After dropping 10 cents last week, gas prices continued their downward trend in West Central Kentucky this week. Today’s average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is nearly 13 cents lower this week at $2.346 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
For a second straight week, the Midwest and Central states are seeing some of the largest declines in gas prices and some of the cheapest gas in the country. In addition to experiencing one of the largest decreases over the week, gas prices in Kentucky this week are in the top 10 least expensive in the country ($2.40).
Gasoline inventories jumped 1.3 million barrels in the Great Lakes and Central states – the largest of any region in the country – which contributes to the drop in gas prices. The only other region to see a build on the week was the West Coast, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average $2.346
Average price during the week of September 18, 2017 $2.471
Average price during the week of September 26, 2016 $2.108
Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
$2.446 Bowling Green
On the National Front
One month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, motorists are finally seeing consistent declines in gas prices. At $2.57, today’s national average is five cents less than a week ago, 22 cents more expensive than a month ago, and 36 cents more than a year ago.
According to the Department of Energy, Gulf Coast refinery operations were up nearly 10 percent for the week ending September 15. Overall, 10 refineries are operating at reduced rates, while three remain shut down. In addition, the Colonial Pipeline remains on about a seven-day gasoline delivery delay, but they estimate that by the end of the month the pipeline will be returning to normal deliveries.