Diesel fuel prices Feb. 20 continue to stay even

Diesel prices in the United States climbed higher for the second week in a row, but with a marginal gain of less than a cent, price fluctuation in early 2017 have stayed relatively flat.

The national average of on-highway diesel fuel prices Feb. 20 went up slightly to $2.572, up seven-tenths of a cent from last week, as was reported in the Energy Information Administration’s February 21st Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update.

The West Coast continues to lead the nation as the region with the highest diesel fuel prices.  The average cost per gallon at the pump reflected the same gains as the rest of the country, rising seven-tenths of a cent to $2.876.  California has the highest prices of any state, with average price per gallon ringing in at $2.966.

The Central Atlantic just beat out West Coast less California as the second costliest region to purchase fuel.  Price per gallon was up half of a cent to $2.770.

West Coast less California prices rose .006 cents, bringing diesel costs up to $2.767 per gallon.  Once again, the region has the most inflated numbers from the same time last year.  Diesel fuel prices Feb. 20 are up 71.7 cents from the $2.05 per gallon reported on February 22th, 2016.

New England was the only region with a price drop, down a full cent from the week prior to $2.658.  The highest price jump came from the Rocky Mountain region, climbing over two and half cents to $2.548.

The cheapest diesel can be found in the Gulf Coast region, which gained almost a full cent this week and is up to $2.433 per gallon.

The EIA lists prices in the other regions of the nation as follows:

  • East Coast – $2.628, up .002
  • Lower Atlantic – $2.521, up .002 cents
  • Midwest – $2.495, up .008 cents


To compare this week’s diesel fuel prices to the rest of February, see the reports from February 13th and February 6th.