Gas Price Report For April 30, 2018

Gas price trend for week of April 30, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Gas prices continued lurching higher during the past week, according to the latest gas price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Retail fuel prices jumped another nickel per gallon during the week, settling near $2.85 for regular unleaded. Most regions’ fuel prices remain under the $3.00 per gallon level, but many are watching average prices ebb closer to that mark, including the Central Atlantic, where average gas prices are now $2.91. For drivers on the West Coast, particularly California, prices at the $3.00 level are only a memory, having been above that threshold for weeks. Average prices in California this week are $3.43 per gallon, while prices are about $3.13 per gallon for the broader West Coast. Truckers were also socked with another diesel price increase this week, though not as dramatic as regular gas. The E.I.A. price survey shows the average cost of diesel went up nearly two-and-a-half cents per gallon, bringing the average cost to near $3.16. Gas prices increased in four of the five surveys released during April, and each of those increases was near or above five cents per gallon. The only declining week showed a meek dip in prices, when the April 9 survey showed a price drop of less than a penny per gallon. In all, April ended with prices twenty cents higher than the end of March, according to the E.I.A. reports. This week’s average fuel prices for all regions are shown below, as gathered from

E.I.A. Gas Price Survey

04/16/18 04/23/18 04/30/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.747 2.798 2.846 values are up 0.048 values are up 0.435
East Coast (PADD1) 2.688 2.751 2.789 values are up 0.038 values are up 0.402
  New England (PADD1A) 2.691 2.759 2.812 values are up 0.053 values are up 0.409
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.795 2.862 2.910 values are up 0.048 values are up 0.414
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.606 2.665 2.692 values are up 0.027 values are up 0.392
Midwest (PADD2) 2.602 2.657 2.724 values are up 0.067 values are up 0.434
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.496 2.546 2.589 values are up 0.043 values are up 0.393
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.734 2.772 2.803 values are up 0.031 values are up 0.399
West Coast (PADD5) 3.367 3.391 3.432 values are up 0.041 values are up 0.553
  West Coast less California 3.047 3.088 3.128 values are up 0.040 values are up 0.460

E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

04/16/18 04/23/18 04/30/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 3.104 3.133 3.157 values are up 0.024 values are up 0.574
East Coast (PADD1) 3.116 3.142 3.162 values are up 0.020 values are up 0.538
  New England (PADD1A) 3.149 3.171 3.203 values are up 0.032 values are up 0.550
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.275 3.295 3.321 values are up 0.026 values are up 0.548
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.998 3.028 3.042 values are up 0.014 values are up 0.529
Midwest (PADD2) 3.016 3.047 3.083 values are up 0.036 values are up 0.567
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.910 2.936 2.946 values are up 0.010 values are up 0.511
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.137 3.181 3.215 values are up 0.034 values are up 0.549
West Coast (PADD5) 3.583 3.616 3.640 values are up 0.024 values are up 0.776
  West Coast less California 3.326 3.366 3.394 values are up 0.028 values are up 0.619
  California 3.787 3.815 3.834 values are up 0.019 values are up 0.897

*PADD stands for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. Charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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