The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose Tuesday to its highest amount since August 2015, increasing 1.6 cents to $3.822.
The average price has risen 15 consecutive days, increasing 15.4 cents, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
The average price is 11.5 cents more than one week ago, 16.4 cents higher than one month ago and 70.4 cents greater than one year ago. It has risen 67.2 cents since the start of the year.
The Orange County average price also rose to its highest amount since August 2015, increasing 2 cents to $3.781.
The Orange County average price has risen 14 consecutive days, increasing 17 cents. It is 12.3 cents more than one week ago, 18.1 cents higher than one month ago and 70 cents greater than one year ago. It has risen 66.5 cents since the start of the year.
The run of rising prices is the result of two Southern California refineries experiencing unplanned shutdowns, causing supply concerns, and an approximately 8 percent increase in the price of oil over the past month “over supply concerns resulting from the Iran sanctions and continuing falling production levels in Venezuela,” Marie Montgomery of the Automobile Club of Southern California told City News Service.