A 2.9-cent increase in the nation’s average diesel fuel price during the week ending April 22 has diesel at its highest point since early December, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly update.
With the increase, the nation’s average for a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $3.147, the highest since the week ending Dec. 10. Prices have climbed for three consecutive weeks, jumping nearly 7 cents since the beginning of April.
All regions across the country saw an increase during the most recent week, with the most significant increase being seen in the Rocky Mountain region, where prices climbed by 6.1 cents.
California’s average fuel prices topped $4 per gallon this week as the nation’s most expensive fuel at $4.003 per gallon, followed by the Central Atlantic region at $3.37 per gallon.
The cheapest fuel can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.917 per gallon, followed by the Lower Atlantic region at $3.033 per gallon.
Prices in other regions, according to DOE, are:
- New England – $3.217
- Midwest – $3.042
- Rocky Mountain – $3.143
- West Coast less California – $3.309
ProMiles’ numbers during the same week saw fuel prices increase by 2.7 cents to $3.04 per gallon.
According to ProMiles’ Fuel Surcharge Index, the most expensive diesel can be found in California at $3.898 per gallon, and the cheapest can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.903 per gallon.