Diesel average still atop $3 mark

| Monday, August 14, 2006

The national average price for diesel remained relatively unchanged for the week ending Monday, Aug. 14, despite the fact some areas witnessed significant price booms.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, the national average price is $3.065 – up a penny from last week. It’s also 50 cents higher than prices the same time a year ago.

The biggest jump was found in the West Coast where average prices increased 10.5 cents per gallon to $3.218. A similar boost was witnessed in the Rocky Mountain region where consumers are paying an average of $3.311 – up 10.3 cents from a week ago. The price also is the highest of any region.

The biggest drop was in the Lower Atlantic region, where the average price dipped 2.5 cents per gallon to $2.964 – the lowest cost of any region.

Other areas that witnessed decreases in average prices are the East Coast where the price per gallon fell slightly to $3.017; the Midwest, at $3.065; and the Gulf Coast, at $2.974.

Other areas that experienced bumps in prices are in California, where the per-gallon price increased to $3.220; the Central Atlantic region, to $3.130; and New England, to $3.077.