Arizona Among States Least Affected by Refinery Woes

Infographic: Map of U.S. Fuel Prices Month over Month July to August


Phoenix, Aug. 16, 2012. For the second straight week, fuel prices across the state and country continued to climb.  In Arizona, the statewide average increased 9.7 cents to $3.414 per gallon. Nationally, pump prices increased 4.8 cents to $3.71 per gallon.


Crude prices closed at $95 today, the highest settle since mid-May. And, for the last month, pump prices have jumped. In large part, this can be attributed to problems at domestic refineries – the most recent being last week’s fire at a California refinery which sent West Coast fuel prices soaring. While some states have experienced up to a 40-cent increase, Arizona is one of only five states that recorded a retail change of zero to 10 cents In fact, Arizona briefly held the lowest price in the nation earlier this week.


“Despite gaining nearly a dime over last week, Arizona is currently in a better fuel price position compared to many parts of the country,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “Though wholesale prices have begun to calm down, prices will likely remain tight until Labor Day is behind us, barring unforeseen circumstances.”


Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.297 and $3.587 per gallon, respectively. South Carolina and California holds the lowest and highest prices in the lower 48 states at $3.411 and $4.111 per gallon, respectively.



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*E85 MPG/BTU adjusted price







Motorists can have a chance at fueling their gas budgets for free by entering the AAA Insurance gas sweepstakes. By requesting a no-obligation insurance quote, participants will be entered to win a year’s supply of gas. Each contestant will also be entered to win a $500 gas card. Get your auto insurance quote online, visit your nearest AAA office, or call toll-free 1-866-298-1232 by Sept. 15 for a chance to win.


As an advocacy organization representing the motoring public, AAA offers a variety of free resources to help motorists keep fuel budgets in check, including: 

*The BTU-adjusted price of E-85 is the nationwide average price of E-85 adjusted to reflect the lower energy content as expressed in British Thermal Units. The BTU-adjusted price is calculated and displayed as part of AAA's Fuel Gauge Report because according to the Energy Information Administration, E-85 delivers about 25 percent fewer BTUs by volume than conventional gasoline. Because "flexible fuel" vehicles can operate on conventional fuel and E-85, the BTU-adjusted price of E-85 is essential to understanding the cost implications of each fuel choice for consumers.

AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report includes data from gasoline stations in every Arizona community. Local prices in some communities might be higher or lower than the averages shown here. This service is updated daily by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) with average national, state and local prices for gasoline, diesel and E-85. Every day, more than 100,000 stations are surveyed in cooperation with Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability.