Nevada ‘escapes’ rising Labor Day gas prices

U.S. gas prices are slated to rise up to 10 cents from where the average is now, to $2.50, ahead of Labor Day, according to AAA Nevada.

Nevada, though, won’t be affected much.

The average price of gas in the state jumped a couple of cents, from $2.66 a gallon a week ago to $2.68 as of Wednesday, according to AAA data.

AAA Nevada spokesman Michael Blasky said Nevada “escaped” paying higher prices at the pump “this time,” because Nevada does not get its gas from areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.

“If something like what happened in Houston happened in California, then it would be us paying higher prices at the pump,” Blasky said, adding that any local price increases at the pump are due to Labor Day travel, not from the storm.

Nevada gets the majority of its fuel supply from refineries in California as well as in Salt Lake City, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The area gets its natural gas primarily from Wyoming, and gets a secondary supply from the Permian Basin in Texas and the San Juan Basin in New Mexico.

NV Energy told the Review-Journal that its gas supply has not been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“Our access to wholesale gas markets varies daily. For example, NV Energy is able to source its gas supply from northern regions including the Pacific Northwest and Canada as well as the Rockies Supply Basin east of Nevada,” a company spokesman said.

Contact Nicole Raz at nraz@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4512. Follow @JournalistNikki on Twitter.

Review-Journal staff writer Todd Prince contributed to this story.

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