National gas prices sputter; Connecticut prices hold steady

As Connecticut average gas prices continue to drop, the national average has bumped up $.04 cents since last week.

Today (February 28) the national price of a gallon of gas averages $1.75, $.06 cents lower than last month and 65 cents lower than last year; but compared to last week, prices inched up $.04 cents.

In Connecticut where prices continue to drop, today’s average of $1.86 is $.13 cents lower than last month; and $.59 cents lower than last year. Compared to last week, however, today’s price hasn’t moved.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in the Nutmeg State’s four regional areas as follows:

  • Greater Bridgeport/Stamford $1.98

  • New Haven/Meriden $1.84

  • Greater Hartford $1.82

  • New London/Norwich $1.82

  • Statewide average: $1.86

National prices are increasing because refinery maintenance is underway. Some facilities are offline and aren’t contributing to production. Despite these actions, abundant gasoline supplies remain and lower crude oil prices prevail. Together they are keeping prices lower when compared to last year.

Today, only four states — Hawaii ($2.56); California ($2.39), Alaska ($2.20), and Washington State ($2.03) — register average gas prices above the $2 mark. Arizona has the nation’s lowest price at $1.52. Tennessee and South Carolina come in second both at $1.53. Connecticut continues to hold 10th place as the highest average prices in the nation.

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 61 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey providing more than 5.1 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.