Auto Club: Gas Price Increases Pick Up The Pace

(LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13, 2009) Prices began increasing more rapidly at gas pumps in the past week, reportedly because of local refinery maintenance issues, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.216 per gallon, which is 9.1 cents more than last week, 27 cents higher than last month, and 86 cents less than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.257, which is 10 cents more than last week’s price, 26 cents above last month, and 85 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.318, up 10 cents from last week, 29 cents up from last month, and 93 cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.219, which is 8.9 cents over last week, 27 cents more than last month, and 85 cents less than last year.

“At least one oil industry analyst this week has reported diminished output at California refineries because of unanticipated maintenance issues,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “These supply reductions may be playing a role in pushing up prices.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 3:07 a.m. on Feb. 13.

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Area

Regular

One-week
change
 
 
2008
Lowest Price
Record
Price
Los Angeles –
Long Beach

$2.216

+ 9.1
cents
$1.720
(12/16/08)
$4.626
(6/21/08)


Orange County

$2.211

+ 8.9
cents
$1.707
(12/17/08)
$4.598
(6/19/08)


San Diego

$2.257

+ 10.0
cents
$1.707
(12/15/08)
$4.630
(6/19/08)


Santa Barbara/
Santa Maria/
Lompoc

$2.318

+ 10.0
cents
$1.780
(12/16/08)
$4.709
(6/21/08)


Riverside –
San Bernardino

$2.219

+ 8.9
cents
$1.692
(12/16/08)
$4.614
(6/22/08)


Bakersfield

$2.343

+ 11.0
cents
$1.785
(12/15/08)
$4.591
(6/24/08)


Las Vegas,
NV

$2.163

+ 8.4
cents
$1.732
(12/19/08)
$4.279
(6/21/08)