Fuel Gas

By Gary Richards
grichards@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/11/2014 04:00:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/12/2014 05:09:15 AM PST

Spring is not too far away, and neither is $4-a-gallon gasoline in California.

Energy experts predict a 50-cent rise in prices over the next few weeks as supplies tighten — an annual event as refineries scale back production for maintenance, California converts to the more expensive summer blend of gasoline, more drivers hit the road and oil-exporting countries boost crude prices to around $100 a barrel.

But it’s the conversion to the summer fuel formula that is the biggest reason for rising prices.

“That always causes a spike in prices by mid-March,” said Cynthia Harris of AAA. “That will be happening.”

The statewide average hit $3.65 a gallon Tuesday in California, and $3.31 nationwide. Los Angeles has the most expensive gas among major cities in California at $3.72 a gallon, followed by San Francisco at $3.71. The Bay Area average is $3.63.

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