It may not seem like it, but Utah motorists are getting a break at the pump this spring when compared to the rest of the country.
The average price of gasoline in the Beehive State is the second lowest in the country at $3.32 per gallon, according to AAA Utah. Only Montana, at $3.29 per gallon, reported a lower average price than Utah.
Each of the Utah cities tracked by AAA reported decreases or single-digit increases this past month, with Logan’s average price remaining the same.
Pump prices decreased in Ogden — down 8 cent, with prices in Salt Lake City falling 5 cents and prices in Provo declining 4 cents during the month. Meanwhile, Utah cities with increases included Moab — up 1 cent, while Vernal saw a 2-cent rise and St. George experienced the largest increase at 5 cents per gallon.
“Additives are put into the gasoline to make it burn properly, to meet clean-air standards. The cost of those additives is passed on to the consumer,” said AAA Utah spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough. “Each spring, refiners must start producing their summer-blend gasoline by May 1, and that process is well underway.” (…)