U.S. diesel average dips below $3

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The nation’s average diesel fuel price has dropped below $3 per gallon for the first time since March, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly update.

The U.S. average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel during the week ending Jan. 14 is $2.976, which is 3.7 cents lower than the previous week. Prices have now fallen for 13 consecutive weeks.

Prices fell in all regions across the U.S. during the most recent week with the most significant decrease being seen in California, which saw a 6.3-cent drop.

The nation’s cheapest fuel can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.788 per gallon, followed by the Midwest region at $2.823 per gallon.

The most expensive diesel is in California at $3.742 per gallon, followed by the Central Atlantic region at $3.217 per gallon.

Prices in other regions, according to DOE, are:

  • New England – $3.208
  • Lower Atlantic – $2.903
  • Rocky Mountain – $2.987
  • West Coast less California – $3.13

ProMiles’ numbers during the week saw fuel prices fall by 3.6 cents, bringing its national average to $2.886 per gallon.

According to ProMiles’ Fuel Surcharge Index, the most expensive diesel can be found in California at $3.635 per gallon, and the cheapest can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.781 per gallon.