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The Week

Local drivers are spending another week seeing very little change at the pump as the summer driving season wraps up. The gas price average in the District of Columbia is $2.27, unchanged in the last week and down 53 cents from a year ago. The gas price average in the Washington, D.C. metro area is $2.16, unchanged in the last week and down 45 cents from this date last year.

 

Today’s national gas price average is $2.17, down a penny in the last week, down two cents in the last month, and down 47 cents from this time last year.  

 

CURRENT AND PAST GAS PRICE AVERAGES

Regular Unleaded Gasoline (*indicates record high)

 

 

 

Today

 

Week Ago

 

Year Ago

 

National

 

$2.17

 

$2.18

 

$2.64

 

Washington, D.C.

 

$2.27

 

$2.27

 

$2.80

 

D.C. Metro

 

$2.16

 

$2.16

 

$2.61

 

Crude Oil

 

$42.01

per barrel

(8/14/20)

 

$41.22

per barrel

(8/7/20)

 

$54.87

per barrel

(8/16/19)

 

 

In the latest weekly report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand increased slightly, but is still lower than last year. Lower demand has helped to keep pump prices stable, as total domestic gasoline stocks are also holding steady.  

 

Educators, students and parents in the Washington metro area are responding to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis besetting the region, nation and globe. For this reason, AAA sees the potential for pump prices to drop heading into autumn, as many area schools choose to conduct classes virtually.

 

As the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) forecasts, “Between the start of a new school year, continued telecommuting and difficult economic conditions, that could grow dire for many in the absence of new government stimulus, gasoline consumption levels lifted by summer vacation travel are likely to retreat.”

 

Yet demand for fuel hit a high not seen since mid-March, notes OPIS. That’s “when COVID-19 spurred lockdowns began cutting deeply into consumers’ travel and daily routines.” Traffic volume is on the upward trend across the Washington metro area these days, although many workers in the region continue to work remotely and telecommute. On freeways in Maryland, for example, “traffic volumes are now reaching 80-85 percent of pre-pandemic levels,” reports the Maryland Transportation Institute at the University of Maryland.

 

At the close of NYMEX trading Friday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $42.01 per barrel, 79 cents higher than last Friday’s close. Crude prices ended lower Thursday after the International Energy Agency reduced its outlook for 2020 global oil demand. Additionally, domestic crude prices have been impacted this week by EIA’s weekly report, which revealed that total domestic inventories decreased. So far, the minimal fluctuations in crude prices have not had a noticeable impact on pump prices, but if prices increased to $45 per barrel for a prolonged period of time, consumers could see gas prices at their local stations increase.

 

The Weekend

The first two weeks of August are pricing out to be the second cheapest start to the month in more than a decade,” said John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs. “Gas prices have high potential to push cheaper, especially with many school districts planning for virtual learning. This could drive demand down in the weeks ahead as school starts at-home.”

 

The Week Ahead

The EIA reports U.S. regular gasoline retail prices averaged $2.18 per gallon in July, an increase of 10 cents per gallon from the average in June, but 56 cents a gallon lower than at the same time last year. EIA expects that gasoline prices will gradually decrease through the rest of the summer to reach an average of $2.04 a gallon in September before falling to an average of $1.99 a gallon in the fourth quarter. The EIA is forecasting U.S. regular gasoline retail prices will average $2.23 a gallon in 2021, compared with an average of $2.12 a gallon in 2020.

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

Next Weekend Gas Watch: Friday, August 21, 2020

 

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TEDx Wilmington Salon

Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

This event had:

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  • 368 people in attendance at the live event
  • More than 7,500 viewed the event online through Livestream, viewing events, and on the AAA Associate network
  • Online viewers came from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries around the world

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