If you were hoping to fill up your family’s station wagon or SUV for less than $2 per gallon in Nevada, you’re out of luck.
Nevada motorists are paying some of the highest gas prices in the country, with a current average of $2.86, according to the latest AAA Fuel Gauge Report.
The report blamed the higher prices in Nevada on refinery disruptions in California as petroleum is moved to offset demand.
“One of the reasons that Nevada prices are high… is the state’s fuel market is closely connected to Southern California and that’s a region that has the highest prices in the nation for much of the year due to record high demand and a major refinery problem,” Bob Brown with AAA told KNPR's State of Nevada.
And California has cleaner-burning fuel standards, which makes gas prices their more expensive.
He also said Nevada has one of the highest gas taxes in the West, which adds to the price at the pump.
There is some good news, Nevada’s current price is down 21 cents from a month ago and down 55 cents from a year ago.
All of the Nevada cities surveyed by AAA report double-digit decreases from last month and average prices below $3.00 per gallon.
The least expensive fuel can be found in Carson City at $2.54 per gallon. The most expensive is in Henderson where the average price is $2.94.
Here is a look at the average price per gallon and their monthly change in cities surveyed by AAA.
|North Las Vegas||$2.93||-.23|
Brown says as more electric vehicles, hybrids and other alternative fuel vehicles enter the market demand for gas will fall along with the price.
“I think as you see more of those come online, you’ll see demand continue to drop and that’s going to drive down the dollar per gallon,” he said.
Bob Brown, vice president communication and community affairs, AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah
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