Prices Were Considerably Higher...
A Look Back at Propane and Heating Oil Prices

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Nebraska's heating oil and propane prices were significantly higher during the 2004/2005 heating season as compared to the previous year. That’s the results from an annual State Heating Oil and Propane Price survey of dealers.

A Yearly Snapshot
In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Energy Office monitors weekly propane and heating oil prices during the season and reports that information to the federal agency. Supply conditions are also assessed during the weekly calls to dealers in the state.

Factors that impact prices each season include: national and state inventory and import levels; refinery downtime; prices of crude oil and natural gas; the weather; the economy; and the political arena. Currently, Nebraska is one of 22 states collecting heating oil information ans one of 24 states collecting propane price data. Among the early findings of the analysis of the 2004/2005 heating season in Nebraska were:

  • Residential heating oil prices started the heating season almost 50 percent higher than the previous year.
  • Residential heating oil prices ended the season 9 percent higher from the beginning of the season.
  • Residential propane prices started the heating season 25 percent higher than the previous year.
  • Residential propane prices were more than a dollar per gallon during the entire season.
  • Residential propane prices ended the season 5 percent higher from the beginning of the season.

Weather is Wildcard
Of the factors that impact prices, weather remains the key wildcard each winter. An analysis of the state’s heating degree days, indicates temperatures were warmer than normal.

Heating oil prices began the most recent heating season 3 to 4 cents higher than the previous two years. Prices at the end of the 2003/2004 heating season were below prices from a year ago while still considerably higher from prices of two years ago.

Coming in June
A complete analysis and report of the findings will be available in June 2005.
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