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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Harold Hommes
(515) 242-6237

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




DES MOINES – Natural gas prices dropped $.24 this week, closing at $3.36/MMbtu.

Crude Oil Summary
The price of global crude oil rose this week on the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) by $1.66 per barrel over last week, and is currently priced at $52.58.

Brent crude oil rose $.69, and is currently priced at $54.53.

One year ago WTI crude sold for $34.74 and Brent crude was at $35.34.

Motor Fuels
As of Tuesday, December 20th, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.23 across Iowa according to AAA.  This is $.06 higher than one week ago and $.028 higher than one year ago.  The national average on Tuesday was $2.25, up $.03 from last week’s price. 

Retail diesel fuel prices in Iowa rose $.04 from last week’s price with a statewide average of $2.44.   One year ago diesel prices averaged $2.18 in Iowa.   The current Iowa diesel average is $.02 lower than the national average of $2.46.

Wholesale ethanol prices were down $.06 from last week’s price, closing at $1.55. 

The current Des Moines Terminal/Rack Prices are $1.57 for U87-E10, $1.70 for Unleaded 87 (clear), ULSD#2 is at $1.66, ULSD#1 is at $1.94, and E-70 is priced at $1.79 per gallon.

Heating Fuels
Propane prices were up $.03 from last week’s report, with a statewide average of $1.11 per gallon.  Home heating rose $.05 from last week, ending with a statewide average of $2.00.  Natural Gas prices fell $.24 at the Henry Hub reporting site and ended the week at $3.36 / MMbtu.

Tips for saving energy on the road or at home are available at and at  


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