The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose 1.8 cents Saturday to $2.943, its highest amount since last July.
The average price has risen 15 consecutive days and is 4.7 cents more than one week ago, 6.8 cents higher than one month ago and 34.9 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
The Orange County average price increased 1.9 cents Saturday to $2.95 and is also at its highest since last July.
The Orange County average price is 5.3 cents more than one week ago, 8 cents higher than one month ago and 36.2 cents greater than one year ago.
“Refineries that produce California gasoline are scheduling their routine maintenance at this time of year, which can reduce supply and increase prices,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.
“It remains to be seen if we will get any more price reductions before most Southern California gas stations must start selling the summer blend of gasoline on April 1 to comply with state air quality requirements.”
The summer blend is more expensive to produce.
—City News Service
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