Significant decrease in diesel prices

| Monday, December 22, 2014

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel went down 13.8 cents from last week to $3.281 per gallon for the week ending Monday, Dec. 22.

Diesel price averages went down in all 10 regions in the U.S., according to the Energy Information Administration. The largest average decrease was in the Midwest region, where prices at the pump went down by 17.9 cents per gallon. Prices went down 4.2 cents in the New England region, the smallest decrease in the nation.

Following are the average prices by region as reported by the EIA:

  • U.S. – $3.281, down 13.8 cents
  • East Coast – $3.310, down 7.5 cents
  • New England – $3.425, down 4.2 cents
  • Central Atlantic – $3.392, down 6.2 cents
  • Lower Atlantic – $3.223, down 9.1 cents
  • Midwest – $3.294, down 17.9 cents
  • Gulf Coast – $3.175, down 15.3 cents
  • Rocky Mountain – $3.338, down 16.6 cents
  • West Coast – $3.330, down 13.9 cents
  • West Coast less California – $3.228, down 14.3 cents
  • California – $3.415, down 13.5 cents


According to ProMiles, the average retail price at truck stops was $3.246 on Monday morning, a 14.8 cent decrease from last week.

ProMiles, the software company that maintains the websites ProMiles.com and TruckMiles.com, continues to offer its own weekly fuel price information. The company’s fuel price data are presented in the same format used by the EIA in the agency’s weekly reports. The prices include a national average as well as regional averages, and comparisons to the previous week and the previous year.

A key difference between the EIA and ProMiles reporting is the type and number of fueling stations the company surveys in order to calculate its averages. While EIA surveys 400 truck stops and convenience stores nationwide, ProMiles uses its direct feed from thousands of truck stops to develop its averages.

TruckMiles.com listed the daily average price for Monday at $3.302, with truckers in Rhode Island paying an average of $3.779 per gallon, the highest in the nation. Truckers in Missouri are paying a national low of $3.003 per gallon, according to the site. For the third consecutive week, no states in the Lower 48 states are listed in excess of $4 per gallon at the pump.

According to the New York Mercantile Exchange, light sweet crude (also known as West Texas Intermediate) for February delivery was trading at $55.42 on Monday at noon CST, a 49-cent decrease from last Monday and a $1.10 decrease from its last trading price. The price of Brent crude oil for February settlement was listed at $60.30, a 76-cent decrease from last Monday and a $1.08 decrease from its last trading price.

According to Bloomberg, oil prices continue to drop as Saudi Arabia and OPEC refuse to reduce production despite low demand. AAA has indexed diesel prices at $3.265 for Monday, 58.2 cents cheaper than this time last year and 33.3 cents lower than a month ago.

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