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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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




DES MOINES – Natural gas prices were down another $.08 cents this week after falling $.34 last week.  Natural gas is now priced at $2.44/MMbtu.

Crude Oil Summary
The price of global crude oil fell this week on the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) by $.10 per barrel over last week, and is currently priced at $53.96.

Brent crude oil was up $.83 and is currently priced at $56.53.

One year ago WTI crude sold for $34.40 and Brent crude was at $35.73.

Motor Fuels
As of Tuesday, February 28th, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.31 across Iowa according to AAA.  This is the same as last week ago and $.46 higher than one year ago.  The national average on Tuesday was $2.30, one cent higher than last week’s price. 

Retail diesel fuel prices in Iowa were up $.01 with a statewide average of $2.47.   One year ago diesel prices averaged $1.93 in Iowa.   The current Iowa diesel average is $.05 lower than the national average of $2.52.

Wholesale ethanol prices were up $.01 from last week’s price, closing at $1.56. 

The current Des Moines Terminal/Rack Prices are $1.54 for U87-E10, $1.70 for Unleaded 87 (clear), ULSD#2 is at $1.66, ULSD#1 is at $1.78, and E-70 is priced at $1.61 per gallon.

Heating Fuels
Propane prices were down $.01 from last week’s report, with a statewide average of $1.26 per gallon.  Home heating prices are up a penny from last week, ending with a statewide average of $2.02.  Natural Gas prices are down $.08 at the Henry Hub reporting site and ended the week at $2.44 / MMbtu.



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