Jacksonville’s gas prices have been falling steadily for about the past month, but WOKV’s oil expert says he doesn’t expect the trend to continue for long.
“We usually see prices climbing as we get into April,” says Gregg Laskoski, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.
He says as we get closer to Memorial Day, price should continue to rise, especially as more refineries switch over to the more-expensive summer blend of gasoline.
“Getting into the summer, exactly how high prices will go, that’s difficult to say.”
Laskoski says that he and his colleagues originally predicted that Jacksonville’s gas prices will peak somewhere between $3.85 and $4.15 a gallon.
“I think that forecast is still reasonable,” Laskoski says. The good news: he expects the actual peak price will be closer to the lower end of that range.
Right now the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Jacksonville is $3.65, that’s down about 17 cents from a month ago. The national average is close to the same price.
Laskoski attributes the recent trickle down to crude oil trading more narrowly, as well as refinery numbers. The nation’s refineries are operating at about an 83 percent capacity, which is an increase of about 2 percent over the previous weeks. Laskoski calls it a “good sign.”
At the same time, he says Gulf Coast refineries have increased capacity by 2 percent more than a week ago.
“That, too, is good news for everybody in Florida,” Laskoski says.
WOKV will stay in touch with Gregg Laskoski throughout April to monitor the gas prices trend.
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