As more cars are on the road this month for spring travel, New York gas prices have risen more than 5 cents per gallon in the past two weeks, averaging $2.74 per gallon earlier this week.
In Ellicottville Tuesday, gas prices at the Kwik Fill on Washington Street were $2.73 per gallon, just once cent below the state average.
Gas prices in New York are 15.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, yet stand 0.9 cents per gallon lower than at this time a year ago, according to GasBuddy. The cheapest station in New York was priced at $2.39/g Monday (at a Native American-owned station) while the most expensive was $3.89/g, a difference of $1.50/g.
The cheapest price in the entire country Monday was at $1.74/g, while the most expensive was $5.01/g, a difference of $3.27/g.
The national average price of gasoline has risen 4.8 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.74/g Monday. The national average is up 27.6 cents per gallon from a month ago, yet stands 9.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
Some reported prices in Western New York: Batavia, $2.72 (up 7 cents since last week); Buffalo, $2.69 (up 8 cents since last week); and Rochester, $2.75 (up 6 cents since last week).
“The national average gas price has now risen for two months straight, tacking on a total of 50 cents per gallon in the last 90 days, which will cost Americans nearly $200 million more at the pump today than back in early January,” says Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
“The road doesn’t end here, however, with California and the West Coast seeing a surge in unexpected refinery outages, leading to extremely tight supply of cleaner summer gasoline and causing prices to skyrocket,” he adds. “California will soon be home to something not seen in nearly five years: a statewide average of over $4 per gallon, with some of the largest cities there swelling to averages as high as $4.15 per gallon before any relief arrives.”
DeHaan says it “really is going to be ugly this week” on the West Coast, and any further issues could lead to more spikes, but for the rest of the country expect the rise to continue for a ninth straight week “with little good news on the horizon.”