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Energy Consumption
in Nebraska's Commercial Sector

The commercial sector consists of non-manufacturing business establishments. Included are hotels, motels, restaurants, wholesale businesses, retail stores, laundries, and other service enterprises; health, social, and educational institutions; and federal, state, and local governments. Streetlights, pumps, bridges, and public services are also included. Fuel used in motor vehicles for commercial purposes is included in the transportation sector. Examples of common uses of energy in the commercial sector include space heating, water heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, and cooking.

For the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, a net total or net energy consumption (less electrical system energy losses) is provided to indicate the energy actually consumed by these sectors. In addition, energy consumed in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity (electrical system energy losses) is allocated to each sector based on the electricity consumed by the sector. Thus, total energy consumption represents the energy consumed by the sector as well as that used to provide electricity to the sector.

From 2010 to 2011, commercial sector net energy use decreased 2.3 percent to 66.6 trillion British thermal units (Btu). Total energy use in the sector decreased 3.8 percent to 135.8 trillion Btu. Petroleum use decreased 6.1 percent although it comprises only 3.2 percent of the energy used by the commercial sector. Renewable energy use decreased 40 percent and electricity use decreased 4.1 percent from 2010 while natural gas use increased 1.1 percent. Residual fuel consumption was small enough to round to zero in this table for the years 1983–1986, 1996, 2002, 2007, and 2011. Coal consumption was small enough to round to zero in this table for the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

In 2011, almost all (96 percent) of the commercial sector's energy needs were met by natural gas and electricity. Petroleum products made up 3.2 percent of the energy consumed in the commercial sector, and 1.1 percent was renewable energy.

Solar thermal and photovoltaic energy consumption cannot be separated between the residential and commercial sectors. The numbers are reported in the residential sector.

pie chart graphic displaying Net Energy Consumption by fuel type, by commercial sector, in Nebraska 2011 pie chart graphic displaying Total Energy Consumption by fuel type, by commercial sector, in Nebraska 2011
line chart displaying Total and Net Energy Consumption in Nebraska from 1960 through 2011.

Energy Consumption by Fuel Type, Commercial Sector, Nebraska,
2000 – 2011

[Trillion British Thermal Units (Btu)]

Year Coal Electricity Natural
Gas
Petroleum Renewable Net
Energy
Consumption
Electrical
System
Energy
Losses
Total
Energy
Consumption
Diesel
Fuel
Kerosene Motor
Gasoline
Propane Residual
Fuel
Ethanol Geothermal Wood
2011 0.000 31.184 32.468 1.148 0.003 0.391 0.559 0.000 0.020 0.364 0.348 66.632 69.208 135.841
2010 0.000 32.525 32.119 1.431 0.004 0.110 0.689 0.003 0.006 0.851 0.361 68.220 72.909 141.129
2009 0.000 31.780 32.177 1.321 0.003 0.458 0.427 0.043 0.022 0.754 0.366 67.454 71.438 138.892
2008 0.000 32.202 35.198 1.720 0.005 0.526 0.503 0.266 0.025 0.662 0.380 71.636 74.202 145.838
2007 0.104 30.061 30.606 1.100 0.007 0.587 0.504 0.000 0.015 0.616 0.360 66.107 74.523 140.630
2006 0.109 30.727 28.432 1.100 0.015 0.567 0.258 0.259 0.008 0.580 0.339 62.532 70.588 133.120
2006 0.074 30.190 27.666 1.197 0.024 0.134 0.583 0.146 0.002 0.544 0.365 61.055 69.483 130.538
2004 0.065 29.006 30.136 1.058 0.037 1.029 0.547 0.308 0.029 0.463 0.510 63.341 66.351 129.692
2003 0.104 29.285 28.575 1.232 0.020 0.485 1.009 0.090 0.015 0.409 0.522 61.876 66.026 127.902
2002 0.128 31.191 28.419 0.538 0.012 0.639 0.642 0.000 0.018 0.299 0.501 62.463 70.456 132.918
2001 0.110 29.878 28.258 1.416 0.015 1.063 0.529 0.132 0.023 0.274 0.489 62.285 68.155 130.440
2000 0.000 29.777 28.959 1.152 0.006 1.417 0.567 0.052 0.038 0.246 0.466 62.860 69.389 132.249

Energy Consumption by Fuel Type, Commercial Sector, Nebraska,
1980 – 1999

[Trillion British Thermal Units (Btu)]

