Heating Oil Costs Remain High 

(AP) Actual prices ranged from a low of $4.35 at a dealer in southwestern Maine to a high of $4.80 in the eastern part of the state. Kerosene prices averaged $4.98 statewide.

During its 18-year history, the survey has been conducted between Oct. 1 through the third week in March, which coincides with Maine’s heating season. But because of rapid price increases, the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security said it started monitoring prices four months earlier than usual.

Since the last survey in March, the average heating oil price has gone up 80 cents, or 21 percent. Prices have jumped $1.89, or 70 percent, since the start of the 2007-2008 heating season.