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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Harold Hommes,
(515) 242-6237

Dustin Vande Hoef
515/281-3375 or 515/326-1616 (cell)




DES MOINES – Natural gas prices were $.25 lower this week, closing at $1.92 / MMbtu.

Crude Oil Summary
The price of global crude oil rose this week on the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) by $2.95 per barrel over last week, currently priced at $30.64.

Brent crude oil rose $3.17, and is currently priced at $34.30.

One year ago WTI crude sold for $53.53 and Brent crude was at $60.78.

Motor Fuels
As of Tuesday, February 16th, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $1.60 across Iowa according to AAA.  This is $.02 lower than one week ago and $.55 lower than one year ago.  The national average on Tuesday was $1.71, down a penny from last week. 

Retail diesel fuel prices in Iowa were a penny lower on the Tuesday report with a statewide average of $1.88.   One year ago diesel prices averaged $2.64 in Iowa.   The current Iowa diesel average is $.11 per gallon lower than the national average of $1.99.

Wholesale ethanol prices were $.02 lower this week, closing at $1.38. 

The current Des Moines Terminal/Rack Prices are $.94 for U87-E10, $1.03 for Unleaded 87 (clear), ULSD#2 is at $1.10, ULSD#1 is at $1.27, and E-70 is priced at $1.30 per gallon.

Heating Fuels
Propane prices were unchanged from last week with a statewide average of $1.01 per gallon.  Home heating oil rose $.03 from last week’s figures, ending with a statewide average of $1.48.  Natural Gas prices were $.25 lower at the Henry Hub reporting site and ended the week at $1.92 / MMbtu. 


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