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Diesel Fuel Statistics and Data


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August 29, 2016 - Up again for a second week, prices are still on the rise. Regular is higher than last week's price by less then a cent.

The average price in California for regular gasoline increased 0.7-cent from the previous week. The average statewide price for regular was $2.709. Mid-grade and premium prices increased as well.

The national average for self-serve regular is at $2.237, up 8.7 cents from the previous week.This is 47.2 cents lower than the price of regular in California.

California Retail Gasoline
Prices Per Gallon
  California Retail Diesel
Prices Per Gallon
  8/22/2016 8/29/2016   8/17/2016 8/24/2016
Regular $2.702 $2.709 Northern
$2.666 $2.707
Mid-Grade $2.826 $2.835 Central
$2.574 $2.636
Premium $2.933 $2.946 Southern
$2.599 $2.682


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)