National average retail pump prices for diesel stayed flat this week for the U.S., while the price for gasoline dropped, according the data tracked by the Energy Information Agency (EIA)
However, prices for both fuels fluctuated in different directions on a regional basis, the agency noted, with diesel prices increasing in five areas of the country while dropping in another five.
Diesel remained at $2.426 per gallon on a national basis this week, according to EIA’s numbers, which is 41.7 cents per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2015.
Diesel increased in five pricing regions of the U.S. the agency established for its fuel costing data, which were offset by price declines in other areas of the country:
- California: up 1.7 cents to $2.803 per gallon (the highest regional price for diesel in the U.S. this week)
- The Rocky Mountains: up 1.6 cents to $2.429
- The West Coast including California: up 7/10ths of a penny to $2.713 (with California removed, diesel dipped 6/10ths of a penny to $2.60 for the West Coast)
- The Midwest: up 3/10ths to $2.389
- The Lower Atlantic: up 3/10ths to $2.361
The national average retail pump price for gasoline dipped 2.4 cents to $2.329 per gallon this week, EIA said, which is 47.2 cents cheaper per gallon compared to the same week last year.
Gasoline prices increased in three of EIA’s pricing regions, while falling everywhere else:
- The West Coast: up 4.4 cents to $2.764 per gallon
- The West Coast without California’s prices: up 1.3 cents to $2.480
- The Gulf Coast: up 1/10th of a penny to $2.097