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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 gas to more expensive-to-produce-but-cleaner summer gas and by some refineries reducing production to do maintenance. AAA reported Wednesday that the average price for regular gas in Santa Rosa was $4.169,… Read More »

Santa Rosa gas price finally drops, barely

The days of record high gas prices in Santa Rosa appear to be over. Let’s hope. AAA reported Wednesday that the average price for regular in the Santa Rosa area had dropped less than a penny to $4.642 from the record $4.65 reported the day before. Just a week ago it had been $4.251 and a month ago it had been $4.187. Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.com, said he expects prices in Santa Rosa and across California… Read More »

Gas prices may be at record high in Santa Rosa

Sonoma County drivers very likely may be paying record high prices for gas. AAA on Friday reported that its price survey on Thursday showed the average price for regular in the Santa Rosa area was $4.513 a gallon — just 4 cents shy of the record of $4.55 set on June 19, 2008. With many stations having raised their prices since Thursday, it seems reasonable that the average has gone over $4.55. For example, Costco in Santa Rosa was $4.27… Read More »

Why gas prices suddenly are shooting up

A week ago, Santa Rosa’s average price for regular gasoline was $4.15 a gallon,  AAA said. On Monday, it was $4.195. Yesterday, it was $4.25. What’s going on? Refinery problems and market jitters are to blame, says Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analysts with gasbuddy.com. And prices may keep climbing for at least a couple of weeks, he warns. Bloomberg News Service reported that Exxon Mobile’s 150,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Torrance near Los Angeles lost power on Monday; Chevron’s Richmond refinery is… Read More »

Gas now cheaper than a year ago

The average price of gas in Santa Rosa keeps on sinking and now it’s lower than a year ago. AAA reports that the average price for regular gas fell to $3.818 a gallon on Tuesday, down about 2 cents from the day before ($3.837), down about 16 cents from a week ago ($3.974), down about 45 cents from a month ago ($4.267) and down about 4 cents from a year ago ($3.856). Santa Rosa’s average fell to less than $4… Read More »

Local gas price average again less than $4

The average price of a regular gallon of gas has dropped to less than $4 in Santa Rosa, and an analyst expects it’ll continue to inch down for the next few weeks. According to AAA, the average fell to $3.993 on Sunday, down almost a penny from the day before ($4.004), about 13 cents from a week ago ($4.127) and about 34.5 cents from a month ago ($4.339).  But it’s 4.3 cents more than a year ago ($3.95). And checking… Read More »

Gas price hike may be temporary

Problems at several California oil refineries have choked the supply of gasoline, again driving up prices, but an expert expects the higher cost to be temporary. Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.com, said gas inventories in California are almost at a 20-year low because of the refineries’ drop in production. That has driven up prices. A month ago, the average cost for a gallon of regular in Santa Rosa was $4.235. It fell to $4.19 a week ago, but… Read More »