Diesel prices rise nearly 4 cents

| 12/24/2002

According to figures released by the Energy Department Dec. 23, the national average cost of diesel this week rose to $1.44 from $1.401 per gallon last week.

The lowest price nationally is in the Gulf Coast region. Diesel there costs $1.394 per gallon on average.

The highest average prices are in California, where the price is $1.543 per gallon; New England, where fuel is $1.524; the Central Atlantic, where the price is $1.534; and on the West Coast, where the price is $1.506.

The remaining regions' prices per gallon are as follows: East Coast, $1.448; Lower Atlantic, $1.405; Midwest, $1.438; and the Rocky Mountain region, where prices are an average of $1.434 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.