Noticed gas prices are up? You’re not alone.
According to AAA, the cost of a gallon of regular in Colorado Springs has jumped about 15 cents since the end of February. Statewide, it’s gone up 13 cents since the end of February.
AAA spokeswoman Alexa Gromko says the Denver oil refinery is only running at about 50-percent of normal. She says the refinery is doing some maintenance. So gas for the Front Range is coming from out of state, which she says is more expensive.
Gromko says gas futures and crude oil prices are also up. Another factor in rising prices is Spring Break. Gromko says Spring Break trips mean demand for gas is also higher.
"Everyone is experiencing these stark increases," said Gromko.
As of Wednesday morning, according to AAA, the average gallon of gas is $2.30 in Colorado Springs. But, it’s $2.60 in Vail.