Diesel price climbs for third week

Diesel price climbs for third week

Three consecutive weeks of increases have pushed diesel prices to the highest level this year.

The average U.S. retail pump price for diesel rose 1.5 cents to $2.597 in the April 17 update by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). That’s 1.1 cents cheaper than the Jan. 2 report, and 43.2 cents higher than this time last year.

On the East Coast, prices were up 1.1 cents on average, coming in at $2.638 in New England, $2.783 in the Central Atlantic, and $2.522 in the Lower Atlantic.

On the West Coast, less California, diesel registered a 1.9-cent increase to $2.791, while California posted a 1.1-cent bump, to $2.946, the highest price in the lower 48 states.

Diesel was up 1.2 cents in the Rocky Mountains ($2.652), while the price for a gallon in the Midwest rose 2.1 cents ($2.536).

The Gulf Coast saw an increase of a 1.2 cents, to $2.458—the lowest price for a gallon in the country.

The national average price for gasoline was not available at press time dues to technical issues, EIA noted on the website.

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