Gas Prices On The Rise

gas pricesGasoline prices continued their spring push this week amid tightened supplies and increasing demand. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is the highest since August of last year.
Prices in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee reached their highest levels since March 2013, September, and August respectively. Prices in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are exceeding year-over-year levels, because at this time last year, pump prices were tumbling from an unusual late February peak.
In 2011 and 2012, prices followed a more traditional trend peaking in May and April respectively.
“Prices may move a little higher in the coming weeks,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “However the end is likely in sight for many drivers across the country.
Every spring refiners are required to switch to producing summer-blend gasoline by May 1, with gasoline required to be sold at the pumps by June 1. This seasonal refinery maintenance and the actual changeover itself increases the possibility of a disruption to production, which can send prices higher in an area that is normally supplied by a limited or offline facility. These sorts of refinery issues have been minimal this spring, but the coming weeks will bear close attention.
Sunday’s national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.58, 3 cents more than last week. Tennessee’s average of $3.41 jumped 7 cents from last week. The low price in Manchester has jumped to $3.45 per gallon and in Tullahoma the low price is $3.32.