The US Energy Information Agency has released its new short-term energy prospects for the country.
The new April report predicts a significant increase in U.S. oil and gas production, while consumers are expected to prepare for higher gas prices for the summer season.
From April to September, pump prices are projected at an average of $ 2.78 per gallon, up from an average of $ 2.07 per gallon last summer.
These figures reflect higher crude oil prices and an expected jump in gas consumption, with more people driving again, as COVID vaccines are widely distributed.
The bottom line for U.S. families: expect to pay about $ 480 more in motor fuel in 2021 compared to 2020.
At Billings, according to GasBuddy.com 81 daily poll of gas stations, gas prices remained unchanged last week, averaging $ 2.68 a gallon on Wednesday, almost 75 cents a gallon more than a year ago.