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December 2, 2011 > California gasoline consumption down, diesel consumption up

California gasoline consumption down, diesel consumption up

Submitted By Brian Miller

Data released by the Board of Equalization (BOE) show California gasoline consumption fell 1.7 percent in August 2011, while diesel fuel consumption rose 11.1 percent.

"Gasoline consumption continued a six-month decline this year," Betty T. Yee, First District Member of the BOE. "Unless gasoline prices lower, Californians will face increasing financial pressure in the months ahead."

California's gasoline consumption fell to 1.27 billion gallons in August 2011 compared to 1.29 billion gallons in August 2010. In California, the average price for a gallon of gasoline saw a year-over-year increase of 63 cents, or 20 percent, to $3.82 in August 2011 compared to the average price of $3.19 per gallon in August 2010. Nationally, the average price increased by 92 cents, or 33 percent, to $3.70 per gallon from $2.78 over the same period.

Diesel consumption increased by 11.1 percent from 205 million gallons in August 2010 to 228 million gallons in August 2011. The average price of diesel in California rose, year-over-year, by 85 cents to $4.01 per gallon in August 2011, a 27 percent increase from the average price of $3.16 per gallon in August 2010. Nationally, the average price of diesel was up 90 cents to $3.86 per gallon in August 2011, a 30 percent increase over the average price of $2.96 in August 2010.

Gasoline and diesel fuel figures are net consumption that includes the State Board of Equalization's audit assessments, refunds, amended and late tax returns, and the State Controller's Office refunds. Figures for September and third quarter 2011 are scheduled to be available at the end of December 2011.

For more information, visit www.boe.ca.gov

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