Arizona Pump Prices Climb to Three-Month High


Phoenix, Sept. 13, 2012. Across the state and country, the price of fuel is continuing to rise to historic September highs. This week, the statewide average rose 2.6 cents to $3.725 per gallon, while the national average gained 4.6 cents to $3.869 per gallon. Over the past month, the price of fuel has increased nearly 35 cents and 17 cents state and nationwide, respectively.


A variety of factors are currently influencing the price of retail gasoline in conflicting directions.  Continued sluggish economic news, including slow U.S. job growth, is providing downward pressure on prices, while tight supplies and talk of the Fed injecting money into the economy have applied upward pressure. Another factor keeping prices up is the cost of crude oil. The commodity is entering its sixth consecutive week at more than $90 a barrel.


 “Many motorists were anticipating that September would bring an end to this six-week  price surge,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “However, due to current market factors and volatility, Arizonans are going to have to wait a little bit longer for relief to arrive.”


Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.617 and $3.869 per gallon, respectively. Mississippi and California hold the low and high price extremes for the lower 48 states at $3.614 and $4.163 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.