LOS ANGELES — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose 2.7 cents Saturday to $4.052, one day after rising 4.8 cents to pass the $4 mark for the first time since Aug. 3, 2015.
The average price has risen 34 consecutive days, rising 69.3 cents, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 22.5 cents more than one week ago, 68.6 cents higher than one month ago and 45.7 cents greater than one year ago.
The recent sharp increases are the result of a series of refinery issues that have reduced supply, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.
“Out of the 10 major refineries in California, six are dealing with planned maintenance, unplanned breakdowns or both, and four of those refineries are in Southern California,” Spring said.
“(Wednesday’s) report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicated that Los Angeles gasoline inventories dropped by about two million barrels, and a source reported to Oil Price Information Service that Southern California received no imported gasoline in the last week.”