The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel increased for the fourth consecutive week, this time climbing 2.0 cents to $2.924 for the week ending Monday, March 15. The price, which has increased 16.8 cents since Feb. 15, is 90.7 cents higher than the same week last year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
All regions tracked by DOE saw price increases. The biggest increase, 3.3 cents, was found in the Rocky Mountains, where prices climbed to $2.923. The smallest increase, 0.2 cent, was found on the West Coast, where prices climbed to $3.005. The nation’s most expensive diesel by region, $3.055, was found in the Central Atlantic, where prices climbed 1.8 cents. The nation’s least expensive diesel by region, $2.895, was found in both the Lower Atlantic and Midwest, where prices climbed 1.5 and 2.4 cents, respectively.
California, which DOE tracks separately for its weekly update, saw a price increase of 0.8 cent to $3.065; that price is $1.016 cents higher than the same week last year.