Fuel Smarts

Diesel Prices Fall after a Month of Increases

March 13, 2017

Source: EIA
Source: EIA

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. fell last week, breaking a month-long string of increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

The average price of on-highway diesel fuel dropped 1.5 cents, settling to $2.564 per gallon at the pump. The price is still 46.5 cents more expensive than it was in the same week of 2016.

Prices were down in all major regions of the U.S. with the largest drop coming to the West Coast at 3.1 cents. The smallest change occurred in the Rocky Mountain region with a 0.8-cent drop.

Gasoline prices were also down last week, falling 1.8 cents to $2.323 per gallon at the pump. The price of gasoline is 36.2 cents more expensive than it was in the same week a year ago.

Prices varied by region with the largest decrease in prices hitting the Midwest at 5 cents per gallon. The area with the largest increase was the West Coast where prices jumped 1.9 cents for the week.

Crude oil prices for the past week have been down as increases in U.S. oil production are offsetting any production decreases agreed to by OPEC, according to a MarketWatch report. Prices fell to their lowest point of the year so far, as a global supply glut continues to hold down the oil market.

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