Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Gas prices rise to highest level since September 2015

Gas prices rise to highest level since September 2015

Travelers in the Devils Lake area would have found prices ranging from $2.19 to $2.39 per gallon on Monday, with an average of $2.25. While average prices are far below their 5-year average, they remain notably higher than last year.

Fuel prices have been moving up the last couple weeks because of higher crude oil prices.

KINGSTON, N.Y. Average retail gasoline prices in NY have risen 1.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.50 per gallon Sunday.

Each spring, average USA gasoline prices rise 35 cents to 75 cents, usually from February to May, as refineries temporarily shut-down to perform maintenance and as demand grows for gasoline from motorists hitting the road more often in warmer weather, according to GasBuddy's historical figures. Brent crude, used to price global oils, added 3 cents to close at $55.89 per barrel in London.

National prices are at the highest level since September 2015, GasBuddy said.

The latest survey of Vermont gas stations shows the average price of gas rose 3.8 cents to $2.39 per gallon last week.

Gas prices rise over the summer as more people hit the road to take advantage of the warmer weather and school breaks. States posting the highest prices are Hawaii ($3.074 a gallon), California ($3.007), Washington ($2.892), Alaska ($2.849) and OR ($2.748).

The cost of a gallon of gasoline in MA is up another 4 cents in the past week, to its highest level since early January.

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