Diesel prices dip for first time in a month

| 2/13/2006

The national average price of diesel fell for the first time since mid-January during the week ending Feb. 13, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The national average fell 2.3 cents to $2.476 per gallon for the week, its lowest price in the past three weeks.

New England saw the biggest drop, falling 4.2 cents to $2.617 per gallon. The Central Atlantic region wasn’t far behind at $2.591 per gallon, while the Lower Atlantic region fell to $2.464 per gallon.

Overall, the East Coast posted an average of $2.509 per gallon, down more than 2 cents from the previous week.

The lowest prices were found in the Midwest, where rates fell 2.6 cents to $2.419 per gallon. The nearest to that was the Gulf Coast, at $2.447 per gallon.

The Rocky Mountain region was slightly higher up the scale at an average of $2.500 per gallon.

The highest prices, however, were found in California where, in spite of a 3-cent drop, prices remained high at $2.709 per gallon.

The rest of the West Coast, meanwhile, posted an average of $2.621 per gallon.