AAA Northeast: Gas prices in R.I. fall 2 cents, rise 2 cents in Mass.

RHODE ISLAND regular gas prices decreased 2 cents this week to an average $2.90 per gallon, 4 cents above the national average. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
RHODE ISLAND regular gas prices decreased 2 cents this week to an average $2.90 per gallon, 4 cents above the national average. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

PROVIDENCE – The average cost for self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline has declined in Rhode Island this week but increased in Massachusetts, according to AAA Northeast on Monday.

AAA Northeast states prices in Rhode Island for regular unleaded averaged $2.90 per gallon, a 2 cent decline from the previous week. Rhode Island’s current average price is 4 cents above the national average of $2.86 and 67 cents higher than it was at this time last year when it cost an average of $2.23 to fill up in the Ocean State.

The range in prices for regular unleaded was 40 cents, between $2.69 per gallon to $3.09, AAA Northeast said.

  • Midgrade gas costs an average of $3.13 per gallon this week, ranging from $2.89 to $3.39.
  • Premium gas costs an average of $3.31 per gallon this week, ranging from $2.99 to $3.49.
  • Diesel fuel costs an average of $3.19 per gallon this week, ranging from $3.09 to $3.31.

In Massachusetts, gas prices for regular unleaded rose 2 cents this week to $2.86 per gallon, equal to the national average. But, a year ago at this time, gas prices in the Bay State were 69 cents lower at 2.17, according to AAA Northeast.

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Regular unleaded prices in Massachusetts ranged 27 cents, from $2.72 per gallon to $2.99.

  • Midgrade gas costs an average of $3.12 per gallon this week, ranging from $2.95 to $3.29.
  • Premium gas costs an average of $3.29 per gallon this week, ranging from $3.05 to $3.49.
  • Diesel fuel costs an average of $3.22 per gallon this week, ranging from $3.05 to $3.39.

Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast, said in a statement Monday that the demand for gasoline this summer has remained “strong” and prices at the pump have been “relatively stable.” Albert does advise motorists that hurricane season is underway and any storm-related supply issues could “translate into higher prices.”

James Bessette is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Research@PBN.com.

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