National average for diesel drops 1.8 cents after slight increase a week ago

| 1/21/2009

After a slight increase at the pumps a week ago, the national average price for diesel has dropped 1.8 cents to average $2.296 per gallon.

The Energy Information Administration fuel statistics were released on Wednesday, Jan. 21, because of the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

According to the EIA report, the national average price for diesel is down nearly $1 per gallon from the same week in 2008. Eight of the nine regions are reporting decreases in diesel averages this past week, with the only regional increase – of 1.4 cents per gallon – being reported in the Rocky Mountains.

The lowest average price for fuel is in the Gulf Coast region at $2.228 per gallon, while New England is again reporting the highest average price for fuel at $2.613 per gallon.

Below are the regional prices reported by the Department of Energy. To see a map of the states in each of the listed regions, click here.

  • East Coast: $2.391
  • New England: $2.613
  • Central Atlantic: $2.521
  • Lower Atlantic: $2.306
  • Midwest: $2.281
  • Gulf Coast: $2.228
  • Rocky Mountain: $2.250
  • West Coast: $2.344
  • California: $2.319