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Average diesel price falls 4.6 cents

The national average retail diesel price kept falling during the week ended Dec. 17, dropping 4.6 cents to $3.945 a gallon, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. The latest weekly price is 11.7 cents above the same week last year.

Diesel prices fell in all regions, led by a drop of 7.2 cents in the Rocky Mountain region. With numerous decreases in recent weeks, the average price of $3.866 a gallon gives the Rocky Mountain region the unusual distinction of having the second-least expensive diesel in the country after the Gulf Coast region at $3.847 a gallon. The Rocky Mountain region also was the only one where diesel prices currently are lower than they were a year ago. The highest diesel prices on average were in New England at $4.155 a gallon.

Complete diesel price information is available on EIA’s Website.


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Avery Vise is executive director, trucking research and analysis for Randall-Reilly Business Media and also serves as senior editor, industry analysis for Commercial Carrier Journal. Previously, he was editorial director of Randall-Reilly’s Fleet/Dealer/Aftermarket group and had served as chief editor of CCJ for 10 years. From 1985 to 1998, Vise worked for McGraw-Hill’s Aviation Week Group, covering Congress and the Department of Transportation for publications about the commercial aviation industry. He has received numerous awards from American Business Media and the American Society of Business Publication Editors for his coverage of the trucking industry. Vise is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with degrees in government and history.