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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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



DES MOINES – The price of retail gasoline in Iowa rose $.05 per gallon, closing the week at $2.84.  Nationally, retail gasoline rose $.06, currently priced at $2.95 per gallon.

Crude Oil Summary
The price of global crude oil rose this week on the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) by $.41 per barrel over last week, and is currently priced at $71.78.

Brent crude oil rose $.58 and is currently priced at $79.68.

One year ago WTI crude sold for $51.47 and Brent crude was at $53.19.

Motor Fuels
As of Tuesday, May 22, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.84 across Iowa according to AAA. This is up $.05 from last week and $.58 higher than one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.95, up $.06 from last week’s price.

Retail diesel fuel prices in Iowa rose $.04 from last week’s price with a statewide average of $3.15. One year ago diesel prices averaged $2.46 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is $.05 less than the national average of $3.20.

Wholesale ethanol prices rose $.04 from last week’s price, currently at $1.52.

The current Des Moines Terminal/Rack Prices are $2.16 for U87-E10, $2.39 for Unleaded 87 (clear), ULSD#2 is at $2.36, ULSD#1 is at $2.53, and E-70 is priced at $1.76 per gallon.

Heating Fuels
Propane prices were $.03 lower than last month’s prices for a statewide average of $1.29 per gallon. Home heating oil rose $.13 from last month’s figures, ending with a statewide average of $2.70. Natural Gas prices fell $.05 at the Henry Hub reporting site and ended the week at $2.78/MMbtu.

Continuing throughout the summer months, we will only report retail heating oil and propane prices in Iowa once a month.

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


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