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AAA: Kentucky Gas Prices Steady; Nation Begins 2021 on a Lower Note at the Pump

AAA: Kentucky Gas Prices Steady; Nation Begins 2021 on a Lower Note at the Pump

Bill Stephens

January 5th, 2021

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Gas prices in West Central Kentucky held steady this week at $2.074, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average                             $2.074
Average price during the week of December 28, 2020                                    $2.070
Average price during the week of January 6, 2020                                         $2.366
 
Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: 

$2.141        Bowling Green
$1.990        Elizabethtown
$2.237        Louisville
$1.949        Owensboro
$2.055        Paducah

Trend Analysis:
While the national gas price average ($2.25) is nine cents more than last month, January gas prices are already 33 cents cheaper than this time last year. That is the largest year-over-year difference at the beginning of January since 2015.

Today’s average has remained unchanged for the past 12 days. This pump price stability is credited to consistent crude oil prices in late December, about $47-48/barrel, combined with low demand. U.S. gasoline demand, as recorded by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), was at the lowest level for the last week of December in 23 years (since 1998) – at 8.1 million b/d.

AAA expects demand to dwindle in coming weeks and gas prices to likely be cheaper, especially if crude oil holds at the current price point. How high or low gas prices will go in 2021 will largely depend on crude oil prices, supply and demand. AAA expects that as the Coronavirus vaccine becomes more widely available and if states loosen travel restrictions, Americans will begin to drive more which will lead to an impact at the pump.

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