Sacramento-area gas prices fell significantly for a second consecutive week.
The average retail price of gasoline in the Sacramento area fell 7 cents, to $3.74 a gallon, over the past week, according to the latest report by national price tracker GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 area stations.
The latest decline comes on top of a drop of 8.2 cents the previous week.
Area prices are now 79.2 cents lower than one year ago and 3.6 cents per lower than a month ago.
At this time last year, a series of supply disruptions at key refineries throughout California was pushing gas prices to all-time highs and ultimately prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to call on the California Air Resources Board to allow refineries to switch early to making cheaper winter-grade fuel.
Nationally, the average price of gas fell 4.2 cents over the past week to $3.38 a gallon down 41.9 cents from a year ago and a decrease of 21.4 cents from last month.
The national (price drop) has been continuing for 34 consecutive days, said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. And the odds are very good that prices will continue to decline in most areas in the week ahead.
DeHaan cited relatively strong refinery production in the West and a lack of refinery-disrupting hurricanes in the East.
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