Federal report shows U.S. diesel prices rising 7 cents per gallon over last week.

October 9, 2018

Land Line Staff


Data from the federal Energy Information Administration weekly report on diesel fuel prices issued today corroborates yesterday’s report of diesel prices going up 7 cents per gallon.

EIA figures were delayed Monday because of Columbus Day.

The EIA said the average U.S. diesel fuel price reported on Tuesday, Oct. 9, was 7.2 cents per gallon higher than Monday last week. That is the exact same number reported yesterday by ProMiles.com

The EIA reports increases for every region, from 2.3 cents in Rocky Mountain states to 9 cents in Gulf Coast states.

ProMiles reported a 9.2 cent increase in West Coast states excluding California as the highest increase. EIA reports West Coast states without California paying only 5.3 cents more this week than last.

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 EIA:

  • U.S. – $3.385, up 7.2 cents.
  • East Coast – $3.36, up 6.8 cents.
  • New England – $3.344, up 3.9 cents.
  • Central Atlantic – $3.531, 8.4 cents.
  • Lower Atlantic – $3.243, up 6.3 cents.
  • Midwest – $3.351, up 7.3cents.
  • Gulf Coast – $3.169, up 9 cents.
  • Rocky Mountain – $3.39, up 2.3 cents.
  • West Coast – $3.866, up 6.4 cents.
  • West Coast less California, $3.558, up 5.2 cents.
  • California, $4.111, up 7.3 cents.

EIA data show weekly average U.S. diesel price increases, starting Aug. 20, when the price was $3.207. Today’s average price is 60.9 cents higher than a year ago.