BOWLING GREEN — Area gas prices fell 3 cents this week, according to AAA East Central.
Gas prices measured in the region were $3.47 per gallon.
Today’s national average price at the pump is $3.53 per gallon. This is 12 cents more expensive than one month ago, but just a penny above one week ago and 14 cents per gallon less than the same date last year.
The current pricing trends are dictated by the impact of seasonal refinery maintenance and any disruptions to production or distribution. As is the case each spring, refiners are required to switchover to producing summer-blend gasoline by May 1. The maintenance that refineries undertake in advance of the switchover and the actual switch itself increases the chance of disruptions to production, which can send prices higher in the affected area. While refinery issues have thus far been minimal this spring, the next several weeks will bear close attention, according to a press release from AAA.
Other information of interest included:
This week’s West Central Kentucky average price: $ 3.472
Average price during the week of March 18, 2014: $ 3.505
Average price during the week of March 26, 2013: $ 3.547
The following is a list of the average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
$3.375 in Bowling Green
$3.473 in Elizabethtown
$3.663 in Louisville