Spokeswoman Gail Weinholzer says crude oil prices are falling, stockpiles are rising and refineries have already made the change from summer to winter fuel blends.
“Everything is boding well as far as the switchover having been completed,” Weinholzer says, “demand being reasonably met by supply, the hurricane season is over in the Gulf (of Mexico).”
Prices may fall between ten and 15-cents a gallon before December is out, she says, and Nebraska’s current statewide average is $3.11 a gallon. Prices may remain at that level for much of the winter.
Weinholzer says, “Certainly, there’s no reason to expect prices to do any sort of significant increases between now and the early part of spring.” This isn’t anything out of the ordinary, she says, as gas prices typically reach a low for the year in mid-December.
“I would expect prices to remain relatively low, depending of course on the wild cards that we always talk about: the political situation in the Middle East and the overall world economy as far as the recovery from the recession.”
While Nebraska’s averaging $3.11 a gallon, that’s 15-cents cheaper than the national average.
Prices in Omaha are the lowest in the state, averaging $3 even, while North Platte has the highest prices at $3.22.