Average diesel price in U.S. barely rises from a week ago

May 6, 2019

Land Line Staff


This is the fifth week in a row that the average price for a gallon of diesel fuel across the U.S. again has gone up, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.

The average price only went up a small fraction of a cent, however, and it did not go up in every region, according to the EIA’s weekly report on Monday, May 6.

The 6.2-cent increase in California’s average diesel fuel price pushed the average for the West Coast up.

Following are the average prices for diesel fuel by region as reported by the EIA for Monday:

  • U.S. – $3.171, up one-fifth of a cent.
  • East Coast – $3.19, down two-fifths of a cent.
  • New England – $3.245, up nine-tenths of a cent.
  • Central Atlantic – $3.379, down three-fifths of a cent.
  • Lower Atlantic – $3.051, down three-fifths of a cent.
  • Midwest – $3.064, up three-fifths of a cent.
  • Gulf Coast – $2.927, down 1.2, up 4 cents.
  • West Coast – $3.765, up 3.5 cents.
  • West Coast without California – $3.345, down one-tenth of a cent.
  • California – $4.097, up 6.2 cents.

According to ProMiles, the national average U.S. retail price for diesel fuel on Monday, May 6, rose 1.7 cents. ProMiles also reports increases in each of the regional averages.

ProMiles, the software company that maintains the websites ProMiles.com and TruckMiles.com, offers its own weekly fuel price information. The company’s fuel price data are presented in the same format used by the EIA in the agency’s weekly reports. The prices include a national average as well as regional averages, and comparisons to the previous week and the previous year.

A key difference between the EIA and ProMiles reporting is the type and number of fueling stations the company surveys in order to calculate its averages. While EIA surveys 400 truck stops and convenience stores nationwide, ProMiles uses its direct feed from thousands of truck stops to develop its averages.

Following are the average prices by region as reported by the ProMiles.com:

  • U.S. – $3.079, up 1.7 cents.
  • East Coast – $3.158, up 1.1 cents.
  • New England – $3.176, up two-fifths of a cent.
  • Central Atlantic – $3.349, up 1 cent.
  • Lower Atlantic – $3.052, up 1.6 cents.
  • Midwest – $3.025, up 1.5 cents.
  • Gulf Coast – $2.934, up 1.14 cents.
  • Rocky Mountain – $3.164, up 3 cents.
  • West Coast – $3.571, up 4.5 cents.
  • West Coast less California – $3.28, up 2.5 cents.
  • California – $3.984, up 6.2 cents.

Click here to view ProMiles fuel data averaged by state.

AAA reported a national average price per gallon for diesel fuel at $3.106 for Monday, May 6.

A week previous, the price was $3.10

A month previous, AAA reported $3.037 per gallon of diesel fuel and a year ago $3.078 per gallon.

The highest recorded average price for diesel was $4.845 per gallon on July 17, 2008, according to AAA.