AAA – Gas Prices Keep Dropping

(KFOR NEWS  April 13, 2020)   Since last Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has decreased a nickel a gallon to $1.87. 

AAA reports low crude prices due to COVID-19 and lower demand for gas, as Americans continue to social distance, have pushed pump prices lower.  In its latest weekly report, the Energy Information Administration reported that gas demand plunged to 5.1 million barrels per day from the previous week’s rate of 6.7 million b/d.  With gasoline demand across the country running near a 30-year low, refineries are reducing production in hopes of balancing supply. 

“With Americans expected to remain at home in the weeks ahead, demand for gas is likely to continue declining alongside pump prices,” reports Rose White, spokesperson for AAA-The Auto Club Group. “In some states the drop in prices has been dramatic with motorists saving a dollar or more per gallon compared to retail pump prices of a year ago.”
Fuel price averages for unleaded fuel in Nebraska and other Midwest states:
4/11/2020       4/11/2019       Year-to-Year Variance
Nebraska                $1.76           $2.69           93 cents
South Dakota            $1.77           $2.71           94 cents
Iowa                    $1.58           $2.66           $1.08
Kansas                  $1.63           $2.58           95 cents
Colorado                $1.84           $2.61           77 cents
Minnesota               $1.67           $2.67           $1.00
Missouri                $1.59           $2.55           96 cents
The lowest prices in the nation can be found in Wisconsin where the state average is currently $1.34 a gallon, reports AAA.
Crude prices have remained volatile following this week’s announcement of a tentative crude production reduction agreement between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other major crude oil producers, including Russia.  Final details are still pending but the collective effort is expected to cut global crude production by 10 million b/d for May and June 2020. 
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