R.I. gas prices up 4 cents, Mass. gas prices up 3 cents this week

RHODE ISLAND gas prices increased 4 cents this week to $2.40 per gallon. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/AKOS STILLER
RHODE ISLAND gas prices increased 4 cents this week to $2.40 per gallon. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/AKOS STILLER

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island increased 4 cents to $2.40 per gallon, 7 cents lower than the national average and 13 cents lower year over year, according to AAA Northeast Monday.

Prices in the Ocean State ranged 32 cents, from $2.27 to $2.59 per gallon.

  • Midgrade gas averaged $2.65 per gallon, ranging from $2.50 to $2.89 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $2.88 per gallon, ranging from $2.70 to $3.09 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.06 per gallon, ranging from $2.85 to $3.19 per gallon

“Increasing demand, fluctuating oil prices and decreasing supplies have combined to drive gas prices up across the country,” stated Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast senior vice president of public and government affairs. “Pump prices may continue to increase in coming weeks, but AAA does not expect this year’s high to be nearly as expensive as last year’s national peak price of $2.97.”

In Massachusetts, the average price of regular gas increased 3 cents to $2.39 per gallon, 8 cents lower than the national average and 11 cents lower than prices one year prior.

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Prices in the Bay State ranged 82 cents from $2.23 to $3.05 per gallon.

  • Midgrade gas averaged $2.62 per gallon, ranging from $2.40 to $2.99 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $2.84 per gallon, ranging from $2.59 to $3.29 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3 per gallon, ranging from $2.79 to $3.29 per gallon