The most severe shortage the state suffers is in natural gas: Supplies from the Gulf Coast are down about 80 percent, according to federal estimates.
While the shortages arent yet taking a toll on homeowners, businesses are already turning to reduced supplies of diesel fuel, said Dan McLagan, a spokesman for Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Diesel fuel is in high demand this time of year anyway, as farm crops need to be harvested and school buses run full schedules. But now the state is facing a 30 percent decline in diesel supplies from the Gulf and a natural gas shortage.
Its created a kind of perfect storm of demand for diesel fuel, said McLagan.
At Georgia service stations, the average per-gallon price for diesel fuel was $3.11 during the weekend, up from about $1.95 a year ago, according to AAA figures.
Gasoline prices have also shot up: Regular-grade gasoline averaged $3.01 per gallon Saturday, up from $1.82 a year before, AAA statistics revealed.
The prices have risen about 15 cents per gallon from Friday, the last day of a monthlong gasoline tax exemption. Perdue suspended the tax to offset price increases that followed petroleum production problems in the Gulf Coast