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Illinois Gas Price Drops Below $3.00 for the First Time Since December 2010

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November 17, 2014
Longest Consecutive Streak to End with U.S. Drivers Saving at Least $250 Million per Day on Gasoline
Aurora, Ill. (November 14, 2014) – The Illinois average price of gas today dropped below $3.00 per gallon for the first time since Dec.4, 2010, ending its longest streak ever above that price, according to AAA. AAA estimates that lower gas prices are helping U.S. consumers save at least $250 million per day on gasoline compared to early summer when the national average reached $3.68 per gallon.
 
“Consumers are experiencing ‘sticker delight’ as gas prices dropped below $3.00 in much of Illinois,” said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. “Lower gas prices are a boon to the economy just in time for holiday travel and shopping.”
 
AAA anticipates gasoline prices may continue to drop in the near term, but it is possible that prices in many areas will begin to stabilize soon. Unless there are unexpected developments, gasoline should remain relatively inexpensive this winter due to lower demand and typical seasonal trends. By spring, higher gas prices may return due to refinery maintenance, increased demand and a return to summer-blend gasoline.
 
“Paying less than $3.00 for gas is a welcome holiday gift that may not last nearly as long as many would hope,” continued Mosher. “It is possible that lower gas prices will soon be a faded memory, so enjoy it while you can. The days of paying more than $3.00 per gallon for gas have regrettably not gone away.”
 
Gas prices typically decline in the autumn due to decreased driving and the switchover to winter-blend gasoline, but prices have fallen faster than many expected this year due to sharply lower crude oil prices. The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil has dropped more than $20 per barrel since late June due to strong production and concerns about the global economy, particularly in Europe and Asia. There also are reports that some OPEC nations, such as Saudi Arabia, would be willing to let prices fall to maintain a competitive market share.
 
Crude oil is the main cost associated with gasoline and represents about two-thirds of the price of a gallon of gas. It is estimated that every ten dollar per barrel change in the price of crude oil results in a 25-cent change in the price of a gallon of gasoline.
 
October monthly averages across the region:  
 
  • In Cook County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.52, which is down $.27 from last month and $.11 lower than last year’s price-per-gallon.
  • In DuPage County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.28 per gallon, which is a $.35 decrease from September and down $.19 from last year.
  • In Kane County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.24 per gallon, which is down $.04 compared to last month and $.01 lower than October 2013’s price.
  • In Lake County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.62 per gallon, which is $.36 lower than last month and $.20 lower than last year’s price.
  • In McHenry County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.27 per gallon, which is $.33 lower than last month’s average and $.16 lower than October 2013’s price.
  • In Will County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.23 per gallon, which is $.36 lower compared to last month and $.20 lower compared to last year.
  • In Champaign County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.16 per gallon, a decrease of $.30 from September and $.10 lower than last year.
  • In McLean County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.11 per gallon, which is $.26 lower than last month and $.17 lower than last year.
  • In Peoria County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.10 per gallon, which is down $.24 compared to last month and down $.26 from October 2013.
  • In Sangamon County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.04 per gallon, which is $.29 lower than last month and $.24 lower than last year.
  • In Winnebago County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.16 per gallon, a decrease of $.29 from September and $.17 lower than October 2013.
  • In Allen County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.11 per gallon, which is $.31 lower than last month and $.22 lower than October 2013’s price.
  • In Lake County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.12 per gallon, which is down $.35 from September’s average and is a $.19 decrease from a year ago.
  • In Porter County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.10 per gallon, which is $.38 lower than last month and $.17 lower than last year.
  • In St. Joseph County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.10 per gallon, which is $.27 lower compared to last month and $.30 lower than last year.
 
 
Fuel prices are posted on-line at www.fuelgaugereport.com, which updates prices daily for unleaded, diesel and E85 blends of fuel.
 
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