California gasoline consumption increased 1.5% in September and increased 0.8% in the third quarter of 2010, according to figures from the Board of Equalization (BOE). Diesel consumption increased 0.2% in September compared to last year and 2.3% in the third quarter.
Californians consumed 3.80 billion gallons of gasoline in the third quarter compared to the 3.77 billion gallons of gasoline used in the third quarter 2009. The average price of gasoline at the pump in California during the third quarter of 2010 was $3.14, a 3.0% increase over the third quarter 2009’s average price of $3.05 per gallon.
In September 2010, gasoline consumption increased 1.5% when Californians used 1.24 billion gallons of gasoline compared to 1.22 billion gallons consumed in September 2009. The average price of gasoline at the pump in California in September 2010 was $3.06 per gallon, a 3.5% decrease compared to the gasoline price per gallon of $3.17 in September 2009.
Diesel consumption increased 2.3% in the third quarter of 2010 when Californians consumed 669 million gallons of diesel compared to 654 million gallons of diesel fuel consumed in the third quarter of 2009. However, there was a 9.6 million gallon refund in July 2009 and a 19.3 million gallon credit in August 2009 which means the 2.3% quarterly gains would become a 2.0 percent quarterly loss without the credit/refund.
The average price of diesel fuel in California during the third quarter 2010 was $3.14, an 11.7% increase compared to the third quarter of 2009 when the price per gallon of diesel fuel in California was $2.81.
Diesel sold in California during September 2010 totaled 245 million gallons compared to the September 2009 total of 244 million gallons, which is a 0.2% increase. California diesel prices were $3.14 per gallon in September 2010, which is a 10.6% increase compared to September 2009’s average price of $2.84 per gallon of diesel.
The BOE is able to monitor gallons through tax receipts paid by fuel distributors. The figures reported monthly are net consumption that includes BOE audit assessments, refunds, amended and late tax returns, and State Controller’s Office refunds. Figures for October 2010 are scheduled to be available at the end of January 2011.