Santa Feans paid an average of $3.32 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, the highest since Sept. 8, 2014, the AAA New Mexico Weekend Gas Watch reported Thursday.
Santa Fe and Las Cruces had the highest increases among the state’s metro areas and New Mexico overall at 5 cents over the previous week. One year ago, the Santa Fe average was $1.95, AAA statistics show.
Albuquerque, which was at $3.24 per gallon, and Santa Fe, along with New Mexico at $3.32, remain below the national average fuel price of $3.40 per gallon. Las Cruces was at $3.42, and Farmington remained unchanged from last week at $3.49.
AAA attributes the high prices to the crude oil price staying above $80 a barrel after being in the low $60s in August.
In 2014, Santa Fe peaked at $3.53 but tumbled to below $2 per gallon by December, AAA spokesman Daniel Armbruster said.