Weekly diesel average up 2.3 cents to $3.43 per gallon

| Monday, January 24, 2011

Truckers are paying about 60 cents more for a gallon of diesel than they were one year ago. That amounts to $120 more for a 200-gallon purchase since January 2010. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the national average for diesel was $3.430 per gallon for the week ending Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.

The New England region, in particular, saw big gains for the second week in a row. Diesel in those states rose 4.9 cents per gallon to average $3.609, and that price edged out California?s $3.602 average as the highest in the nation.

Prices were more stable in the Rocky Mountain region, averaging $3.388 per gallon.

By state, Connecticut has the highest tax-included average at $3.725 per gallon according to ProMiles.

The ProMiles calculator put Monday?s national average at $3.446 per gallon, up half a cent overnight.

Weekly averages according to the U.S. EIA:

U.S. ? $3.430, up 2.3 cents
East Coast ? $3.480, up 3.2 cents
New England ? $3.609, up 4.9 cents
Central Atlantic ? $3.590, up 3.4 cents
Lower Atlantic ? $3.421, up 2.9 cents
Midwest ? $3.392, up 2.1 cents
Gulf Coast ? $3.382, up 1.6 cents
Rocky Mountain ? $3.388, up 1.4 cents
West Coast ? $3.531, up 2.2 cents
California ? $3.602, up 4.0 cents

In other energy news, the price of crude oil appears to be stable but falling slightly, with next month?s futures trading at $87.89 at midday Monday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

According to Reuters, U.S. oil stockpiles have recovered following the reopening of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System last week. Analysts say the Jan. 8 spill and disruption could be a sign of things to come as the pipeline infrastructure ages.

But the U.S. is still battling cold winter temperatures, with the demand for heating oil at 14.4 percent above average, according to Reuters.

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