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October 4, 2011 > Gasoline consumption down

Gasoline consumption down

Submitted By Anita Gore

Betty T. Yee, First District Member of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), released state gasoline and diesel consumption figures for second quarter 2011 and for June 2011 on September 29, 2011. In California, gasoline consumption declined 3.6 percent in the second quarter of 2011 and fell by 2.8 percent in June 2011. Diesel fuel consumption declined 3.1 percent in June 2011 and rose 0.9 percent in second quarter 2011.

"Californians may be driving less in response to persistently high gasoline prices," said Yee. "Prices increased by nearly a third in the second quarter of 2011, while gasoline consumption declined during the same period."

In June 2011, California's year-on-year gasoline consumption decreased 2.8 percent to 1.22 billion gallons from 1.26 billion gallons. June 2011 saw an 84-cent increase in the average price of a gallon of gasoline in California to $3.97, or 27 percent increase compared to June 2010 when the average price was $3.13 per gallon. Nationally, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in June 2011 was up 95 cents to $3.74 per gallon, a 34 percent increase over the average price of $2.79 in June 2010.

In the second quarter of 2011, California's gasoline consumption fell by 3.6 percent, to 3.66 billion gallons of gasoline compared to 3.80 billion gallons of gasoline in the second quarter last year. In California, the average price of gasoline per gallon rose 99 cents to $4.13 in second quarter 2011, a 32 percent increase over last year's average price of $3.14 per gallon in second quarter 2010. Nationally, the average price of gasoline rose 99 cents to $3.85 in the second quarter of 2011, a 35 percent increase over last year's U.S. average price of $2.86 per gallon of gasoline in the second quarter of 2010.

In June 2011, diesel consumption fell year-on-year by 3.1 percent to 243 million gallons from 251 million gallons in June 2010. In California, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel increased by $1.11 to $4.21 per gallon in June 2011, a 36 percent increase from $3.10 in June 2010. Nationally, the average price of a gallon of diesel was up 98 cents to $3.93 in June 2011, a 33 percent increase over the average of $2.95 per gallon in June 2010.

In the second quarter of 2011, diesel consumption increased 0.9 percent to 667 million gallons compared to 661 million gallons in the second quarter of 2010. In California, the average price of diesel in the second quarter of 2011 increased by $1.16 to $4.33, a 37 percent increase from $3.17 per gallon in the second quarter of 2010. Nationally, the average price of diesel in the second quarter 2011 was up 98 cents to $4.01, a 32 percent year-on-year increase over the $3.03 per gallon in the same quarter in 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. The State Board of Equalization is able to monitor gallons through tax receipts paid by fuel distributors in California. Figures for July 2011 are scheduled to be available at the end of October 2011. Figures for third quarter 2011 will be available at the end of December 2011.

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

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