U.S. diesel price climbs 2.2 cents, $2.946

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The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel increased for the fifth consecutive week, this time climbing 2.2 cents to $2.946 for the week ending Monday, March 22. The price, which has increased 19 cents since Feb. 15, is 85.6 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, 3.1 cents, was found in the Rocky Mountains, where prices climbed to $2.954. The smallest increase, 0.7 cent, was found on the Gulf Coast, where prices climbed to $2.904, the nation’s least expensive diesel by region. The nation’s most expensive diesel by region, $3.079, was found in the Central Atlantic, where prices climbed 2.4 cents.

California, which DOE tracks separately for its weekly update, saw a price increase of 0.7 cent to $3.072; that price is 94.3 cents higher than the same week last year.