Sept. 24–After briefly starting the week off more in line with the national average, GasBuddy’s head petroleum analyst reports Michigan’s gas prices could spike to $3.09 per gallon by the end of the day Monday, Sept. 24.
As it currently stands, AAA Michigan reports that the average cost for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline sits at about $2.88. Michigan is one of 32 states to start the week off with cheaper gas, and also enjoyed the third largest week-over-week change.
The decrease represents about a 5 cent decrease from last week’s average, and a 46 cent increase when compared to prices this time last year in the Great Lakes State.
The U.S. national average is currently $2.85 per gallon as of Monday morning but that crude oil prices have been on the rise in recent weeks, according to the auto club.
AAA reports in a news release that the high and increasing gas prices in the Great Lakes is due to “planned and unplanned” maintenance at six refineries in the region. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports current inventories in the Great Lakes and Central regions is 52.3 billion, which is the lowest since Memorial Day Weekend.
“Crude oil prices pushed past $70/bbl for three days last week,” Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson, said in the Monday morning release.
“If they trend above this level for a sustained amount of time, we could see a trend reversal in pump prices meaning it may cost more to fill-up as we get closer to the end of the year.”
As for Michigan, its Upper Peninsula is experiencing a widespread increase as every county north of the Mackinac Bridge beside Delta is reporting average prices of at least $3 per gallon.
West and Central Lower Michigan still sit in the $2.80 to $2.85 per gallon range as of Monday morning while the rest of the state creeps back toward the $3 mark.
GasBuddy reports on its website the cheapest gas in the state can be found in East Lansing at the Costco and Sam’s Club for $2.54 per gallon, and at the Murphy USA and Admiral station in Greenville for $2.56 per gallon.
The Dearborn-based auto club surveys 2,800 gas stations in Michigan each week. See below for a full rundown and statewide map of average gas prices across the state:
–Ann Arbor: $2.93
–Benton Harbor: $2.86
–Metro Detroit: $2.92
–Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland: $2.80
–Lansing-East Lansing: $2.81
–Saginaw-Bay City-Midland: $2.87
–Traverse City: $2.73
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