BOISE - According to AAA, recent winter weather has forced the shutdown of refineries across the Gulf Coast and Mid-West, with tighter fuel supplies triggering a double-digit spike in gas prices for two-thirds of the country. While prices continue to climb across the country, Idaho currently ranks 26th in the country for most expensive fuel, well below its usual ranking inside the top 10.
According to AAA, this week, the average price for regular fuel in Idaho went up five cents to $2.49, which is 19 cents more than a month ago and just three cents less than a year ago. Meanwhile, the national average jumped 13 cents in the last week to $2.64, which is 24 cents more than a month ago and 17 cents more than a year ago. The top three largest weekly increases were in Ohio (+22 cents), Arizona (+21 cents), and Iowa (+19 cents).
Some neighboring states on the West coast have fared even better, such as Wyoming (39th place), Montana (42nd place), and Utah (45th place). Even so, everything is relative, because gas prices are still rising everywhere based on the higher cost of crude oil.
“Idaho drivers have had to deal with a 20-cent price increase in the span of a month, but some drivers in other parts of the country have seen prices jump that high just in the last week,” says AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde. “But as conditions improve, the Mid-West and Rocky Mountain regions could easily trade places in the rankings in the coming weeks.”
According to a report from gasbuddy.com, fuel prices ranges in Idaho were as follows (per gallon):
- Boise - $2.58;
- Coeur d’Alene - $2.42;
- Franklin - $2.31;
- Idaho Falls - $2.34;
- Lewiston - $2.55;
- Pocatello - $2.35;
- Twin Falls - $2.44