Local gas prices continue to drop.
AAA’s weekly gas price report sets the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded, self-serve in Butler at $2.66, which is 14 cents cheaper than last week.
Across the state, gas is nearly seven cents cheaper this week…and analysts say it could continue to decline.
AAA says the national average for a gallon of gas has dropped to $2.46, which is a new low price for the year.
This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average $2.716
Average price during the week of November 26, 2018 $2.806
Average price during the week of December 4, 2017 $2.806
The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
$2.717 Du Bois
$2.468 New Castle
$2.745 New Kensington
On the National Front
On the week, motorists in 32 states are paying less to fill up compared to a year ago. As the national gas price average drops to $2.46 it sets a new low price for the year and is cheaper than a year ago by two cents. The last time the daily national gas price average was cheaper year-over-year was 18 months ago on July 6, 2017 when gas prices were $2.24 (versus $2.26 on July 6, 2016). Not only is today’s national gas price average cheaper year-over-year, but also is 31-cents cheaper than a month ago and on the week, 24 states saw gas prices drop double digits.
Cheap crude oil prices are largely driving fuel savings at the pump. Last week, crude dropped to its lowest point of the year at $50/bbl. However, this week’s Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting could disrupt the cost of crude. OPEC is expected to make an announcement on production at its meeting this Thursday in Vienna, Austria. The scheduled OPEC meeting has not had a negative impact on pump prices so far.
Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.