Heating Oil Prices the Same as Last Year

November 13, 2012

Augusta, Maine – The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) is conducting its weekly fuel price survey for this year’s heating season. On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the current statewide average cash price for No. 2 heating oil is $3.65 per gallon, a 1 cent decrease from last week’s price survey, and 3 cents lower than the first of October. Today’s prices are essentially identical to the cost of heating oil one year ago. Prices for propane in quantities used for heating are up 5 cents from last week, but remain significantly lower than this time a year ago.

According to Bloomberg News, oil traded below $85 per barrel on the New York exchange, and prices are down 14% this year. On Friday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its annual World Energy Outlook, predicting that U.S. demand for imported oil will continue to decline significantly as domestic production from underground rock formations increases. See http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-13/oil-drops-for-second-day-as-iea-lowers-demand-forecast.html Using this week’s average heating oil price and converting to a common heating unit value (million Btu) the price of fuel oil is at $26.32. This compares with an equivalent heating unit value for natural gas of $17.00 (at $1.70/therm); propane, $30.44 (at $2.78/gallon); wood pellets, $14.30 (at $236/ton); and cord wood, $10.50 (at $210/cord). GEO has a calculator on its web site that allows consumers to estimate home heating costs and price impacts of various energy sources. See http://www.maine.gov/energy/index.html

As of November 13, 2012


Heating Oil

Statewide

Southwest

Central

Eastern

Western

Northern

Average

3.65

3.55

3.71

3.68

3.62

3.80

High

3.86

3.75

3.80

3.86

3.70

3.85

Low

3.36

3.36

3.55

3.36

3.36

3.75

Kerosene

4.09

3.98

4.14

4.11

4.10

4.20

  Propane

2.78

 

 

 

 

 

It is important to note that the price for heating oil is a statewide average and that prices in a given geographic region of the state may be considerably higher or lower than the statewide average. Within the Energy Office sample, the lowest actual heating oil price of $3.36 per gallon was recorded in 3 regions of the state. The highest price of $3.86 per gallon was reported in two regions. The statewide kerosene price average is $4.09 per gallon, down 4 cents from last week. The statewide average for propane based on a use of at least 900 gallons a year is at $2.78 per gallon. The table above provides current Maine cash prices in dollars rounded to the nearest penny.

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For Immediate Release

Contact:
Kenneth Fletcher
(207) 624-7405
kenneth.c.fletcher@maine.gov