For reasons not immediately known, Baldwin County had the third-cheapest gas in the state of Georgia earlier this week, according to a survey of retailers on gasbuddy.com
Out of the 159 counties in the state, only Dade and Whitfield counties in far northwest Georgia had cheaper gas than Baldwin ($1.359), as of press time earlier this week.
In terms of the cheapest individual gas stations, a gas war apparently broke out at some point over the weekend in northeast Gwinnett County, and two stations were selling regular unleaded for $1.099 per gallon and four more for $.1.129 per gallon.
Statewide, the average gallon of regular unleaded was right around $1.60, according to gas buddy. At this time last year, the price was hovering around $2.65, while the nationwide average was closer to $2.90.
Conversely, the cost of diesel hasn’t experienced the same precipitous drop. Diesel fuel was a full 90 cents more than regular unleaded in Georgia as of press time earlier this week, according to AAA. One federal government agency attributed this to increased demands on “the long-haul trucking industry.”
“Diesel fuel prices only see minor decreases during the forecast period as increased demand for diesel fuel to meet expected near-term increases in long haul trucking and last-mile delivery activity,” wrote the Energy Information Administration in its recent Short-Term Energy Outlook. The agency also predicted that regular unleaded gasoline will continue to set 20-year lows through April, May and June before beginning to rebound later in the summer.