At a $1.93 gas price average today, Connecticut has moved from the 13th to 15th spot on the list of states with the highest gas prices in the nation, says AAA Northeast.
The move means that 36 states including the District of Columbia, have prices higher than Connecticut, which is unusual because The Nutmeg State routinely falls in the nation’s top 12 of states with the most expensive gas prices.
At $1.93 for a gallon of self-serve regular, Connecticut prices are a nickel lower than last week and $1.06 cents lower than last year, AAA Northeast. Today’s national average of $1.77 is 4 cents lower than last week and $1.12 lower than last year.
Lower demand, negative crude oil prices, and enormous global supplies continue to push prices lower worldwide, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman.
Couple these factors with limited available crude storage options and the inability of market traders, who owned oil futures, to sell futures contracts to other market participants, and you have a volatile market where prices are dropping at the pump, she added.
“We believe the national average will continue to drop into June, possibly dropping as low as $1.65 – prices we haven’t seen this cheap since January of 2009,” Mayko said.
Here’s AAA’s weekly price survey of Connecticut’s six metro regions:
Greater Bridgeport $2.12 Lower Fairfield County: $2.14
New Haven/Meriden $1.89 Greater Hartford $1.89
New London/Norwich $1.91 Windham/Middlesex $1.86
Statewide Average: $1.93
Today, Wisconsin and Oklahoma register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.20 and $1.37, respectively. Hawaii and California continue to hold the highest prices in the nation with $3.21 and $2.77, respectively. Average gas prices may be obtained daily through www.gasprices.aaa.com