Gas Prices

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For many, wading into Independence Day traffic is a necessary evil of the holiday. This year, Idaho is expected to reach a record high of travelers over the weekend, eclipsing the numbers from 2018.

 

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Finally some good news for Idaho gas prices: they’re going down.


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Boise State Public Radio's Wanna Know Idaho answers the questions you have about our state. Host Frankie Barnhill joins Idaho Matters to explain Idaho's high gas prices.

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Depending on where you live in Idaho, you might find that prices at your local gas station are 30-40 cents higher per gallon than in neighboring Wyoming and Montana. So...what’s up with that? 

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Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas discusses growth . . . Idaho gubernatorial candidates sound off . . . and we'll find out why the state's gas prices are so high . . . 

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Even if the weather doesn’t feel particularly springy, AAA Idaho says you only have to look at gas station signs to know what time of year it is. Prices at Gem State pumps rose by 16 cents per gallon in the last week – putting it on the list of 10 most expensive states for fuel.

Demand Up But Gas Prices Down As Idaho Enters Summer

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With summer just around the corner, peak motoring time is almost here and demand for gas is at record highs.

During the last full week of May, drivers nationwide used a collective 413 million gallons of fuel per day. Despite the record high demand for gas that week, Cars.com attributes an ample supply of crude oil and high output from refineries as a buffer against rising costs, so much so we’re entering the summer with prices the lowest they’ve been in over a decade.

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Memorial Day means holiday travel, and AAA Idaho says the number of trips in the state, and the country, are going up. Here's a preview of what to expect.

This Memorial Day weekend, more people will be traveling, especially driving. Some of the reasons are a lower unemployment rate, relatively low gas prices and the fact that the economic recession is in the rear-view mirror.

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Gas prices have been flat for a month, except in Idaho. The Gem State’s prices are up.

AAA Idaho says the state’s average price went up seven cents in February to $2.44 a gallon. The national average is $2.30 a gallon.

The price hike began when Plains All American Pipeline had to shut down its Wasatch gas pipeline. That cut off the supply of crude oil from Wyoming to Salt Lake City where it gets refined into gasoline. Without a pipeline, the oil is being sent by truck, which takes time and costs more.

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Going somewhere over the July 4 weekend? You are not alone. AAA Idaho says 215,000 Idahoans will be traveling over the holiday period.

AAA Idaho says Independence Day is typically the busiest summer travel holiday, thanks to summer vacations and kids out of school.

Around the country, 43 million Americans are expected to travel over the weekend. That’s five million more than Memorial Day. Idaho and other mountain states will see 3.2 million holiday trips.

Thanks to low gas prices, 173,000 Idahoans will take their car when they travel this weekend.

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The price at the pump is the lowest it has been in Idaho on this date since 2009. That's despite the cost of gas going up for more than a month.

Gas prices have risen for 36 of the past 41 days, says AAA Idaho. Despite that, Idaho's average price for a gallon of gas is just $2.07. It hasn't been that low on April 5 since 2009, when it hit $1.97 a gallon. In 2012, we were paying $3.78 for gas in early April.

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Cities are looking to spend extra cash left in their budget thanks to the drop in fuel prices in 2015.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Caldwell and Nampa saw major savings in their 2015 fuel budgets. In Nampa, the police department has had surplus funds in its fuel budget for the past three years.

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It took a while, but Idaho motorists are finally getting to save big at the pump. The average gallon of gas in the state costs $2.26, compared to $2.21 nationally.

Dave Carlson with AAA Idaho says prices have dropped especially in the last two months.

“Idaho is slow to react to other market factors," says Carlson. "Part of that makes sense because we’re isolated from any other competition. So it seems like we’re always slow – especially getting to the lower prices.”

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Gas prices in Idaho are falling fast, compared to the rest of the country. Idaho’s prices have dropped 30 cents in the last 30 days, while the U.S. average price has dropped just a nickel over the last month.

Triple A Idaho’s Dave Carlson says Idaho’s gas prices were well above where they should have been. A month ago, they were 46 cents higher than the national average.

Carlson says there are five refineries that serve the southwestern part of the state and they may not have been able to keep up with the need in this part of the country.

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In just the last few weeks, Treasure Valley gas prices have increased by nearly 75 cents. Low oil prices caused the cost of gas to drop to less than $1.80 per gallon late last year. Oil prices are still low, but now gas is at $2.53.

According to AAA, the last three months have been the longest stretch of declining gas prices they’ve ever recorded in the U.S.

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More people around the country, including in Idaho, will be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday this week. AAA projects that 4.2 percent more Americans will travel 50 miles or more this week compared to last year.

Dave Carlson, with AAA Idaho, says it will be a busy time on the roads and at the airport.

“We are expecting overall 237,000 Idahoans will be traveling," Carlson says. "That represents about 14 to 15 percent of the population and about 204,000 of those will be doing so by motor vehicle.”

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Gas prices are dropping in Idaho and around the nation. Following a regular trend, Idaho’s prices were higher this summer than the national average, but winter prices tend to be lower. One expert says there are several reasons why.

Idaho had the sixth highest gasoline price in the nation at certain times this year.

According to AAA, Americans will see the highest Fourth of July gas prices they've seen in the last six years.

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Grumbling about price is a perennial gas pump activity, but right now Idahoans really do have something to complain about. Idaho’s average gas price is at $3.62 per gallon. That’s 27 cents higher than the national average. Idaho's prices are also higher than they were this time last year, while most of the country has gone the opposite direction. Why the difference?

As drivers head out on Northwest highways this Labor Day weekend, gas prices are significantly lower than they were a year ago.

AAA says the price at the pump has fallen a nickel per gallon this past week alone in Oregon and Washington. That's the biggest one-week drop in the nation.

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Idaho motorists are paying some of the nation's highest prices when it comes to filling the gasoline tank.

AAA Idaho says the average price for a gallon of unleaded on Tuesday was $3.75. While that's down about five cents from a month ago, it's well above the national average of $3.48.

Compared to other states, Idaho has the 7th highest prices at the pump.

AAA Idaho Spokesman Dave Carlson says Idaho — like other western states — has not yet seen the summer price decline reported in many other markets.

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Imagine paying 84 cents per gallon for your commute, compared to today's statewide average of $3.80 in Idaho for a gallon of gas. 84 cents per gasoline gallon equivalent is how much the U.S. Department of Energy figures it costs to recharge an electric car in Idaho. The agency's assistant secretary David Danielson announced an online cost comparison calculator Tuesday for what he calls the "e-Gallon."

Idaho Gas Prices Creep Back Up But In Line With Region

Jan 28, 2013
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If you’ve noticed Idaho’s gas prices edging up in the past week, you’re not alone. After hitting a low of $2.94 earlier this month, AAA Idaho reports the average price per gallon is now $3.06. But even though the rise in prices may not be welcome, it's not surprising.

West Coast Gas Prices Higher Than Other Regions

May 28, 2012
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Gas prices nationwide have been dropping but not in the Northwest. In fact, this Memorial Day weekend, the region's gas prices are among the highest in the nation.

Gas in Washington and Oregon is selling above $4.20 per gallon. It's cheaper in Idaho. But all three states are well above the national average of $3.68 per gallon.

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