R.I. and Mass. gas prices up 2 cents this week

THE PRICE OF GASOLINE in Rhode Island and Massachusetts increased 2 cents this week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
THE PRICE OF GASOLINE in Rhode Island and Massachusetts increased 2 cents this week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island increased 2 cents this week to $2.89 per gallon, 4 cents above the national average of $2.85, according to AAA Northeast Monday.

“U.S. gasoline demand strengthened and supply declined over the last week, leading to slightly higher average prices both locally and across the country,” stated Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast senior vice president of public and government affairs. “If crude and gasoline inventories continue to tighten, prices at the pump will remain volatile throughout the Northeast.”

The price of regular gas ranged 30 cents in the Ocean State from $2.79 to $3.09 per gallon. Last year at this time, regular gas cost 61 cents less, at $2.28 per gallon.

  • The price of midgrade gas averaged $3.19 per gallon this week, ranging from $3.04 to $3.39 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3.36 this week, ranging from $3.24 to $3.49 per gallon
  • The average price of diesel fuel was $3.17 per gallon, ranging from $2.99 to $3.34 per gallon

The price of regular gas in Massachusetts was $2.82 per gallon this week, 3 cents lower than the national average. Prices ranged 38 cents, from $2.61 to $2.99 per gallon. Last year at this time, prices were 58 cents lower, at $2.24 per gallon.

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  • Midgrade gas in Massachusetts averaged $3.06 per gallon, ranging from $2.89 to $3.29 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3.24 per gallon, ranging from $2.99 to $3.49 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.16 per gallon, ranging from $2.99 to $3.39 per gallon