Oregon is one of 13 states with a week-over-week decline

PORTLAND, Ore., – Gas prices are fairly steady even as Hurricane Beryl ravaged the Gulf Coast and made landfall in southeast Texas. While gas prices and crude oil prices didn’t see dramatic gains, this storm shows that hurricane season is off to an early start and could impact prices later this summer. For the week, the national average for regular ticks up two cents to $3.52. The Oregon average slips two cents to $4.03 a gallon.

National State Local Gas Prices 7-9-24

“We’ll likely continue to see small changes in gas prices in the short-term, barring unforeseen events. Hurricane season usually peaks in August and September, and a major storm can cause pump prices to spike if a storm impacts drilling and refining in the Gulf Coast,” says Marie Dodds, public affairs director for AAA Oregon/Idaho.

The national and Oregon averages are at the same prices as they were in March. This week, 16 Oregon counties have averages below $4 per gallon, same as a week ago:
Baker $3.87
Benton $3.78
Deschutes $3.87
Douglas $3.95
Gilliam $3.90
Jefferson $3.85
Lane $3.84
Linn $3.80
Lincoln $3.82
Malheur $3.84
Marion $3.96
Morrow $3.90
Polk $3.89
Sherman $3.93
Umatilla $3.87
Yamhill $3.95

The Oregon average began 2024 at $3.79 a gallon compared to $4.03 today. Its lowest price so far this year is $3.58 on February 14 and the highest is nearly $4.51 on May 1. The national average started the year at $3.11 and is at $3.52 today. Its lowest price so far this year is just under $3.07 on January 15 and the highest is just under $3.68 on April 19.

Gas prices are often fairly steady during the summer months, barring hurricanes, supply disruptions and/or geo-political events. Gas prices always rise starting in late winter through the spring as refineries undergo maintenance as the switch to summer-blend fuel occurs. The switch occurs first in California, which is why pump prices on the West Coast often rise before other parts of the country. The East Coast is the last major market to make the change to summer-blend fuel. Most areas have a May 1 compliance date for refiners and terminals, while most gas stations have a June 1 deadline to switch to selling summer-blend until June 1. Switch-over dates are earlier in California with some areas in the state requiring summer-blend fuel by April 1. Some refineries will begin maintenance and the switchover as early as February.

Crude oil prices remain in the low $80 per barrel range. Hurricane Beryl impacted facilities in the Houston area but didn’t have a significant impact on oil prices. Crude prices are impacted geopolitical events around the world including the war between Israel and Hamas, the war between Russia and Ukraine, and Houthi militant attacks in the Red Sea. In addition, production cuts by OPEC+ have tightened global crude oil supplies, which will continue to impact prices.

The price of crude oil reached the year-to-date high of nearly $87 per barrel on April 5. West Texas Intermediate climbed above $80 on March 14 and above $85 on April 2, then dipped below $85 starting on April 17 and below $80 again on May 1. WTI rose above $80 per barrel again on June 17 and has remained above $80 since then. Major drivers of elevated crude prices are the unrest in the Middle East, the decision by OPEC+ to keep oil production cuts in place, and Ukrainian attacks on Russian refineries. Russia is a top global oil producer and the refinery attacks have reduced output.

Crude prices have been volatile after the attack on Israel by Hamas in October. While Israel and the Palestinian territory are not oil producers, concerns remain that the conflict could spread in the Middle East, which could potentially impact crude production in other oil-producing nations in the region.

Crude oil is trading around $82 today compared to $83 a week ago and $73 a year ago. In 2023, West Texas Intermediate ranged between $63 and $95 per barrel. Crude reached recent highs of $123.70 on March 8, 2022, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and $122.11 per barrel on June 8, 2022. The all-time high for WTI crude oil is $147.27 in July 2008.

Crude oil is the main ingredient in gasoline and diesel, so pump prices are impacted by crude prices on the global markets. On average, about 54% of what we pay for in a gallon of gasoline is for the price of crude oil, 15% is refining, 18% distribution and marketing, and 14% are taxes, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Demand for gasoline in the U.S. surged ahead of the 4th of July from 8.96 million b/d to 9.42 million b/d for the week ending June 28, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). This compares to 9.60 million b/d a year ago. Meanwhile, total domestic gasoline stocks fell from 233.9 to 231.7 million barrels.

Increasing gasoline demand and decreasing supply may put upward pressure on pump prices, especially if crude oil prices rise.

