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Diesel Fuel Statistics and Data


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May 23, 2016 - Sliding back into that upward trend for a second week. Regular is above last week's price by a little over a cent.

The average price in California for regular gasoline increased 1.5-cents from the previous week. The average statewide price for regular was $2.804. Mid-grade and premium prices increased as well.

The national average for self-serve regular is at $2.300, up 5.8 cents from the previous week.This is 50.4 cents lower than the price of regular in California.

California Retail Gasoline
Prices Per Gallon
  California Retail Diesel
Prices Per Gallon
  5/16/2016 5/23/2016   5/18/2016 5/25/2016
Regular $2.789 $2.804 Northern
$2.690 $2.756
Mid-Grade $2.915 $2.930 Central
$2.632 $2.670
Premium $3.034 $3.052 Southern
$2.601 $2.649


Diesel fuel is the second largest transportation fuel in California behind gasoline. In 2007, more than three billlion gallons of diesel were sold, according to the state Board of Equalization.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administraiton, "Nearly all semi-trucks, delivery vehicles, buses, trains, ships, boats and barges, farm, construction and military vehicles and equipment have diesel engines. In 2006, diesel fuel accounted for about 16% of total refined petroleum products and 77% of the total distillate consumed in the U.S. On-highway motor vehicles use about 75% of total diesel fuel, with the rest consumed by "off-highway" construction, farming equipment, military and railroad vehicles and equipment, and marine craft." (Source: EIA Petroleum Navigator: Product Supplied)