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Kathleen Zinszer
Sr. Public Aff. Specialist, CT/DE/NJ/PA
O: (302) 299-4168
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The Week
Since last Friday, the national average, along with the averages for the Philadelphia 5 county area, South Jersey and Delaware have either stayed stagnant or decreased by a penny or two. Although today’s local prices are slightly higher than one month ago, they are at least 10 cents lower than last year. In the new weekly report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand decreased again, helping pump prices to decline. Low demand will likely help pump prices to continue their descent as summer fades to fall. 

Today’s national gas price average is $2.20, down two cents in the last week, up three cents in the last month, and down 36 cents from this time last year.

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 At the close of NYMEX trading Friday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $37.33 per barrel, $2.44 lower than last Friday’s close. Domestic crude prices decreased after EIA’s weekly report revealed that total domestic crude inventories increased, signaling that crude demand is starting to decline. Crude prices may continue to drop if production does not rebalance to meet lower demand ahead of fall, which typically sees fewer drivers hitting the roads for trips due to colder weather. 

The Weekend
“Summer may be fading into the rearview mirror, but less expensive gas prices are not,” says Jana L. Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Moving into fall we traditionally see a drop in demand and further savings at the pump. This year that means pump prices could possibly push even lower then we’ve already seen in 2020.” 

The Week Ahead
Motorists saw plenty of savings at the pump from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The national gas price average during the unofficial start and stop to summer was $2.15 – the cheapest since 2004. Demand was decimated this summer, which ultimately meant increased supply and cheap gas prices. That trend continues. Conditions in the tropics could change that, however, as the very active hurricane season continues.

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

AAA is the most comprehensive resource for gas prices. Unlike the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations, AAA reports reflect actual prices from credit card transactions at more than 100,000 gas stations in the U.S.

Next Weekend Gas Watch: Friday, September 18, 2020

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