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March 10, 2004

EIA Expects Record-High Gasoline Prices in Spring and Summer

With gasoline prices now near record highs, DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) anticipates "a high likelihood" of additional price increases this spring, peaking at $1.83 per gallon for regular gasoline. The EIA's "Short Term Energy Outlook," released on March 9th, projects that summer gasoline prices will average $1.74 per gallon, which will be a record in nominal (non-inflation-adjusted) prices and the highest inflation-adjusted prices since 1985. A combination of low gasoline inventories, high crude oil prices, and rising demand is pushing gasoline prices higher. U.S. petroleum demand grew an estimated 1.6 percent in 2003, and is projected to increase another 1.1 percent in 2004. See the EIA's "Short Term Energy Outlook."