Average price for diesel again drops 2 cents across the U.S.

November 13, 2018

Chuck Robinson


The average price per gallon for a diesel fuel dropped 2 cents on Monday, Nov. 12, compared to the Monday before, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.

This is the third consecutive week of average price drops.

The price is 40.2 cents higher than one year ago Monday.

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

  • U.S. – $3.317, down 2.1 cents.
  • East Coast – $3.314, down 1.5 cents.
  • New England – $3.356, down three-fifths of a cent.
  • Central Atlantic – $3.483, down 1.5 cents.
  • Lower Atlantic – $3.187, down 1.5 cents.
  • Midwest – $3.262, down 2.4 cents.
  • Gulf Coast – $3.085, down 2.1 cents.
  • Rocky Mountain – $3.378, down 2 cents.
  • West Coast – $3.807, down 2.6 cents.
  • West Coast less California – $3.514, down 2.4 cents.
  • California – $4.04, down 2.8 cents.

ProMiles reports national average retail price for diesel on Monday, Nov. 12, being 2.3 cents lower than the week previous.

Monday’s price is 39 cents higher than one year ago.

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.

The highest swing from a week ago was in Gulf Coast region, where the average price went down 2.4 cents. The smallest dip was in New England, where prices declined only one-tenth of a cent.

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

  • U.S. – $3.257, down 2.3 cents.
  • East Coast – $3.303, down 1.5 cents.
  • New England – $3.321, down three-tenths of a cent.
  • Central Atlantic – $3.508, down 1.3 cents
  • Lower Atlantic – $3.187, down 1.9 cents.
  • Midwest – $3.24, down 2.7 cents.
  • Gulf Coast – $3.098, down 2.3 cents.
  • Rocky Mountain – $3.387, down 1.5 a cents.
  • West Coast – $3.677, down 2.5 cents.
  • West Coast less California, $3.447, down 2.5 cents.
  • California, $4.001, down 1.5 cents.

AAA reports a national average price per gallon for diesel fuel at $3.249 for Tuesday, Nov. 13.

A week previous, the price was $3.268

A month previous, AAA reported $3.299 per gallon and a year ago $2.88 per gallon.

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


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Chuck Robinson formerly was senior copy editor for a weekly trade publication serving the fresh produce industry. He has served trade publications, horticultural journals and community newspapers for 25 years.