Gasoline use up slightly for the year |

Gasoline use up slightly for the year

Gasoline consumption in California increased 1.8 percent in June and increased 0.7 percent in the second quarter, according to figures released Thursday from the State Board of Equalization.

Diesel consumption data also show an increase of 1.2 percent in the second quarter compared to the same quarter last year, which may be inflated due to data capturing methods.

In the second quarter of 2010, Californians used 3.80 billion gallons of gasoline which is 27 million gallons more than the second quarter 2009 when Californians used 3.77 billion gallons of gasoline, which is an increase of 0.7 percent in the second quarter of 2010.

In June 2010, gasoline consumption increased 1.8 percent when Californians used 1.26 billion gallons of gasoline compared to 1.23 billion gallons the same month last year. The average California gasoline price at the pump in June was $3.13 per gallon compared to $2.97 in June 2009, a 5.4 percent increase.

Gasoline sold in June generated approximately $328 million in sales tax during that month, an estimated $58 million more than generated last year. June sales and use tax revenues from gasoline would have been about $36 million less had the state portion of the sales and use tax rate not increased by one percent on April 1, 2009.

June diesel fuel consumption data reflect an increase of 27.7 million gallons, or 12.4 percent. However, the actual increase in diesel consumption is likely to be less because the June 2009 figures include substantial refunded gallons of 18.4 million gallons, making the actual increase 9.3 million gallons, or 3.8 percent, in diesel fuel consumption in June.

Diesel consumption in California increased 1.2 percent in the second quarter when Californians used a total of 661 million gallons of diesel compared to the second quarter last year’s consumption of 653 million gallons of diesel fuel. This quarterly increase may be artificially high due to the June 2009 refunded gallons as well. Diesel consumption more likely decreased 1.6 percent for the second quarter 2010.

Diesel sold in California during June 2010 totaled 251 million gallons compared to the June 2009 total of 224 million gallons. California diesel prices were $3.10 per gallon in June 2010 an increase of 14.8 percent compared to June 2009 when the average diesel price was $2.70 per gallon.

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 July 2010 are scheduled to be available at the end of October 2010.

• All monthly, quarterly, and annual figures can be viewed at:

• Taxable Gasoline Gallons:

• Taxable Diesel Gallons:


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