Auto Club: SoCal Gas Prices Within 15 Cents of 2015 Low Point

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A few Southern California gas stations are now charging less than $2 a gallon as local prices continue to drop fairly rapidly, apparently due to plentiful supplies and lower production costs, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $2.456 a gallon for regular today, 8.9 cents less than last Thursday.

 

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.594 per gallon, which is 11.6 cents lower than last week, 44 cents less than last month, and 15 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.583, which is 9.4 cents less than last week, 43 cents lower than last month, and 12 cents less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.533, 10.9 cents less than last week, 45 cents lower than a month ago, and 18 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.582, 9.2 cents lower than last week, 43 cents less than last month, and 11 cents less than last year.

 

“Most central and northern California drivers are already paying lower gas prices than at any time during 2015, but Southern California gas stations are charging on average 15 cents higher than the 2015 lowest price average of about $2.45 a gallon,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “This is because of the continued impact of the Exxon Mobil Torrance refinery closure. But there’s a chance local drivers could see more gas stations charging less than $2 a gallon before prices reverse course for the spring turnaround season.”

 

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Feb. 11, averages are: 

 

Area

Regular

One-week

change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach

$2.594

-11.6 cents

  $4.705 (10/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Orange County

$2.588

-9.5 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

San Diego

$2.583

-9.4 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –

Lompoc

$2.533

-10.9 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)

 

 

 

 

Riverside – San Bernardino

$2.582

-9.2 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Ventura

$2.604

-9.1 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

$2.417

-8.7 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)