CHARLOTTE – Gas prices are on the rise in the Carolinas and across the country, according to AAA.
The Charlotte average was $2.03 on Jan. 20, $2.09 on Feb. 13 and $2.21 on Feb. 20. The rise was also noticeable in Fayetteville, Greensboro, Hickory and Raleigh.
“Oil and wholesale gasoline prices have surged and that’s driving prices higher at the pump,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “OPEC is fulfilling its promise to cut production and there have been reports of refinery problems in the Northeast. Supply will most likely continue to tighten and keep gas prices higher through the end of the month.”
Another key factor was refineries entering maintenance season, Wright added.
Twenty-eight states saw gas price averages increase by at least a nickel this past week week, pushing the national average to $2.36 – the largest one-week increase seen at the national level this year.