Nevada Gas Prices Spike

Gasoline prices in Nevada spiked an average 27 cents per gallon over the past month.

AAA Nevada says the statewide average for a gallon of self-serve unleaded is now $2.76. Nationally, gas prices jumped 31 cents to $2.54.

AAA spokesman Michael Geeser says the higher pump prices are linked to scheduled shut-downs and maintenance problems at West
Coast refineries as they switch from winter to summer blends of

But he adds that also could mean the worst of the summer price hikes are over, as prices generally level off after blends are reformulated.

He says a refinery fire in Texas also effected supplies throughout the West.

In Nevada, the most expensive gas is found in Reno and Sparks, where the average is $3.04. That's up roughly 35 cents per gallon.

Gas jumped 27 cents in Las Vegas to $2.66, and 34 cents in Carson City to $2.96.

The cheapest gas in Nevada is in Elko, where the average price
rose 7 cents to $2.49.

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