Summer gas prices are expected to remain at their lowest seasonal price in 12 years, according to a government forecast released Tuesday.
Gas is expected to average $2.27 a gallon nationwide during the April through September summer driving season, based on numbers from the Energy Information Administration.
Compared to last summer that’s a decline of 36 cents, or 13%.
Gas costs more in the summer months because of strong driver demand and environmental regulations that require a more expensive blend of gas to fight smog.
The national average for gas was $2.36 a gallon on Tuesday, according to AAA, down from $2.75 a year ago during the same period.
Prices have remained low even after Brent crude jumped to $47 a barrel in May, up $5 from April.
Gas prices hit a 12-year low of $31 in January.
Prices could remain low thanks to Iran’s increasing oil output and OPEC’s inability to set a price ceiling among its member-nations.