Nevada Gas Prices Climb 14 Cents in a Week

RENO, NV -- (KOLO) Nationally, gas prices are going down.  But here in Nevada, they're going up.  Drivers are noticing.  

A Wisconsin gas station accidentally sold gas for 28 cents a gallon and had customers flocking to the pumps. (Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0, License Link)

"Absolutely high.  It's ridiculous," says Joe Chaney, a Sparks resident who stopped to get gas in East Reno.  "It is what it is," says Joe Sheldon, who was getting gas in Reno.  "It's part of living in the United States... 

But it's more expensive to fill up here in Nevada than in most parts of the United States.  Nevada ranks third when it comes to gas prices in the country, according to AAA, which says the average price in the Silver State is now $3.44 for a gallon of regular unleaded.  In Reno, it's even higher at $3.65.  That's an increase of 37 cents in one month.  So what's going on? 

"This all kind of stems from refinery issues that have been going on in California for the last couple of weeks," says Sergio Avila, Spokesperson for AAA Nevada.  "Nevada gets the majority of its gasoline from California and so if they have refinery issues that slow down production, that's going to slow us down as well." 

Avila says prices should start to stabilize by the end of the week or next week as those refineries in California fix their maintenance issues and get up to full speed. 

"Within the last week, Nevada's gas prices have increased 14 cents. That's a lot if you think about it. These prices are somewhat rare for the time," says Avila.  "Typically, this time of year, when the summer driving season is over kids are heading back to school, this is typically when prices would start to go down a bit, but those refinery issues have really dwindled down the supply in our region and that's what's really at the heart of this price increase." 

Nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.65.