Gas prices dip at pumps in Utah, Intermountain West
Motorists traveling across the state, especially along the Wasatch Front, are seeing gasoline prices in Utah drop compared to last month.
The latest report from AAA Utah shows double-digit decreases in Utah and most of the Intermountain West.
Nevertheless, Utahns continue to pay 11 cents more per gallon than the average pump price posted across the United States.
The average price for a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline in Utah currently registers at $2.34.
The average $2.34 cost per gallon paid by Utah motorists represents a 26 cent decrease compared to the gasoline pump prices reported statewide last month, noted the report.
But the prices paid by motorists refueling at the gasoline pumps in Carbon County exceeds the statewide average by 10 cents .
The average pump price in Carbon County registers at $2.44 per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.
The current national average price per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.23, according to the AAA Utah report.
The average price is 3 cents lower than last month and 6 cents lower than reported in the United States one year ago.
Mild weather on the East Coast and strong OPEC inventories has sent crude oil below $60 per barrel.
Barring any unforeseen events, including a cold weather snap back east, AAA Utah anticipates that prices should remain near current levels for the near future.
"Gasoline prices have continued to drop following the price of crude oil which has stayed at or somewhat below the $60 per barrel range," pointed out Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Utah spokesperson.
"This is an encouraging sign, especially in light of OPEC's decision last month to reduce production by 1.2 million barrels per day," added the AAA Utah representative.
All of the states surveyed in the latest fuel gauge report in the Intermountain West continued to experience falling gasoline prices since AAA issued the organization's last report on Oct. 10.
The current price for regular, self-service gasoline in Idaho is $2.39. The pump cost is 19 cents lower than the price paid by motorists one month ago.
Montana's average price dropped 16 cents to the the current average, $2.31.
Wyoming's current price, $2.28 is 17 cents lower than last month.
Colorado's motorists welcomed a whopping 24 cent drop in their average gasoline price.
The current per gallon price in Colorado in $2.21.
Arizona's price dropped only 6 cents to the current average price of $2.23.
Nevada's price, $2.49, is 15 cents lower than a month ago.
California's average price is $2.48.
The pump price paid by motorists in California is 12 cents lower than October's average.
Motorists in all of the Utah cities surveyed by AAA witnessed double-digit savings at the gas pumps.
Provo saw the largest drop in prices. The average price in Provo is currently $2.24.
The per gallon cost paid by motorists refueling at gas pumps in Provo is 36 cents lower than last month.
Ogden recorded the next greatest drop, 29 cents, from last month.
The current price in Ogden is $2.31.
Logan's average price of $2.35 is 28 cents lower than last month.
Salt Lake City motorists saw prices drop an average of 26 cents in the past month.
The current average price in Salt Lake for regular, self-serve gasoline is $2.26.
The average price dropped 17 cents per gallon in St. George and Vernal during the last month.
The current average price in Vernal is $2.45. St. George's average price is $2.40.
Moab's average price dropped 10 cents to the current price of $2.51.
As prices continue to drop, motorists in Carbon County and across the state can enjoy additional savings by shopping aggressively for the lowest per gallon costa available, noted the AAA Utah representative.
AAA's fuel gauge report surveys more than 85,000 self-serve stations daily nationwide. Data is provided in cooperation with OPIS Energy Group and Wright Express.