National diesel average inches up to $2.652

| 8/17/2009

After a 7.5-cent per gallon increase at the pump a week ago, the national average price for diesel inched up another 2.7 cents this past week.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s report on Monday, Aug. 17, the national average is $2.652 per gallon, which is down more than $1.55 per gallon from this same time a year ago when fuel was averaging $4.207 per gallon.

All nine regions are reporting price increases for diesel. The California region is again reporting the highest regional average at $2.872 per gallon with a 3-cent-per-gallon increase from a week ago.

The Gulf Coast region has the lowest average price for fuel at $2.608 per gallon, despite a 2.7-cent-per-gallon increase. A week ago, the Rocky Mountain region had the lowest price for fuel at $2.572 per gallon, but lost its place after a 6-cent-per-gallon increase put its average price at $2.632 per gallon.

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

  • East Coast: $2.690
  • New England: $2.739
  • Central Atlantic: $2.770
  • Lower Atlantic: $2.649
  • Midwest: $2.629
  • Gulf Coast: $2.608
  • Rocky Mountain: $2.632
  • West Coast: $2.748
  • California: $2.872