Despite ample supplies of gas, the price of regular unleaded continues to rise gradually in Tacoma and in the country.
The average price for a gallon of regular hit $2.259 in Tacoma today according to TacomaGasPrices.com. That’s 10 cents more per gallon than a week ago.
Nationwide, gas prices reached $2.03 a gallon today, up about 8 cents from a week ago.
But the good news is that that Tacoma area price is nearly $1.13 a gallon less than the same week last year.
The lowest price in the Tacoma area today was a Puyallup’s Costco store which was selling a gallon for $2.05.
Expect to see gasoline prices to rise through spring as refineries shut down capacity to modify their processes to produce summer-grade gasoline.
Energy analysts expect peak prices in late spring will be substantially below last summer’s $4.35 a gallon because of the recession and the reduced demand it brings.