Average retail gasoline prices in Connecticut have risen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, to $3.88 per gallon as of Sunday, Feb. 10, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,540 gas outlets in Connecticut.
This compares with a national average that increased 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.55 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com.
Big increase from a year ago
Including the change in gas prices in Connecticut during the past week, prices on Feb. 10 were 7.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 22.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.
Snowstorm may slow price hikes
“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 Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.
“On the West Coast, motorists are less fortunate,” Laskoski said. “With western refineries producing at 75% 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 ConnecticutGasPrices.com and more than 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at over 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smart phone app that has been downloaded 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.