The national average price for diesel shot up more than 11
cents for the week ending April 17, according to the U.S. Energy Information
The average rose to $2.765 per gallon, its highest level and
biggest weekly increase since October 2005. For the second week in a row,
prices surpassed the $2.62 per gallon summer average predicted by the EIA in
its summer fuel outlook, which was issued April 11.
The highest average price was found it California at $2.933
per gallon. Ironically, that state also posted the lowest increase, at 5.2
cents. The rest of the West Coast jumped 6.9 cents to $2.881 per gallon.
The biggest increases were found in the normally steady
Midwest and Gulf Coast regions, where prices jumped a staggering 12.1 cents to
$2.735 and $2.725 per gallon, respectively.
The Rocky Mountain region was slightly higher than those
areas, coming in at $2.756 per gallon.
The East Coast posted some significant increases as well,
with the region as a whole rising 11.2 cents to $2.788 per gallon.
Within the East Coast region, New England rose to $2.865 per
gallon and the Central Atlantic climbed to $2.876 per gallon. The Lower Atlantic, meanwhile, rose 11.4 cents to $2.743 per gallon.