Gas Prices Soar in Western PA, Warren; National Average Highest Since 2014

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Gas prices are 11 cents higher in Western Pennsylvania this week at $3.598 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price of gas in Warren is $3.675

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average                $3.598
Average price during the week of January 31, 2022                               $3.481
Average price during the week of February 8, 2021                               $2.774

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:      

$3.596      Altoona
$3.592      Beaver
$3.635      Bradford
$3.588      Brookville
$3.589      Butler
$3.620      Clarion
$3.512      DuBois
$3.639      Erie
$3.550      Greensburg
$3.606      Indiana
$3.595      Jeannette
$3.571      Kittanning
$3.543      Latrobe
$3.648      Meadville
$3.644      Mercer
$3.525      New Castle
$3.586      New Kensington
$3.699      Oil City
$3.574      Pittsburgh

$3.614      Sharon
$3.610      Uniontown
$3.675      Warren
$3.541      Washington

Trend Analysis:

Blustery winter weather and geopolitical tensions are helping to drive the price of oil higher, which is in the low-$90s per barrel, nearly $30 more than in August. The recent cold weather in the U.S increased the demand for heating oil. Meanwhile, the concern that Russia will react to potential western sanctions by withholding crude oil from the already tight global market puts heavy upward pressure on prices. The national average for a gallon of gas has surged to $3.44, eight cents more than a week ago. Gas was last this expensive in 2014.

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks grew by 2.1 million barrels to 250 million barrels last week. However, gasoline demand dropped from 8.51 million barrels per day to 8.23 million barrels per day. Usually, an increase in total stocks and a decrease in demand puts downward pressure on pump prices, but the rising cost of oil continues to push prices higher. If crude prices continue to climb, pump prices will likely follow suit.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session, West Texas Intermediate increased by $2.04 to settle at $92.31. Additionally, EIA reported that total domestic crude stocks decreased by 1.1 million barrels to 415.1 million barrels. The current stock level is approximately 13 percent lower than at the end of January 2021, contributing to pressure on domestic crude prices.

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.