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Gasoline prices in Utah expected to remain low this summer
Gasoline prices in Utah expected to remain low this summer

SALT LAKE CITY — Gasoline prices in Utah are now lower than the national average after falling more than 20 cents last month. Travel officials said that’s normal; in fact, the high prices of the past two years were unusual.

The current average price of gasoline in the state is about $3.43, a few cents less than the national average and nearly 60 cents less than the same period last year.

According to Julian Paredes of AAA, these prices appeared much lower because various problems had pushed up the price of gasoline in the country over the past two years.

“This year looks very different compared to the last two years,” said Paredes. “But actually, in my opinion, it looks quite normal.”

Paredes said one of the many problems related to rising gasoline prices in Utah is due to the outbreak of war in Ukraine, which has increased demand and disrupted refineries’ maintenance schedule.

Now refineries are back on track, which is one reason why prices have fallen nationwide over the past month.

Paredes said prices could fall or rise by a few cents, but should stay around $3.40 in Utah throughout the summer.

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