COLUMBIA (WACH)â?? A â??cause for concern,â?? are the words of GasBuddy.comâ??s Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski, citing the fact that the trend for the last 7 years the average peak for gas prices has been between $.93 and $1.31 per gallon over the average January 1 price.
Laskoski says that 2011 is a good example, when gas prices closed out 2010 with a national average of $3.05 a gallon, reaching a peak in 2011 of $3.96 per gallon.
GasBuddy.comâ??s Patrick DeHaan says that with the annual summertime rise in gas prices, if national prices donâ??t move closer to the $3 per gallon mark, gas could be over $4 per gallon by spring.
According to ColumbiaGasPrices.com, the average price of gas in Columbia on January 1 was $3.08 per gallon.
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2007:Start Price: $2.15/g on 1/1/2007Peak Price: $3.01/g on 5/21/2007Difference: 86.8 cents per gallon
2008:Start Price: $2.90/g on 1/1/2008Peak Price: $4.20/g on 9/14/2008Difference: 130.6 cents per gallon
2009:Start Price: $1.40/g on 1/1/2009Peak Price: $2.55/g on 6/13/2009Difference: 115.4 cents per gallon
2010:Start Price: $2.45/g on 1/1/2010Peak Price: $2.91/g on 12/29/2010Difference: 46.0 cents per gallon
2011:Start Price: $2.90/g on 1/1/2011Peak Price: $3.74/g on 5/5/2011Difference: 84.3 cents per gallon
DeHaan did point out that past performance is no indication of future prices.
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