BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge gas prices have fallen an average of 3.4 cents per gallon over the last week, despite prices still being higher than they were last month.
Current prices are an average of 23.5 cents per gallon higher than they were last month and 77.7 cents per gallon higher than last year’s average prices, according to GasBuddy’s analysis of 361 gas stations in Baton Rouge.
As of Monday, the cheapest Baton Rouge station charges $2.27 per gallon, while the most expensive station charges $2.89 per gallon.
The average price per gallon in Louisiana is $2.62 per gallon, and the national average cost per gallon is $2.84, which has fallen 2.7 cents per gallon in the last week, according to GasBuddy.
Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said that although prices have started to taper, they may increase again soon.
“After the feverish rise in gas prices to start the year, increases have largely tapered off and we’re now seeing decreasing prices in most areas of the country, thanks to oil prices that have moderated for the time being,” De Haan said.
But De Haan also said that refiners have switched to summer gasoline, and as the demand for gasoline continues to peak during the continued pandemic, increased summertime travel could drive up gas prices.
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