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AAA: Michigan Gas Prices Continue Upward Spike

Michigan Business Network
February 8, 2021 7:00 AM

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The Michigan state average of $2.50 is highest since January 2020 

DEARBORN, Mich., (February 8, 2021) - Gas prices in Michigan continued their upward spike, increasing 11 cents from last week. Michigan drivers are now paying an average of $2.50 per gallon for regular unleaded, which is the highest price seen since January of 2020. This price is 32 cents more than this time last month and 12 cents more than this time last year.

Motorists are paying an average of $38 for a full 15-gallon tank of gasoline; a discount of $1 from when prices were their highest last January.

Pump prices increased last week, while gas demand decreased slightly from 7.83 million b/d to 7.78 the prior week, according to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In addition, total domestic gasoline supplies increased by 4.5 million bbl to 252.2 million bbl and total crude utilization across domestic refineries took a small step forward from 81.7 percent to 82.3 percent.

At the close of Thursday’s formal trading session, WTI increased by 54 cents to settle at $56.23, which is the highest settlement price of the year. Crude prices rose last week after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its production reduction agreement partners met to review compliance with their agreement to collectively reduce their crude production by 7.2 million b/d. The group decided to hold the cuts steady and expects output to remain low this year, since demand is forecasted to be lower than expected throughout 2021 due to ongoing crude demand concerns as the pandemic continues to keep travel restrictions in place. Crude prices have also been bolstered by EIA’s latest report showing that total domestic crude inventories dropped by 1 million bbl. The current level now sits at 475.7 million bbl.

"An increase in crude utilization and increasing crude prices have contributed to higher pump prices," said Adrienne Woodland, spokesperson, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "It's likely that drivers will see this trend continue through the month of February."

Compared to last week, Metro Detroit’s average daily gas price increased. Metro Detroit’s current average is $2.46 per gallon, about 7 cents more than last week’s average and 5 cents more than this same time last year.

Click here to view AAA's state and metro gas averages

  • Most expensive gas price averages:  Jackson ($2.54), Saginaw ($2.54), Grand Rapids ($2.54) 
  • Least expensive gas price averages:  Traverse City ($2.32), Metro Detroit ($2.46), Ann Arbor ($2.47)

Find Local Gas Prices

  • Daily national, state, and metro gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com 
  • Motorists can find the lowest gas prices on their smartphone or tablet with the free AAA Mobile app. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance.

                            CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES

                                       Regular Unleaded Gasoline

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago 2020 Low 2020 High Record High
National  $2.46  $2.46 $2.42 $2.29 $2.45 $1.77 (Apr. 29) $2.60 (Jan. 9) $4.11 (July 2008)
Michigan $2.50 $2.50 $2.39 $2.18 $2.38 $1.41 (Apr. 28) $2.63 (Jan. 9) $4.26 (May 2011)
Detroit $2.46 $2.46 $2.39 $2.20 $2.41 $1.42 (Apr. 28) $2.62 (Jan. 9) $4.24 (May 2011)
Click here to view current gasoline price averages

Gas Price Survey Methodology

Every day up to 130,000 stations in the nation and more than 4,200 stations in Michigan are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline. 

AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com.

About AAA - The Auto Club Group
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.5 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America with more than 14 million members across 14 U.S. states, the province of Quebec and two U.S. territories. ACG and its affiliates provide members with roadside assistance, insurance products, banking and financial services, travel offerings and more. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 60 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA’s mission is to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve traffic safety. For more information, get the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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