Heating prices rise in Maine with cold weather

Posted Dec. 20, 2010, at 3:31 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Energy officials say the average price for home heating oil in Maine has risen two cents a gallon from last week as cold weather drives up demand.

In its weekly survey, the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security says the statewide average price is $2.98 per gallon.

Southwest Maine had the lowest price of $2.80 per gallon while northern Maine had the highest price of $3.16 per gallon.

Energy Director John Kerry said Monday that cold weather throughout Europe and the northeastern United States has pushed up demand and the corresponding price for heating oil.