What’s going on with gas prices?

After rocketing up an average of about 55 cents in the past month -- more at some stations -- gas prices in Sonoma County appear to have leveled off and may even have peaked. Analysts say the price surge was driven by the annual switch by refineries from making winter [...]

By | February 27th, 2013|14 Comments

Wallet-sucking jump in gas prices not quite a record

The way gas prices are soaring here you might think it's been a record jump. Not quite. California's average price shot up 25.6 cents a gallon in the past week, from $4.031 to $4.287 on Sunday, according to AAA. But after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast in 2005,  the [...]

By | February 27th, 2012|3 Comments

State gas price at historic high

Bad news for drivers: The state's average price for regular gasoline is rolling along at record highs for this time of year. The average was $3.844 a gallon on Wednesday, down about a penny from Monday, according to AAA. That's more than 20 percent higher than the old record of [...]

By | October 26th, 2011|6 Comments

Turning roads into electricity

Your car might help give PG&E a run for its money if a Los Angeles assemblyman has his way. The Assembly on Wednesday passed 65-3 a bill by Democrat Mike Gatto to have the state Energy Commission research the possibility of turning roads and rail lines into mini-electric power plants [...]

By | June 2nd, 2011|6 Comments

Why gas prices go up faster than they come down

How gasoline prices are set at your local station is pretty complex, but after talking with the gas price expert at the state Energy Commission, here are the basics: The wholesale gas price that oil companies charge their franchisees is based on a benchmark price, which typically results from the [...]

By | April 5th, 2011|5 Comments