Diesel prices up 5.1 cents per gallon

| 12/4/2006

The national average price for a gallon of highway-grade diesel fuel increased more than 5 cents for the week ending Monday, Dec. 4, 2006.

While some regions reported smaller increases, larger increases in California and the West Coast region pushed the overall average up.

California diesel increased by 15 cents per gallon from $2.710 to $2.860 while the West Coast region had a 10-cent increase from $2.760 to $2.860.

All nine regions in the Energy Information Administration's tracking system reported increases.

New England reported the next highest increase after the West Coast, rising 8.2 cents from $2.634 to $2.716.

The Lower Atlantic region reported a 7.6-cent increase from $2.479 to $2.555, while diesel in the Central Atlantic region increased 6.5 cents to $2.717.

Diesel increased 7.3 cents per gallon in the East Coast region.

The Gulf Coast region reported the cheapest average diesel price in the nation at $2.537 despite a 4.7-cent increase.

Midwest diesel prices increased 2.4 cents to $2.578, while diesel prices in the Rocky Mountain region increased 2.7 cents to $2.707.