Oregon Fuel Price Variance
Fuel Market News
Despite predictions of the market “bottoming out” concerning price variances, the wholesale market continued to drop this week, experiencing a simultaneous decrease of $0.10 for diesel and gasoline. Winter storms across multiple regions along with post-holiday travel declines are some of the largest contributions to the current decreased demand for fuel. “The drop in demand along with an increase in gasoline supplies is leading to decreases at the pumps,” says AAA public affairs director. We will likely begin to see an increased price for diesel over the coming months into March.
Crude oil is trading below $75 for the fourth straight week at a current price of $72.74/barrel. $1.20 higher than it was last week, as oil prices trended upward for the first time in weeks.
Crude oil is the main ingredient for gasoline and diesel. Per AAA, on average about 50% of what you pay at the pump is the price of crude oil, breaking down as 25% refining, 11% distribution & marketing, and 14% taxes—a helpful breakdown for consumers wondering why they are paying the prices that they pay. Crude Oil is trading around $72 per barrel compared to $74 last week and $91 a year ago.
It’s essential to recognize that fuel prices result from a complex interplay of the factors mentioned above in addition to other factors regionally. Additionally, prices may vary by specific regions within Oregon and Washington. For the most precise and up-to-date information on fuel prices and the causes for these price changes within your area, it is advisable to consult local news outlets, government energy agencies, or industry reports.