Heating oil prices in Maine going up this summer

Maine survey: Heating oil prices are going up this summer

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- The governor's energy office has released a summer survey of heating oil prices in Maine, and it's not good news for people who heat their homes with oil.

The survey released Thursday says the average heating oil cost is currently $3.59 per gallon, a 32-cent increase from the last survey on June 25. The survey found a high of $3.80 in northern and eastern Maine and a low of $3.40 in southwestern Maine.

State officials say heating oil is tracking with crude oil prices, which have grown from $79 a barrel in June to a current high of more than $90.

The U.S. Department of Energy will release its winter projections in October but a draft report suggests heating oil costs will be 4 percent lower than last year.

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