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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Harold Hommes
515/242-6237
or Harold.Hommes@IowaAgriculture.gov Dustin Vande Hoef
515/281-3375 or 515/326-1616 (cell)
or Dustin.VandeHoef@IowaAgriculture.gov

 
 

 

UNLEADED GASOLINE PRICES CONTINUE TO RISE WHILE NATURAL GAS PRICES TUMBLE

DES MOINES –   The price of Iowa Unleaded Retail Gasoline continues to rise, closing at $3.34, up $.15 cents from last week’s report.  Natural gas prices dropped $.39 cents, closing at $3.19. 

Crude Oil Summary
The price of global crude oil rose this week on the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) by $1.33 per barrel over last week, closing at $97.57.

Brent crude oil rose in price this week by $2.61 per barrel, closing at $115.22 from the previous week.

One year ago WTI crude sold for $98.48 and Brent crude was at $110.24.

Motor Fuels
As of Tuesday, January 29th, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $3.34 across Iowa according to AAA.  This is up $.15 from last week and down $.02 from one year ago.  The national average on Tuesday was $3.39, up $.07 from last week’s price. 

Retail diesel fuel prices in Iowa were up $.02 on the Tuesday report with a statewide average of $3.81.   One year ago diesel prices averaged $3.74 in Iowa.   The current Iowa diesel average is $.11 per gallon lower than the national average of $3.92.

Wholesale ethanol prices rose $.02 this week, closing at $2.41. The price of Mid-Grade Blend in Iowa (10% ethanol) closed at $3.26 per gallon, up $.16 from last week’s price and up $.07 from one year ago.

Heating Fuels

Propane prices were up $.02 from last week’s figures with a statewide average of $1.41 per gallon.  Home heating oil rose a penny from last week’s figures, ending with a statewide average of $3.46 per gallon.  Natural Gas prices in Iowa were down $.39 from last week’s report, ending the week at $3.19 / MMbtu.

 FULL REPORT

Tips for saving energy on the road or at home are available at www.energysavers.gov and at www.fueleconomy.gov.  

 

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