The weekly retail price for on-highway diesel increased for the third consecutive week, this time climbing 0.7 cent to $3.073 for the week ending Oct. 18, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The price is 36.8 cents higher than the same week last year.
All regions tracked by DOE saw price increases except for the Gulf Coast region, which saw a 0.3 price decrease and fell to $2.979, the nation’s least expensive diesel by region. Elsewhere, the biggest increase, 2.7 cents, was found in the Rocky Mountains, where prices climbed to $3.112. The smallest increase, 0.5 cent, was found in the Lower Atlantic, where prices climbed to $3.016.
The nation’s most expensive diesel by region, $3.249, was found on the West Coast, where prices climbed 1.0 cent. California, which DOE tracks separately for its weekly update, saw a 1.7-cent increase to $3.232; that price is 35.8 cents higher than the same week last year.