Georgia Gas Prices Dropping Again

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Gas prices moved higher last week, as was forecast by AAA. However, prices at the pump are beginning to trend lower yet again.

Georgia gas prices increased 6 cents last week, before declining a penny during the weekend. The state average of $2.43 is 5 cents more than last week. Compared to this time last year, motorists are paying 22 cents per gallon, or $3 more for a full tank of gasoline.

The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Atlanta ($2.46), Savannah ($2.45), Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.43), and Gainesville ($2.42)

The least expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Albany ($2.35), Augusta-Aiken ($2.35), and Warner Robins ($2.36)

The largest price increases during the past week were in Gainesville (8 cents), Atlanta (7 cents), and Dalton (5 cents)

"Gas prices are usually volatile during the spring, with more ups and downs than a rollercoaster," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Wholesale gasoline prices lowered late last week, which should allow retail to do the same. While motorists could see gas prices drift a few cents lower in the short term, they should expect more surprises this spring. In total, pump prices could rise 20-30 cents before the summer, as refineries work through scheduled maintenance and prepare for the switch to summer blend gasoline."

A Look Ahead - Spring and Summer Gasoline

Motorists will start to see gas prices make their spring spike in early April. That's when refinery maintenance is expected to be wrapped-up and the switchover to more expensive summer-blend gasoline kicks in along with warmer weather and typical demand increases. Consumers can expect prices to increase throughout April, May and into the start of summer.

AAA expects summer gas prices to be just as expensive as spring prices, but with the potential that they may not increase at such a quick rate. Heading into summer, a variety of factors including U.S. gasoline supply-demand levels, domestic gasoline production rates, and global crude demand will help better shape the summer forecast.  

Why Gas Prices Are Falling Now

Oil and gasoline futures dropped, following a bearish report from the EIA last week, allowing gas prices to point lower. The weekly fuel snapshot showed strong U.S. crude production, weak gasoline demand, and larger-than-anticipated growth in domestic gasoline and crude inventories.

According to the EIA report:

Domestic crude production reached a new weekly high reading of 10.3 million barrels per day.

Crude stocks are nearly 3 percent higher than earlier this year, but nearly 20 percent lower than a year ago.

Gulf Coast gasoline supplies grew by more than 2 percent on the week, raising inventories 4 percent higher than this time last year.

Gasoline demand fell nearly 2 percent below the previous week, yet remains nearly 4 percent higher than a year ago.

Refinery maintenance is ongoing as is evidenced in the report. Refinery activity sits at 87 percent; the same as the week before.

Highs and Lows of 2018

National: the highest average price for gasoline was $2.67 on February 6; the lowest was $2.49 on January 3.

Florida: the highest average price in was $2.68 on February 8; the lowest was $2.44 on January 2.

Georgia: the highest average price was $2.49 on January 31; the lowest was $2.35 on January 2.

Tennessee: the highest average price was $2.41 on February 7; the lowest was $2.26 on January 1.


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