April 11, 2017
Crude Oil Prices
North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $52 per barrel in March, $3 per barrel lower than February. This price was the highest monthly average for Brent spot prices since May 2015.
The North Sea Brent crude oil spot price is forcast to average $54 per barrel in 2017 and $57 per barrel in 2018. The West Texas Intermediate crude oil spot price is expected to average $52 per barrel in 2017 and average $55 per barrel in 2018.
Gasoline and Diesel Prices
U.S. crude oil production averaged an estimated 8.9 million barrels per day in 2016. It is forecast to average 9.2 million barrel per day in 2017 and 9.9 million barrels per day in 2018.
For the 2017 April-through-September summer driving season, U.S. regular gasoline retail prices are expected to average of $2.46 per galloncompared to $2.23 per gallon last summer. U.S. regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average $2.39 per gallon in 2017 and $2.44 per gallon in 2018.
The Energy Information Administration expects on-highway diesel fuel retail prices, which has averaged $2.56 per gallon in 2017, will average $2.85 per gallon in 2018.
The peak price of $4.10 per gallon for gasoline in Nebraska was reached on July 15, 2008.
The peak price of $4.77 per gallon for diesel in Nebraska was reached on July 17, 2008.
Because taxes and retail distribution costs are generally stable, movements in gasoline and diesel prices are driven primarily by changes in crude oil prices and wholesale margins. Crude oil prices that differ from the forecast would be reflected in the price of motor fuels. Each dollar per barrel of sustained change in crude oil prices relative to the forecast translates into approximately a 2.4 cent-per-gallon change in product prices.