R.I. gas prices down 4 cents this week; Mass. gas down 3 cents

RHODE ISLAND GAS PRICES declined 4 cents this week to an average of $2.52 per gallon. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/AKOS STILLER
RHODE ISLAND GAS PRICES declined 4 cents this week to an average of $2.52 per gallon. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/AKOS STILLER

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island declined 4 cents this week to $2.52 per gallon, 9 cents above the national average of $2.43 per gallon, according to AAA Northeast Monday.

A year ago, prices in Rhode Island were 28 cents lower at $2.24 per gallon.

This week, prices for regular unleaded ranged 31 cents, from a low of $2.39 to a high of $2.70. Midgrade gasoline averaged $2.77 this week, ranging from $2.59 to $2.99 per gallon. Premium gasoline averaged $2.92 this week, ranging from $2.68 to $3.09 per gallon. Diesel fuel averaged $2.82 this week, ranging from $2.76 to $2.99 per gallon.

“More than 97 million Americans will be driving to this year’s holiday destinations, so lower prices here in the Northeast are a timely gift,” said Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast senior vice president of public and government affairs in a statement. “Increased gasoline supplies, coupled with weaker winter demand, have helped pushed prices lower.”

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In Massachusetts, regular unleaded gas prices declined 3 cents to $2.46 per gallon, 3 cents above the national average.

Regular gas in the Bay State ranged 52 cents from $2.27 to $2.79 per gallon. A year ago, at this time, prices for regular gasoline in Massachusetts were 26 cents lower at $2.20 per gallon.

Midgrade unleaded gasoline in Massachusetts averaged $2.72 per gallon this week, ranging from $2.52 to $2.99 per gallon. Premium unleaded in the Bay State averaged $2.89 this week, ranging from $2.67 to $3.25 per gallon. Diesel fuel in Massachusetts averaged $2.81 this week, ranging from $2.69 to $3.03 per gallon.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.