Expect gas prices to keep moving upward

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Average retail gasoline prices in Peoria have risen 6.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44 per gallon yesterday.

This compares with the national average that has increased 3.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43 per gallon, according to gasoline price website PeoriaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Peoria during the past week, prices yesterday were 27.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.1 cents per gallon unchanged versus a month ago. The national average has increased 10.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 31.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"The national average has continued on its upward trend as we move closer to spring and EPA-mandated cleaner burning gasoline," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

"The smaller movements in gasoline prices as of late in areas of the country will certainly not hold much longer. Gasoline prices tend to start moving significantly higher toward the end of February and into mid-March, so motorists should be preparing for higher prices."