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Gas prices jump another 8 cents

The Tennessee gas price average continues to climb, increasing another eight cents over last week. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $2.58 which is nearly 35 cents more than one month ago and 41 cents more than one year ago.
The National gas price average is at $2.77. Meanwhile, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Coffee County is $2.59, which is a penny over the state average and 18 cents below the national average.

“With refinery utilization at a record low, gasoline supplies tightening, demand modestly increasing and crude prices on the rise, cheap prices are in the rear view mirror for the immediate future,” said Megan Cooper, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group.

Today’s state average of $2.58 is the most expensive daily average since May 2019. So far this year, Tennessee gas prices have increased an average of 54 cents per gallon (since January 1). Pump prices increased 19 cents in January, 27 cents in February, and 8 cents so far in March.

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Quick Facts

· 35% of Tennessee gas stations have prices below $2.50
· The lowest 10% of pump prices are $2.38 for regular unleaded
· The highest 10% of pump prices are $2.86 for regular unleaded
· Three metro areas saw double digit increases over last week – Nashville (+11 cents), Clarksville (+10 cents), Cleveland (+10 cents)
· Tennessee remains the 9th least expensive market in the nation

National Gas Prices

With a nickel increase on the week, the national gas price average has reached $2.77, which is a 31-cent jump in the last month. Every state average has climbed by double-digits since February resulting in 1 in 10 gas stations with pump prices that are $3/gallon or more.

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Pump prices are increasing as refinery utilization is at an all-time low and crude oil prices (WTI) surged by more than $2/bbl to $66/bbl on Friday, the highest price in nearly two years. The jump in crude followed the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ and their allies’, collectively known as OPEC+, surprise decision to minimally increase production in April.

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report for the week ending February 26 shows refinery capacity at 56%, which is the lowest rate recorded by the agency. It is also 12 percentage points below last week and 18 percentage points lower than a year ago. EIA data also points to a decrease in gasoline stocks down to 243.4 million bbl, which is 3.5% below levels at the end of February 2020.

Today’s national average is nearly 40 cents more expensive compared to a year ago, which was right before state lockdowns and working/school from home started.

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