Consumer gasoline demand continues to climb, hitting its highest point yet in 2018. According to the Energy Information Administration’s latest weekly petroleum status report, demand registered at 9.11 million b/d. That is 70,000 b/d more than the previous week and nearly 170,000 b/d more than the same time in 2017. While demand last year did not hit the 9 million b/d mark until early March, it did hit it in early February both in 2016 and 2009. Typically demand reaches high rates in March when the spring driving season kicks off. Among factors, strong consumer confidence in the economy has contributed to drivers using more gasoline than usual this winter.
Demand Driving Gas Prices