Western U.S. sees significant diesel price increase

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The western half of the United States saw significant diesel fuel increases during the most recent week ending April 15, according to weekly numbers from the Department of Energy.

The nation’s average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel increased by 2.5 cents during the week to $3.118. The Rocky Mountain, West Coast less California and California regions each saw increases of more than 5 cents during the week, while no other region saw an increase of more than 2 cents.

The most significant increase was seen in the West Coast less California region, which saw a 6.3-cent increase, followed by California, which saw a 5.7-cent increase.

California’s increase brings the state’s average diesel prices to $3.967 per gallon, followed by the Central Atlantic region at $3.342 per gallon.

The cheapest fuel can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.899 per gallon, followed by the Midwest region at $3.01 per gallon.

Prices in other regions, according to DOE, are:

  • New England – $3.205
  • Lower Atlantic – $3.015
  • Rocky Mountain – $3.082
  • West Coast less California – $3.252

ProMiles’ numbers during the same week saw fuel prices increase by 1.2 cents to $3.013 per gallon.

According to ProMiles’ Fuel Surcharge Index, the most expensive diesel can be found in California at $3.854 per gallon, and the cheapest can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.881  per gallon.