Expect higher prices at the pumps throughout 2017, AAA warns

Motorists locally and nationwide are seeing either no change at the gas pumps or a slight decrease from last week — but it's still up considerably from one year ago, and the respite is not expected to last.

According to AAA Western and Central New York, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is now $2.31 per gallon, down 3 cents from last week, but up 47 cents from one year ago. The New York state average is $2.52 per gallon, down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.11.

In Canandaigua, the cheapest unleaded gas prices reported to GasBuddy.Com on Monday were at the Valero on South Main Street near Parrish Street and the Mobil at Lakeshore Drive and East Lake Road, both of which had gas at $2.34 per gallon.

New York was on the list of 10 most expensive markets in the U.S. over the past week, despite the steady to downward movement of pump prices across much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

The slight decrease in retail prices may only be temporary, warns AAA: With the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cutting production, gas is expected to cost more in 2017.

OPIS (Oil Price Information Service) warns drivers to prepare for an increase this spring, in April and May, as refineries will flush the old gasoline out and replace it with new summer blend gasoline, which could mean higher prices for travelers. 


Closer to home

AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY) reports the following averages:

• Buffalo — $2.47, no change

• Rochester — $2.46, down 1 cent

• Rome — $2.45, down 2 cents

• Syracuse — $2.40, down 3 cents