Average diesel prices lowest since May 2009

By Land Line staff | Monday, December 14, 2015

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel had a decrease of 4.1 cents from last week to $2.338 per gallon for the week ending Monday, Dec. 14. This marks the lowest nationwide weekly average since May 25, 2009, when diesel prices were $2.274.

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 New England region, where prices at the pump dropped 6.2 cents per gallon. Prices were down 2.0 cents in the Gulf Coast region, the smallest decrease in the nation.

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

  • U.S. – $2.338, down 4.1 cents
  • East Coast – $2.372, down 4.1 cents
  • New England – $2.453, down 6.2 cents
  • Central Atlantic – $2.501, down 4.1 cents
  • Lower Atlantic – $2.258, down 3.7 cents
  • Midwest – $2.294, down 5.4 cents
  • Gulf Coast – $2.212, down 2.0 cents
  • Rocky Mountain – $2.375, down 3.5 cents
  • West Coast – $2.552, down 5.1 cents
  • West Coast less California – $2.431, down 4.6 cents
  • California – $2.650, down 5.4 cents

According to ProMiles, the average retail price at truck stops was $2.272 on Monday morning, a 4.7-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 $2.332, with truckers in Washington state paying an average of $2.688 per gallon, the highest in the nation. Truckers in Missouri are paying a national low of $2.038 per gallon, according to the site. None of the Lower 48 states have been listed in excess of $4 per gallon at the pump since Dec. 4, 2014. All 48 states in the contiguous U.S. have average prices below $3.

In separate energy news, light sweet crude (also known as West Texas Intermediate) for January delivery was trading at $36.54 at noon CDT on Monday, according to the New York Mercantile Exchange. That’s a $1.11 decrease from last Monday and a 92-cent increase from its last trading price. The price of Brent crude oil for January settlement was listed at $38.27, a 34-cent increase from last Monday and a $2.08 decrease from its last trading price.

According to Bloomberg, the U.S. Senate is considering a deal that would end a ban on crude oil exports that was established 40 years ago under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.  AAA has indexed diesel prices at $2.353 for Monday, $1.058 cheaper than this time last year and 12.2 cents less than a month ago.

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