Average gasoline prices on Aug. 6 in Utah have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.54 per gallon in 2017, $2.32 per gallon in 2016, $2.83 per gallon in 2015, $3.66 per gallon in 2014 and $3.71 per gallon in 2013.
Including the change locally during the past week, prices Monday were 58.8 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 3.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has dropped 0.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 52.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
Areas near Utah and their current gas price climate:
Provo- $2.99 per gallon, down 1.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $3 per gallon.
Ogden- $3.07 per gallon, down 1.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.08 per gallon.
Salt Lake City- $3.01 per gallon, down 0.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.01 per gallon.
“The national average price of gasoline jumped to start last week before slowly tapering off during the latter half, but remains very close to their week-ago levels. Oil prices have held under $70 per barrel, giving promise to gas prices that will continue to hold south of $3 per gallon and near where they have spent much of the summer so far,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “With several bullish and bearish factors weighing on oil prices, you may see gas prices stuck in some sort of late summer blues before motorists see more sizable relief coming after Labor Day. Refiners continue to hum along meeting high demand with few kinks, leading to gas prices that have remained between $2.80-$2.89 per gallon the entire summer thus far.”