The weekly retail on-highway
diesel prices released by the Energy Department Monday show the national average
cost of diesel has plummeted 20 cents over the past two months to $1.29 -
the cheapest diesel has been since December 1999.
The biggest price drop
was in the Rocky Mountain region. Diesel there dropped about 4 cents per gallon
from last week to $1.34.
The lowest prices in
the nation continue to be found in the Lower Atlantic region. Fuel there dipped
about 1.5 cents to $1.22 per gallon.
The highest prices nationally
are found in the state of California. Diesel there is $1.43 per gallon - down
2 cents from a week ago.
The remaining regions'
price per gallon is as follows: East Coast, $1.27; New England, $1.38; Central
Atlantic, $1.36; Midwest, $1.30; Gulf Coast, $1.23; and West Coast, $1.39,
The Department of Energy
reports the average price of self-serve each week. Prices are based on a survey
of 350 diesel service centers nationwide and include taxes.