After dropping eight cents last week, gas prices in West Central Kentucky are down by another eight cents this week to $2.555 per gallon according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
With two exceptions, state gas price averages in the Great Lakes and Central region continue downward. Kentucky gas prices are down by six cents statewide, landing on the list of top 10 largest changes on the week.
Gas prices are pushing cheaper as regional refinery utilization rates are climbing, signaling refinery maintenance season is starting to wrap-up and gasoline stocks could build. However, the region’s large draw of 1.9 million barrels could mean prices may jump early on this week. At 49.8 million barrels in total, stocks sit at their lowest level in 54-weeks. While low, the region typically sees stocks at this or lower levels around year-end, according to EIA data.
This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average $2.555
Average price during the week of October 22, 2018 $2.636
Average price during the week of October 30, 2017 $2.341
Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
$2.563 Bowling Green
On the National Front
The national gas price average has been dropping slowly and steadily for the past 16-days. At $2.82, it’s the lowest since mid-September. The last few weeks saw peak refinery maintenance season start to wrap-up and push less expensive gas prices – but the lower prices may not be a long-term trend. AAA expects gas prices will likely increase as early as later this week ahead of the Nov. 4 Iran sanctions announcement and the mid-term elections. How expensive gas prices may be remains to be seen. However, motorists are not likely to pay summer prices this winter.
At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased 26 cents to settle at $67.59. Crude prices ended last week with mostly losses, following release of EIA’s weekly petroleum report that showed crude inventories increased for the fifth consecutive week. Domestic crude inventories gained 6.3 million barrels to total 422.8 million – a level not seen since the beginning of the driving season in June.
Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.