According to figures released
by the Energy Department Dec. 30, the national average cost of diesel this
week rose to $1.491 from $1.44 per gallon last week. In two weeks, the national
average price has risen nearly 10 cents.
The lowest price nationally
is in the Gulf Coast region. Diesel there costs $1.448 per gallon on average.
The highest average prices
are found in the Central Atlantic, where the average is $1.581; in New England,
where the price is $1.554; in California, where the price is $1.577; and
on the West Coast, where the price is $1.54.
The remaining regions'
prices per gallon are as follows: East Coast, $1.506; Lower Atlantic, $1.470;
Midwest, $1.493; and the Rocky Mountain region, where prices are an average
of $1.451 per gallon.
The Department of Energy
reports the average price of self-serve fuel each week. Prices are based
on a survey of 350 diesel service centers nationwide and include taxes.