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U.S. Gas Prices for Columbus Day 2015

Gasoline_nozzle&pumpIt’s Columbus Day here in the U.S. and just as good of a reason as any to take a look at gas prices across the U.S.  Here are the most current prices in the U.S. for a gallon of gasoline:

Today                   $2.310

Yesterday               2.319

One Week Ago      2.292

One Month Ago      2.350

One Year Ago        3.199

Source: GasBuddy.com, 5:55 p.m. EDT

Here in Arizona, the average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.26, although some service stations in the Phoenix metropolitan area are reporting prices as low as $1.88 per gallon.

While prices are expected to continue to decline thru the end of the calendar year, today’s Fuel Gauge Report [Ref 1] from AAA states that the refinery maintenance season is nearing its peak. While national prices have been steady, pump prices in some regions have moved dramatically over this same period, largely due to fluctuations in supply and demand. Averages in the Midwest remain under pressure due to a growing list of both planned and unplanned maintenance for refineries located in the region.

Another development to watch is last Friday’s passage of a bill to repeal the oil export ban by the U.S. House of Representatives [Ref 2]. The bill has been sent to the U.S. Senate where its prospects are less certain. It is noted that a general ban on oil exports was imposed in 1975 amid the Arab oil embargo.

Until our next gas price check, happy motoring.


  1. Refinery Maintenance Sends Fuel Gas Prices Higher, AAA Fuel Gauge Report, October 12, 2015, http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/refinery-maintenance-sends-gas-prices-higher/
  2. The Top 9 Stories You Need To Know About Today In O&G, October 12, 2015, http://oilpro.com/post/19259/top-9-stories-you-need-to-know-today-og?utm_source=DailyNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_term=2015-10-12&utm_content=Article_7_txt

About Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.


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