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National average diesel price hangs nears $3 a gallon

As the holidays approach, diesel fuel prices continue to hover near $2.90 per gallon nationwide, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

Following a 1.2-cent decrease during the week ending Dec. 11, the national average for a gallon of on-highway diesel is $2.91. Prices dropped in all regions across the U.S. during the week except in New England. The largest decrease was seen in the West Coast less California region, which saw a 3.4-cent drop.

The nation’s most expensive diesel is in California at $3.56 per gallon, followed by the West Coast less California at $3.072 per gallon.

The cheapest fuel is in the Gulf Coast at $2.705 per gallon, followed by the Lower Atlantic region at $2.788 per gallon.

Prices in other regions, according to the DOE, are:

  • New England – $2.90
  • Central Atlantic – $3.06
  • Midwest – $2.863
  • Rocky Mountain – $2.991

ProMiles’ numbers during the week saw diesel prices drop by 1.4 cents to $2.862 per gallon nationwide.

According to ProMiles’ Fuel Surcharge Index, the most expensive diesel can be found in California at $3.561 per gallon, and the cheapest can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.715 per gallon.

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Matt Cole is the News Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at mattcole@randallreilly.com.