Will there be a near-term impact to falling gasoline prices?

Published 6:45 am Monday, April 13, 2020

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As expected, and for the seventh straight week, the national gas price per gallon average moved considerably lower, as well as gas prices in every state as retail prices continue to play catch up to the dramatic decline in market prices in recent weeks.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said the good news for consumers, contrary to popular belief, an OPEC deal over the weekend to cut oil production will not have a near-term impact on gasoline prices.

Texas gas prices have fallen 6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.63/g today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 stations.

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Gas prices in Texas are 36.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 91.8 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

“Establishing a floor on ultra-low oil prices will hopefully keep U.S. oil production online instead of bankrupting producers,” DeHaan said. “The aim is exactly that- keep production online- which will keep prices affordable going forward, instead of ultra-low prices shutting in oil production, leading to a slingshot in gas prices years from now.

“Going back to gas prices, I expect prices to continue moderating for now, as gasoline demand appears to remain near 50-year lows.”

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Texas is priced at $0.99/g today while the most expensive is $2.59/g, a difference of $1.60/g.

The lowest price in the state today is $0.99/g while the highest is $2.59/g, a difference of $1.60/g.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 7.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $1.83/g today.

The national average is down 42.3 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 100.3 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Historical gasoline prices in Texas and the national average going back ten years:
April 13, 2019: $2.55/g (U.S. Average: $2.83/g)
April 13, 2018: $2.46/g (U.S. Average: $2.70/g)
April 13, 2017: $2.25/g (U.S. Average: $2.41/g)
April 13, 2016: $1.87/g (U.S. Average: $2.08/g)
April 13, 2015: $2.21/g (U.S. Average: $2.39/g)
April 13, 2014: $3.46/g (U.S. Average: $3.64/g)
April 13, 2013: $3.42/g (U.S. Average: $3.53/g)
April 13, 2012: $3.81/g (U.S. Average: $3.89/g)
April 13, 2011: $3.74/g (U.S. Average: $3.81/g)
April 13, 2010: $2.75/g (U.S. Average: $2.84/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
• Midland Odessa – $1.78/g, down 6.9 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.85/g.
• San Antonio – $1.50/g, down 6.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.57/g.
• Austin – $1.56/g, down 7.0 cents per gallon from last week’s $1.63/g.