Lower demand, higher inventories, and a resurgence of Covid cases nationally are pushing lower gas prices in many states. Connecticut, however, is not one of them, says AAA Northeast.
Today, Connecticut’s statewide average for a gallon of self-serve regular is $2.19, 2 cents higher than last week. Compared to last year, however, prices are 47 cents lower.
Nationally, however, prices at $2.16 a gallon haven’t moved since last week and are 40 cents lower than last year.
“Overall, gasoline demand is down 14% year over year,” said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “And because of the surging pandemic, Americans are filling up less as states re-introduce travel restrictions.”
It’s expected, however, demand will increase in 2021 as Americans this week begin receiving Covid vaccines, she added. “This positive news will likely continue to bolster the domestic price of crude, “she added. Crude oil prices are the driving force of prices at the pump.
Here is AAA’s weekly price survey of Connecticut’s six metro regions:
Greater Bridgeport $2.26 Lower Fairfield County: $2.24
New Haven/Meriden $2.17 Greater Hartford $2.16
New London/Norwich $2.20 Windham/Middlesex $2.23
Statewide Average: $2.19
Today, Mississippi and Missouri register the lowest prices in the nation with $1.84 and $1.85, respectively. Hawaii and California continue to hold the highest prices in the nation at $3.24 and $3.18. respectively. Connecticut moved up one spot to the 20th spot on the list of states with the highest gas prices in the nation. Average gas prices may be obtained daily through www.gasprices.aaa.com.