Diesel prices went up in five regions and down in five, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Monday, and although the national average went up, it was only by 3 tenths of a penny, to $3.025 a gallon.
This mixed bag is different from last week, when all 10 of EIA’s reporting sectors saw diesel prices go up, some by as much as 4 and 5 cents a gallon. Last week the national average reached $3.028 a gallon, the first time since the week ended January 12, 2015, that the average price had exceeded $3 a gallon.
The New England sector had the biggest increase in diesel — 2.2 cents to $3.136 a gallon, while the Rocky Mountain region had the largest decrease — 2.9 cents a gallon to $2.955.
Six of EIA’s reporting regions show diesel above the $3-a-gallon mark, and California, ringing up at $3.643, is already on the way to $4 a gallon.
Four areas, the Lower Atlantic, Midwest, Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain, have diesel prices that have yet to hit the $3-a-gallon mark.
Benchmark U.S. crude rose 25 cents to $63.62 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 42 cents to $69.03 a barrel in London, The Associated Press reported Monday, and if the price of oil continues to rise, diesel will rise with it.
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