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Christine Delise
Sr. Public Relations Specialist, MD
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The Week

After sizable gas price increases in November, Maryland drivers have been seeing a slow downward trend in gas prices since the record-breaking Thanksgiving holiday travel volume.  This week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a sizeable increase in East Coast gasoline stockpiles and a drop in demand, both contributing factors to stability at the pump.

 

Today’s national gas price average is $2.49, which is three cents lower than one week ago, one cent higher than one month ago and 33 cents higher than this time last year.

 

In Maryland, the average price for gas is three cents lower than the national average at $2.46 per gallon, which is two cents less than last week, but a penny more than last month and 25 cents higher than last year on this date.  

 

Many areas across the state, such as Elkton and Salisbury are now below last month’s average price, while other markets are nearing last month’s lower prices.

 

At the close of NYMEX trading Thursday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $57.40 per barrel, 62 cents lower than the previous week. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met Thursday and agreed to extend production cuts through all of 2018, with another meeting in June to review the agreement’s progress. Both the Saudis and Russians made statements emphasizing their commitment to further reducing oversupply, and the official OPEC statement hinted at talks of caps on Libyan and Nigerian production.

 

CURRENT AND PAST GAS PRICE AVERAGES 

Regular Unleaded Gasoline

 

 

12/1/17

 

Week Ago

 

Month Ago

 

Year Ago

 

National

 

$2.49

 

$2.52

 

$2.48

 

$2.16

 

Maryland

 

$2.46

 

$2.48

 

$2.45

 

$2.21

 

Baltimore

 

$2.43

 

$2.45

 

$2.42

 

$2.21

 

Cumberland

 

$2.58

 

$2.58

 

$2.50

 

$2.33

 

Elkton

 

$2.37

 

$2.39

 

$2.40

 

$2.20

 

Hagerstown

 

$2.55

 

$2.56

 

$2.52

 

$2.26

 

Salisbury

 

$2.36

 

$2.38

 

$2.39

 

$2.20

 

Washington Suburbs

(MD only)

 

$2.55

 

$2.55

 

$2.51

 

$2.12

 

Crude Oil

 

$57.40

per barrel

(Thursday, 11/30/17)

 

 

 

      $58.02

per barrel

(Wednesday, 11/22/17 - market closed on 11/23/17

due to Thanksgiving)

 

$54.15

per barrel

(10/30/17)

 

 

 

 

 

$49.44

per barrel

(11/30/16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend

“Prices at the pump should slowly decline through the holiday season, as colder temperatures, the threat of inclement weather and online shopping take a bite out of the demand for gasoline,” said Ragina Cooper Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “AAA anticipates gas prices decreasing as much as 20 cents per gallon in some areas, but year-end prices are still expected to be the most expensive since 2014.”

The Week Ahead

This December motorists will not find significant holiday savings at the gas pump. While AAA does expect gas prices to decline between now and the end of the year, motorists will still pay the highest December gas prices since 2014.  In addition, motorists can expect gas prices to continue to trend cheaper the first few months of 2018, with potential to see the national gas price average in the $2.25-$2.35 range by February. 

 

AAA has a variety of resources to help motorists save on fuel:

 

  • AAA's Member Rewards Visa® Credit Card (AAA.com/financial/AAAvisa.htm) accumulates double points on fuel purchases.

     

    Next Weekend Gas Watch: Friday, December 1, 2017

     

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