Quick stats

Oregon is one of 13 states with lower prices now than a week ago. Ohio (-11 cents) as the largest week-over-week drop in the nation. North Carolina (+9 cents) has the largest weekly increase. The average in California is flat.

California ($4.79) has the most expensive gas in the nation for the 19th week in a row. This is the fifth week in a row that the California average has been below $5 per gallon. Hawaii ($4.69) is second, Washington ($4.29) is third, Nevada ($4.04) is fourth, and Oregon ($4.03) is fifth.  These are the five states with averages at or above $4 a gallon, same as a week ago. This week 44 states and the District of Columbia have averages in the $3-range. There is one state with averages in the $2 range this week.

The cheapest gas in the nation is in Mississippi ($2.99) and Louisiana ($3.07). No state has had an average below $2 a gallon since January 7, 2021, when Mississippi and Texas were below that threshold.

The difference between the most expensive and least expensive states is $1.79 this week, compared to $1.83 a week ago.

Oregon is one of 10 states with lower prices now than a month ago. The national average is seven cents more and the Oregon average is 13 cents less than a month ago. This is the fourth-largest month-over-month decline in the nation. Arizona (-17 cents) and California (-15 cents) have the largest monthly drops. Indiana (+24 cents) has the largest month-over-month increase.

Oregon is one of 34 states with lower prices now than a year ago. The national average is two cents less and the Oregon average is 59 cents less than a year ago. This is the second-largest year-over-year drop in the nation. Washington (-67 cents) has the largest yearly decrease. Indiana (+26 cents) has the largest year-over-year increase.

West Coast

The West Coast region continues to have the most expensive pump prices in the nation with six of the seven states in the top 10. It’s typical for the West Coast to have six or seven states in the top 10 as this region tends to consistently have fairly tight supplies, consuming about as much gasoline as is produced. In addition, this region is located relatively far from parts of the country where oil drilling, production and refining occurs, so transportation costs are higher. And environmental programs in this region add to the cost of production, storage and distribution.

RankRegionPrice on 7/9/2024
8District of Columbia$3.71
10New York$3.63

As mentioned above, California has the most expensive gas in the country for the 19th week in a row. Hawaii, Washington, Nevada, Oregon, and Alaska round out the top six. Arizona is 17th.  After seven weeks at fourth, Oregon slips to fifth most expensive.

Five of the seven states in the West Coast region are seeing small week-over-week declines: Arizona (-3 cents), Alaska (-3 cents), Oregon (-2 cents), Washington (-1 cent), and Hawaii (-1 cent). The average in California is flat. Nevada (+1 cent) is the only state in the region with a weekly increase.

The refinery utilization rate on the West Coast declined slightly from 87.9% to 87.1% for the week ending June 28. This rate has ranged between about 74% to 97% in the last year. The latest national refinery utilization rate increased from 92.2% to 93.5. The refinery utilization rate measures how much crude oil refineries are processing as a percentage of their maximum capacity. A low or declining rate can put upward pressure on pump prices, while a high or rising rate can put downward pressure on pump prices.

According to EIA’s latest weekly report, total gas stocks in the region dipped from 31.98 million bbl. to 31.86 million bbl.

A decrease in the refinery utilization rate and/or a low rate can put upward pressure on pump prices, and a decrease in gasoline stocks can also put upward pressure on pump prices.

Oil market dynamics

Crude oil prices are down to start this week, as Hurricane Beryl did less damage to oil infrastructure in the Gulf Coast than had been feared. Beryl made landfall near Matagorda, Texas, which is about 150 miles east of Corpus Christi, a major crude export facility. While some operations were shut down ahead of the storm, most are now back in operation or will be shortly. The situation in the Middle East continues to keep crude oil prices volatile. Meanwhile, the EIA reports that crude oil inventories decreased by 12.2 million barrels from the previous week. At 448.5 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are 4% below the five-year average for this time of year.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session, WTI lost 72 cents to settle at $83.16. At the close of Monday’s formal trading session, WTI fell 83 cents to settle at $82.33. Today crude is trading around $82 compared to $83 a week ago. Crude prices are about $9 more than a year ago.

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National Gas Price Comparison 7-9-24


For the week, the national average rises four cents to $3.87 a gallon. The record high is $5.816 set on June 19, 2022. The Oregon average adds one cent to $4.10. The record high is $6.47 set on July 3, 2022. A year ago the national average for diesel was $3.85 and the Oregon average was $4.42.

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