Several months ago, he predicted this spring’s high price would be about where it is now.
Now, he says the peak will depend on June's upcoming meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. "I think $3-a-gallon is a stronger possibility now, perhaps a 40 percent chance of the average hitting that in Atlanta."
OPEC has much less influence than in decades past, partly because of the U.S. surge in oil production through the Midwest. But demand and supply are balanced closely, so if OPEC raises production, it would mean an increase in supply globally and a drop in oil prices, which would eventually flow through to the pump.
The price of mid-grade and premium is already above $3 a gallon and some stations in metro Atlanta have raised even regular past that mark.
A Shell station in Acworth was charging $3.19 a gallon for regular Friday morning, according to Gas Buddy.
A Sam’s Club in Woodstock had the lowest price for regular: $2.45 a gallon.
Metro Atlanta average price for gas
One week ago: $2.67
One month ago: $2.55
One Year ago $2.27
Source: Gas Buddy
Average gas price by state
South Carolina: $2.57
North Carolina: $2.69