Diesel prices keep on climbing

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Diesel fuel prices for the week ending Monday, Feb. 19, increased from the previous week, the U.S. Department of Energy reported on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The report was delayed one day because of the Presidents Day holiday. The U.S. average rose by 1.5 cents, topping out at $2.491, a 3.6-cent increase over the same week one year ago.

Every region saw a price increase except for the Rocky Mountain region, which remained unchanged at $2.517. The highest prices were on the West Coast and in the New England region; the West Coast averaged $2.784 and the New England region averaged $2.636. The nation’s lowest prices were on the Gulf Coast and in the Lower Atlantic region, recording averages of $2.418 and $2.421, respectively.

California, which DOE tracks separately, actually saw a slight price decrease of less than half a cent, but truckers there continue to pay the nation’s highest prices for diesel, shelling out an average of $2.901 per gallon.

Beginning this week, DOE now tracks separate averages for low-sulfur/ultra-low-sulfur diesel, as well as all types of diesel. For state-by-state diesel prices, updated daily, click here.