- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 8 cents in the past week despite rapidly dropping temperatures.

The Governor’s Energy Office says the average price was $2.63 a gallon, according to the Jan. 12 survey. The average kerosene price of $3.24 was also 7 cents lower than last week. Propane prices dropped one cent to $2.73. Heating oil averaged $3.81 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene was $4.21 and propane was $3.17.

The highest prices for heating oil were found in central Maine, where prices reached $3. The lowest prices were in western and southwestern Maine, where the low mark was again $2.25. Southwestern Maine had the highest average price for kerosene at $3.34.

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