Arizona Gas Prices Tighten Despite Continued Slide Nationwide

Phoenix, Ariz., May 17, 2012. The price of fuel is moving in conflicting directions as Memorial Day weekend approaches. Statewide, motorists are paying an average of $3.796 per gallon, a slight drop of 0.2 cents from last week. Nationwide, drivers are paying an average of $3.722, a drop of 1.7 cents from last week.

This week, the direction of fuel prices tightened or reversed course in several states, including Arizona. This is a result of recent West Coast refinery trouble, which caused a spike in wholesale pricing last week.  

“While wholesale markets have started to settle down this week, Arizona pump prices may continue to tighten as Memorial Day weekend nears,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “However, this is not likely to deter holiday road trips. In fact, almost nine in 10 – or more than 620,000 – Arizonans plan to take to the road next week.”

Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.656 and $3.912respectively. South Carolina and California hold the low and high price extremes for the lower 48 states at $3.401 and $4.36, respectively. 


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*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 approximately 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.