AAA FUEL GAUGE: West Virginia Gasoline Prices Drop a Penny

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AAA FUEL GAUGE: West Virginia Gasoline Prices Drop a Penny

Climbing temperatures and lower gas prices have taken the chill off the season for local drivers as West Virginia gas prices drop a penny to $3.424, according to a report issued Jan. 8 by AAA East Central.

Today’s national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.30. While this price is fractions of a penny more than one week ago, it is six cents cheaper than one month ago and seven cents less than one year ago.

In the first 90 days of 2012, geopolitical tensions with Iran pressured the national price at the pump almost 65 cents higher. Without a similar market moving story to begin 2013, it is likely that the year-over-year discount will widen in the coming months. AAA continues to expect that gas prices in 2013 will average less than the annual record of $3.60 per gallon set last year.

According to the AAA Fuel Gauge, only 12 states and Washington, D.C. currently have an average price at the pump that is more expensive than one year ago. Not coincidentally, these are also the states where gasoline supplies and distribution were most heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy this fall. While the net impact of the hurricane was demand destruction, which contributed to a lower national average to end the year, tight supplies in the Northeast linger and continue to buoy prices in the region.

While retail gasoline prices are currently rising at a slower rate than to start 2012, the average is pressured higher by crude oil prices that have continued to slowly increase in recent weeks. At today’s close of formal trading on the NYMEX Monday, the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $93.19 per barrel, up 10 cents on the day. This is the highest settlement price since Sept. 18, but is still well below the 2012 high of $109.77 per barrel on Feb. 24.

This week’s average prices: West Virginia Average                      $3.424

Average price during the week of January 2, 2013                       $3.434

Average price during the week of January 10, 2012                      $3.487

Today’s National Average Price                                                      $3.300

The following is a list of the average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:

 

$3.458

Bridgeport

$3.430

Clarksburg

$3.410

Huntington

$3.516

Martinsburg

$3.484

Morgantown

$3.351

Parkersburg

$3.357

Weirton

$3.384

Wheeling

 

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 80 local offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Kentucky servicing 2.5 million members.

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