Fresno’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas dropped a penny to $2.82 in the past month, which followed California’s trend toward stabilization, according to the latest AAA gas price report.
Although California prices are still the highest in the country, AAA spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough said prices are staying more consistent.
“When you look at the cities, most of them have very slight differences,” she said. “I think California should always expect to remain on the higher end of the spectrum. If California isn’t the highest, it’s usually second after Hawaii.”
Fourth of July travel created more demand for gasoline, according to AAA, which boosted prices a few cents. Since last month, the average statewide price has gone up 2 cents.
To meet air quality standards, California requires refiners to make a special summer blend of gasoline that is cleaner burning than gas sold elsewhere in the country.