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April 14, 2017

Here's how Maine fared in this year's heating season

With winter officially over, the Governor's Energy Office has released a comparison of average prices for heating oil and propane for the 2016-17 heating season and the previous six years. While up from last year, the office reported heating fuel prices remained much lower than they were from 2011-15.

The Governor's Energy Office reported an average per-gallon price of $2.17 for heating oil and $2.14 for propane this past winter — both significantly lower than the $3.67 for heating oil and $3.13 for propane reported for the winter of 2011-12.

Mainers experienced lower heating fuel prices than the rest of New England, the office reported. Average heating oil prices for the other states were: New Hampshire ($2.35); Vermont ($2.27); Massachusetts ($2.57); Connecticut ($2.66) and Rhode Island ($2.61). Average propane prices were: New Hampshire ($3.37); Vermont ($3.52); Massachusetts ($2.98); Connecticut ($2.86) and Rhode Island ($3.49).

In addition to slightly higher prices this winter, the office reported that heating demand (measured by heating degree days) was about 4.8% higher this year than last year's very mild winter. The 2016-17 heating season, on the other hand, was 12% milder than the 2013-14 and 2014-15 heating seasons.

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