U.S. diesel prices last week were up and down slightly, depending on the region, to end the calendar summer exactly where they began.
The average U.S. retail pump price for diesel fell 0.2 cents in the Sept. 5 report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), to $2.407 per gallon. That’s the same price posted June 6 before fuel costs began a nine-week decline followed by a couple of weeks of increases in late August. Still, diesel’s 12.7 cents a gallon cheaper than this time last year.
In the regions reporting rising fuel prices, the West Coast less California was up 0.8 cents to $2.563. In California the average price rose 0.5 cents to $2.746 per gallon, still the highest price in the contiguous 48 states.
The Rocky Mountain region posted a 1.7 penny increase to $2.493, while the Central Atlantic reported a rise of 0.3 cents, to $2.499
Diesel prices declined elsewhere on the East Coast, down 0.3 cents in New England ($2.42), and down 0.6 cents in the Lower Atlantic ($2.335).
The price for diesel fell 0.4 cents in the Midwest, coming in at $2.387, and the Gulf Coast posted a 0.5-cent decline to $2.264, still the lowest price for a gallon of diesel in the country.
The national average price for gasoline slipped 1.4 cents for the week to $2.223.