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Nebraska's Energy Intensity

Energy intensity is the ratio of energy input per unit of economic output, or the amount of energy used to produce a dollar’s worth of goods and services. This measures the energy efficiency of the state's economy.

From 1997 to 2009, the State's gross state product (GSP) increased 27 percent from $60,252 million to $76,545 million, while Nebraska's overall energy consumption grew 18.2 percent from 642.4 trillion British thermal units (Btu) in 1997 to 759.1 trillion Btu in 2009.

An 18.2–percent increase in Nebraska's total energy consumption resulted in a decrease in energy intensity of 7 percent and a 27–percent increase of the GSP. In other words, despite an increase in energy consumption, Nebraska experienced a larger increase in the production of real value in goods and services. This indicates that Nebraskans are using energy more efficiently.

Another measure of energy consumption intensity is reported in Total Energy Consumption Per Capita. An explanation of energy intensity indicators is in the report Energy Intensity Indicators.

chart showing Total Energy Consumption per Dollar of Nebraska'a Gross State Product from 1997 through 2011.

Energy Consumption per Dollar of
Nebraska's Gross State Product

Year Nebraska's Total Energy Consumption
[Thousand British thermal units (Btu)]
Total Gross State Product
[Million Chained (2005) Dollars]
Energy Consumption per
Dollar of
Gross State Product
[Thousand Btu per
Chained (2005) Dollar]
2011 871,387,000,000 $79,889 10.9
2010 864,614,000,000 $79,772 10.8
2009 782,103,000,000 $77,045 10.2
2008 800,203,000,000 $77,702 10.3
2007 760,455,000,000 $76,862 9.9
2006 711,836,000,000 $74,442 9.6
2005 694,835,000,000 $72,505 9.6
2004 686,979,000,000 $71,045 9.7
2003 674,119,000,000 $70,242 9.6
2002 665,168,000,000 $66,640 10.0
2001 653,904,000,000 $66,094 9.9
2000 656,346,000,000 $65,318 10.0
1999 654,638,000,000 $62,427 10.5
1998 664,477,000,000 $60,817 10.9
1997 647,948,000,000 $60,444 10.7

Sources: State Energy Data Report. Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Notes: NA indicates data is not available.

Current versus chained dollars

Current dollars reflect values for the year of the measurement and do not take into account inflationary price changes or component changes over time. Current dollar gross state product levels from one year should not be compared to the levels from other years, so for this comparison over time, chained–dollar GSP levels are used.

Change in industry definitions

There is a discontinuity in the "gross domestic product by state" or GSP time series at the year 1997, when the data changed from Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) industry definitions to North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry definitions. Since the Bureau of Economic Analysis strongly advises against appending the two data series in an attempt to construct a single time series of gross state product for 1963 to 2006, the data in this report cover the time period from only 1997 to 2011.

The table and graph were updated on August 20, 2013.
Typically, there are one to two years between updates.