HOVENSA adds 8¢ to cost of regular

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The wholesale price for regular gasoline went up today, while the wholesale price of premium gasoline dropped as HOVENSA adjusted its rack rates.

The changes will increase the rack rate - the price of fuel purchased wholesale at the HOVENSA truck-loading station on St. Croix - for regular gasoline by 8 cents per gallon. At the same time, the wholesale price of premium gasoline decreased by 8 cents per gallon.

The price for diesel fuel did not change.

Under today's adjustments, independent gas station operators in the territory now are paying $3.50 per gallon for regular gasoline, $3.75 per gallon for premium gasoline, and $3.49 per gallon for diesel fuel when they buy their fuel wholesale at HOVENSA. Those prices include the 14-cents-per-gallon tax that the refinery collects for the government.

The rack rates influence retail gasoline prices in the territory because independent gas station operators can buy their gasoline at the loading station, then resell it to their customers.

The new rates are effective through Sunday.

On the retail side, average retail prices for gasoline in the United States have risen over the last week, while the average retail price for diesel fuel stayed steady.

Nationwide, the average retail price for regular gasoline on Thursday was $3.657 per gallon, up almost 5 cents from a week earlier, according to the American Automobile Association's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

The average retail price for premium gas in the United States on Thursday was $3.999 per gallon, also up almost 5 cents from the previous week, according to AAA.

The average retail price of diesel fuel nationwide on Thursday was $3.960 per gallon, down less than ½ cent from a week earlier, according to AAA.

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