Maine heating oil jumps 11 cents a gallon

Posted Jan. 09, 2012, at 7:51 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The average price for home heating oil in Maine has jumped 11 cents in a week after holding steady or dropping over the last month.

A weekly survey shows an average price of $3.68 per gallon.

Ken Fletcher, director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security, said Monday that it’s unclear exactly why prices appear to be following recent escalations in crude oil prices and have jumped across the nation.

Around the state, prices ranged from a low of $3.45 in southwestern Maine to a high of $.4.05 in the central part of the state.