The combined national average price for low-sulfur diesel
and ultra-low sulfur diesel jumped more than 7 cents to $2.626 per gallon for
the week ending Monday, March 5, 2007.
The average price for a gallon of low-sulfur diesel - which
is scheduled to be phased out by 2010 - was up 7.9 cents from $2.505 to $2.584,
according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which recently started
reporting low-sulfur diesel and ULSD prices separately.
ULSD prices averaged $2.640 - up 6.9 cents from the previous
price of $2.571.
The EIA breaks down ULSD prices by nine regions, including
the state of California, where ULSD prices actually dropped 1.4 cents from
$2.911 to $2.897. The other eight regions showed average increases in price.
The biggest increase was 9 cents, which was reported in both
the Gulf Coast region and the Rocky Mountain region, where ULSD was $2.587 and
ULSD in the Lower Atlantic region climbed 8.5 cents from
$2.483 to $2.568, but that region continued having the lowest average price for
the second week in a row.
The Central Atlantic region had an average price of $2.668,
up 7 cents from $2.598.
The East Coast region saw a 7.8-cent increase from $2.526 to
$2.604, while the New England region had a 4.3-cent increase from $2.650 to
ULSD in the Midwest region jumped 8.3 cents from $2.523 to
The average price of crude oil had dropped on Monday by more
than $1 to about $60 per barrel, The
Associated Press reported.