (+16 cents on the week) have pushed the regional average higher. While every region is seeing planned and unplanned refinery maintenance, only the West Coast is seeing gasoline stocks tighten and gas prices skyrocket.