AAA: Gas prices this Easter are the cheapest in 12 years

By Travis Kellar - tkellar@timesleader.com | March 25th, 2016 8:57 am

By Travis Kellar

tkellar@timesleader.com

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WILKES-BARRE — Commuters getting ready for the holiday travel may have noticed that the prices at the pump have been on the rise as of late.

AAA Mid-Atlantic, however, said that despite rising prices, holiday commuters will still enjoy the cheapest gas prices in 12 years.

Yesterday’s average gas price in Wilkes-Barre was $2.10 per gallon — a year ago on that date, the average was $2.50.

“As they (commuters) hit the road, they will still pay the cheapest prices for gasoline for this time of year since 2004,” said Jana Tidwell, spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “The recent uptick in the average retail price of gasoline can be attributed in part to another rite of spring — the seasonal switch-over from winter-grade to summer grade gasoline.”

So what’s the difference between the two blends of gasoline?

“The difference between summer- and winter-blend gasoline involves the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) of the fuel,” AAA’s website reports. “RVP is a measure of how easily the fuel evaporates at a given temperature. The more volatile a gasoline (higher RVP), the easier it evaporates.”

Winter-blended fuel has a higher RVP because the fuel has to be able to evaporate at lower temperatures to run the engine in colder temperatures.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says conventional summer-blend gasoline contains 1.7 percent more energy than winter-blend gas, which is one reason why gas mileage is slightly better in the summer,” AAA’s website says. “However, the summer-blend is also more expensive to produce, and that cost is passed on to the motorist.”

Today’s average price at the pump

Gas prices jumped by a few cents across the board overnight.

AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for today’s average gas prices:

• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.14 today, up 4 cents overnight and up 7 cents in the last week.

• Pennsylvania gas average at $2.13 today, up 3 cents overnight and up 8 cents in the last week.

• National gas average at $2.03 today, up 2 cents overnight, up 6 cents in the last week.

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Today’s average price at the pump

Gas prices jumped by a few cents across the board overnight.

AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for today’s average gas prices:

• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.14 today, up 4 cents overnight and up 7 cents in the last week.

• Pennsylvania gas average at $2.13 today, up 3 cents overnight and up 8 cents in the last week.

• National gas average at $2.03 today, up 2 cents overnight, up 6 cents in the last week.


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