R.I., Mass. gas prices drop 5 cents this week

THE AVERAGE PRICE of regular gas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts declined 5 cents this week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/PAUL THOMAS
THE AVERAGE PRICE of regular gas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts declined 5 cents this week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/PAUL THOMAS

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island declined 5 cents this week to $2.59 per gallon, 14 cents higher than the national average of $2.45 per gallon, and level with prices one year prior, according to AAA Northeast Monday.

Prices in Rhode Island ranged 52 cents, from $2.33 to $2.85 per gallon.

“Trends are indicating December might bring some of the cheapest gas prices of the year,” stated Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast senior vice president of public and government affairs. “As long as U.S. gasoline demand remains low and supplies plentiful, motorists can expect to save at the pump as long as the price of crude oil doesn’t spike.”

  • Midgrade gas averaged $2.82 per gallon this week, ranging from $2.59 to $2.98 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3 per gallon, ranging from $2.79 to $3.29 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.21 per gallon, ranging from $2.99 to $3.60 per gallon

In Massachusetts, regular gas prices declined 5 cents to $2.64 per gallon, 19 cents higher than the national average and 16 cents higher year over year.

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Prices in the Bay State ranged 65 cents, from $2.40 to $3.05 per gallon.

  • Midgrade gas averaged $2.97, ranging from $2.79 to $3.19 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3.12, ranging from $2.83 to $3.39 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.15, ranging from $2.94 to $3.39 per gallon