SALT LAKE CITY — Utah motorists continue to pay some of the highest fuel prices in the nation with just four states posting higher average prices, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.
The current average price in the Beehive State is $2.57 per gallon of regular gasoline. The national average is $2.31.
While Utah’s refineries are running smoothly, continued refinery issues in the region are blamed for keeping Utah’s prices high as product is moved to surrounding states, according to AAA Utah spokeswoman Rolyane Fairclough.
All of the Utah cities surveyed by AAA reported a double-digit decrease from last month with the exception of Moab, where prices dropped 7 cents. Despite the decrease, Moab still registered the highest average price at $2.76 per gallon, while Ogden reported the lowest average price at $2.40 a gallon.
Utah and Illinois registered the same per gallon average price this month, with only California at $2.91, Hawaii at $2.88, Nevada at $2.86, and Alaska at $2.73 with higher average prices. Surprisingly, Idaho’s average price this month of $2.51 per gallon is 30 cents less than a month ago and 6 cents lower than Utah for the same period. This is curious because Idaho has a 7.09 cent higher gasoline tax than Utah and, having no refineries, receives its fuel from Utah, Fairclough said.
The national average price registered at $2.31 per gallon — 89 cents lower than last year. For the second week in a row, AAA reported that retail averages were below $3 per gallon in every state. Two states are under the $2 mark: New Jersey at $1.99 and South Carolina at $1.97.