Stations can begin selling the winter blend of gasoline after Sept. 16 – gas that is less expensive to produce than the summer blend.
That change will contribute to lower gas prices, which already have been falling.
“With the start of fall, gasoline prices have continued a fall of their own,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst.
“Crude oil prices fell some $2 per barrel last week, and there continues to be downward pressure on oil prices, which in turn will continue to weigh on the nation’s average gasoline price. … Countrywide, 49 of 50 states saw gas prices decline last week, with Ohio the only state to see a slight rise. The Great Lakes led decliners, while every state saw at least a change of 2.5 cents a gallon. In the week ahead, widespread gasoline price declines will continue, especially in light of the switch over to cheaper winter fuel in many areas,” DeHaan said.
The average price for gas in the Harrisburg area today is $2.37 a gallon, which is 5 cents lower than last week, 19 cents lower than a month ago and $1 lower than a year ago.
The average price in Pennsylvania is $2.43 a gallon. The national average is $2.33 a gallon.
According to AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the national average gas prices has fallen every day for four weeks.
Three states have averages below $2 a gallon – South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama.
“Barring any unexpected disruptions in supply or spikes in the price of crude oil, the national average is expected to keep moving lower as we head into the fall. Pump prices typically decline during this time of year due to lower driving demand after the busy summer driving season and the changeover to cheaper to produce winter-blend gasoline, which takes place in many parts of the country starting on September 16. U.S. drivers continue to benefit from an oversupplied market and consumers could experience even lower prices at the pump if the price of crude oil remains relatively low and refineries are able to conduct planned seasonal maintenance without issue,” according to AAA.