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Drivers paying more this month at pump in Nevada, U.S., AAA reports


Steve Marcus

Kurtis Keeler of Jamestown, N.Y., fills up at a gas station on Blue Diamond Road Thursday, April 14, 2011.

Gasoline prices inched upward an average of 3 cents a gallon in Nevada compared to what drivers paid in December, according to AAA’s monthly fuel gauge report.

The average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline stands at $3.31 in Nevada and across the United States, AAA said in a news release today. That’s up from the $3.28 average Nevada drivers paid in December and last month’s $3.26 average across the country.

Drivers who fill up in the Las Vegas Valley are enjoying the lowest average price in the Nevada. In North Las Vegas, the average price is $3.23 per gallon, up 4 cents from December, AAA said. The average price in both Las Vegas and Henderson is $3.24 – 3 cents higher than a month ago in Las Vegas but only a penny higher than a month ago in Henderson.

Sparks has the highest average price in Nevada, at $3.49 a gallon, up 3 cents from a month ago. Drivers in Elko are experiencing the biggest price drop in a month – 9 cents – but are paying $3.43 a gallon.

AAA said the price modifications were due to basic supply-and-demand issues.

“Extremely cold weather caused refinery issues in some areas and prices increased as a result,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Nevada spokesperson. “In other areas the cold weather decreased demand, which put downward pressure on prices.”

Hawaii reports the highest average price in the country, $4.02, and is the only state with an average price over $4. Connecticut has the highest price, $3.69, in the contiguous states. Missouri and Montana have the lowest average price, $3.02.

AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report surveys more than 100,000 self-serve stations surveyed every day, nationwide.

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