Vermont Business Magazine Average retail gasoline prices in Vermont have risen 9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.80/gallon Thursday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of gas outlets in the state. Burlington-area prices have risen to an average of $2.88. The southern counties of the state having the lowest, with the cheapest prices in Windham County, with an average price per gallon of $2.70. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.79/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.In Vermont, prices are 36.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 17.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 17.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 38.8 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on April 23 in Burlington have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.45/g in 2017, $2.23/g in 2016, $2.56/g in 2015, $3.74/g in 2014 and $3.52/g in 2013.New Hampshire- $2.72/g, up 7 cents per gallon from last week and up 21 cents for the month and 38.9 cents from a year ago.”Gas price increases gripped 49 of the nation’s 50 states again last week as oil prices continued their upward move to new multi-year highs. In addition, government data highlighted a new record for gasoline demand was breached last week, and we’re not even into the summer driving season yet. The road ahead at the pump looks quite ominous if that demand number proves common in the coming weeks,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “With President Trump’s tweet last week targeting the price of oil, there may be additional scrutiny on oil prices in the coming weeks that bears monitoring. OPEC has been remarkably successful in better aligning supply to demand, draining the crude oil glut, and pushing oil prices to their highest since 2014. While refinery maintenance and the change to summer gasoline largely complete, oil prices remain one of the largest active drivers of gas prices now and likely in the weeks ahead. All signs point to some additional upward movement before prices peak and perhaps drop slightly around Memorial Day into the month of June- all certainly very contingent and subject to any changes from OPEC.”For LIVE fuel price averages, visit http://FuelInsights.GasBuddy.com(link is external).About GasBuddyGasBuddy is the technology company changing the way more than 75 million consumers find, purchase, and save money on gasoline. Founded in 2000, the original GasBuddy website was a pioneer in crowd-sourced information, leveraging technology, big data, and a passionate community that now connects more than 70 million users with real-time, accurate fuel pricing information as well as reliable reviews of gas station amenities and services. The app and website have the most accurate and real-time fuel prices at over 140,000 unique stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia and is the most comprehensive money-saving companion while on the road. GasBuddy is available on all mobile platforms.Source: 4.26.2018 www.gasbuddy.com(link is external).