Higher diesel prices found across the U.S.

April 2, 2018

Land Line Staff


For the third week in a row, the average U.S. price for a gallon of diesel went up, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The average price for a gallon of diesel on Monday, April 2, was $3.042 per gallon. That is 3.2 cents higher than a week earlier.

The lowest prices across the U.S. were in the Midwest, Gulf Coast and Lower Atlantic. There the average prices stayed below $3 per gallon.

The biggest increases were on the West Coast, according to the EIA. The average price per gallon of diesel fuel in West Coast states other than California went up 5.5 cents on Monday compared to a week previous. In California, the average price went up 4.5 cents.

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

  • U.S. – $3.042, up 3.2 cents
  • East Coast – $3.066, up 2.8 cents
  • New England – $3.117, up two-tenths of a cent
  • Central Atlantic – $3.233, up 1.6 cents
  • Lower Atlantic – $2.938, up 4 cents
  • Midwest – $2.962, 2.8 cents
  • Gulf Coast – $2.851, up 2.8 cents
  • Rocky Mountain – $3.044, up 5.3 cents
  • West Coast less California – $3.202, up 5.5 cents
  • California – $3.714, up 4.5 cents.

ProMiles reports that the average U.S. price for a gallon of diesel went up 4 cents. Here, too, this is the third week of increased diesel prices.

On Monday, the average price across the U.S. was $2.986 per gallon, according to ProMiles. A week before it was $2.946 and on March 19 it was $2.901.

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 biggest increases were in West Coast states, according to ProMiles. Average prices went up 8.1 cents per gallon in West Coast states without California and 7.9 cents with California.

Average prices in Rocky Mountain states went up 7 cents per gallon.

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

  • U.S. – $2.986, up 4 cents
  • East Coast – $3.069, up 3.2 cents
  • New England – $3.13, up 1.4 cents
  • Central Atlantic – $3.265, up eight-tenths of a cent
  • Lower Atlantic – $2.959, up 4.1 cents
  • Midwest – $2.947, up 3.4 cents
  • Gulf Coast – $2.851, up 3.6 cents
  • Rocky Mountain – $3.055, up 7 cents
  • West Coast – $3.382, up 7.9 cents
  • West Coast less California – $3.148, up 8.1 cents
  • California – $3.706, up 6.6 cents

AAA reports a national average price per gallon for diesel fuel at $2.968 for Monday, April 2, 2.7 cents higher than a week before, $2.941 per gallon.

A month ago AAA reported $2.954 per gallon and a year ago $2.506 per gallon.

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