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The Week

Drivers in the District of Columbia and Washington, D.C. metro area experienced another week of decreasing gas prices as national gasoline demand dropped to its lowest point since spring of 1968. The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) weekly report puts demand at a nearly 52-year low, and it’s likely to push lower as Americans are urged to stay at home. Area gas price averages are about 67 cents less than one year ago, however, the decline has slowed to single-digit weekly decreases. AAA Mid-Atlantic believes gas prices are positioned to see decreases in the week ahead, possibly at larger decline rates.


Today’s national gas price average is $1.88, down seven cents in the last week, down 48 cents in the last month and down 88 cents from this time last year.  



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At the close of NYMEX trading Thursday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $22.76 per barrel, $5.58 lower than last Friday’s close. This week, prices hovered between $22 and $26 per barrel, more than $35 less than one year ago. OPEC+ leaders Saudi Arabia and Russia arrived at a decision to reduce crude production late Thursday, ending a bitter oil war. OPEC+ consists of the 14 OPEC members plus 10 non-OPEC nations. Members will decrease overall crude oil production by 10 million barrels per day starting May 1 through June 30.


The Weekend

“Gasoline demand continues to decline as many people adhere to stay at home orders,” says John B. Townsend II, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Despite recent crude oil volatility and this week’s OPEC agreement to reduce production, any potential increases in crude oil prices are not likely to have an impact on gas prices in the near term.”


The Week Ahead

For the April–September 2020 summer driving season, EIA forecasts U.S. regular gasoline retail prices will average $1.58 per gallon, down from an average of $2.72 per gallon last summer. The lower forecast gasoline prices reflect lower forecast crude oil prices and significantly lower gasoline demand in the second quarter of 2020 driven by COVID-19 travel restrictions and disruptions to domestic economic activity. For all of 2020, EIA expects U.S. regular gasoline retail prices to average $1.86 per gallon and gasoline retail prices for all grades to average $1.97 per gallon.


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, April 17, 2020



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

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