Year Coal Electricity Natural
Gas
Petroleum Renewable Net
Energy
Consumption
Electrical
System
Energy
Losses
Total
Energy
Consumption
Diesel
Fuel
Kerosene Motor
Gasoline
Propane Residual
Fuel
Ethanol Geothermal Wood
1999 0.000 27.286 27.546 1.274 0.008 0.106 0.557 0.018 0.002 0.246 0.436 57.600 62.870 120.470
1998 0.000 27.532 28.990 1.291 0.016 0.107 0.544 0.045 0.002 0.246 0.414 59.302 63.842 123.144
1997 1.821 27.344 33.742 0.961 0.015 0.107 0.411 0.059 0.002 0.185 0.474 65.223 63.421 128.644
1996 0.022 25.806 41.015 1.342 0.023 0.109 0.512 0.000 0.002 0.165 0.501 69.496 60.074 129.570
1995 0.159 25.570 39.214 0.941 0.023 0.109 0.381 0.004 0.002 0.128 0.483 67.014 59.743 126.756
1994 0.130 24.392 38.076 1.921 0.030 0.108 0.354 0.117 0.002 0.109 0.478 65.718 57.746 123.465
1993 0.089 22.384 33.650 1.786 0.025 0.107 0.380 0.119 0.003 0.089 0.499 59.132 52.698 111.830
1992 0.106 22.077 33.301 1.559 0.008 0.466 0.405 0.255 0.018 0.071 0.483 58.767 51.699 110.466
1991 0.204 23.124 38.976 1.063 0.015 0.511 0.399 0.166 0.016 0.053 0.458 65.002 53.722 118.724
1990 0.068 22.009 35.111 1.673 0.130 0.795 0.318 0.126 0.021 0.035 0.439 60.746 51.902 112.648
1989 0.084 22.086 36.214 1.545 0.016 0.642 0.393 0.270 0.019 0.016 0.480 61.784 50.988 112.772
1988 0.641 21.638 38.094 1.834 0.011 0.690 0.388 0.082 0.016 0.000 0.206 63.617 47.909 111.525
1987 0.064 20.320 32.990 2.270 0.024 0.713 0.397 0.002 0.016 0.000 0.187 56.999 44.975 101.974
1986 0.064 19.781 35.348 2.039 0.045 0.733 0.289 0.000 0.013 0.000 0.193 58.519 44.378 102.897
1985 0.203 19.496 37.841 4.839 0.067 0.817 0.324 0.000 0.014 0.000 0.172 63.787 44.654 108.441
1984 1.565 19.253 40.337 5.951 0.045 0.492 0.249 0.000 0.009 0.000 0.157 68.066 43.904 111.971
1983 0.980 16.670 37.753 4.845 0.036 0.622 0.555 0.000 0.010 0.000 0.130 61.611 39.203 100.814
1982 0.431 15.918 42.184 1.737 0.079 0.681 0.467 0.636 0.005 0.000 0.140 62.283 37.636 99.919
1981 0.232 15.435 39.215 1.976 0.057 0.806 0.426 0.106 0.003 0.000 0.124 58.382 36.145 94.526
1980 0.271 13.880 42.495 1.053 0.119 0.781 0.457 0.144 0.000 0.000 0.142 59.343 33.344 92.687

Energy Consumption by Fuel Type, Commercial Sector, Nebraska,
1960 – 1979

[Trillion British Thermal Units (Btu)]

Year Coal Electricity Natural
Gas
Petroleum Renewable Net
Energy
Consumption
Electrical
System
Energy
Losses
Total
Energy
Consumption
Diesel
Fuel
Kerosene Motor
Gasoline
Propane Residual
Fuel
Ethanol Geothermal Wood
1979 0.882 13.696 43.393 2.664 0.028 0.736 0.464 0.678 0.000 0.000 0.029 62.570 32.693 95.263
1978 0.328 13.525 40.750 1.556 0.314 0.716 0.931 1.275 0.000 0.000 0.027 59.422 32.753 92.175
1977 0.211 13.500 47.027 1.333 0.410 0.681 0.913 1.689 0.000 0.000 0.027 65.790 32.268 98.058
1976 0.135 13.024 48.543 1.478 0.467 0.662 1.030 1.943 0.000 0.000 0.025 67.307 31.164 98.471
1975 0.117 12.488 42.966 1.014 0.405 0.630 1.021 0.997 0.000 0.000 0.023 59.662 29.955 89.617
1974 0.179 13.078 42.603 1.064 0.448 0.625 0.989 1.489 0.000 0.000 0.021 60.497 31.625 92.123
1973 0.280 13.501 39.170 1.229 0.585 0.634 1.143 1.297 0.000 0.000 0.020 57.858 32.039 89.896
1972 0.477 12.780 46.188 1.266 0.579 0.626 1.296 1.293 0.000 0.000 0.020 64.525 30.596 95.122
1971 0.343 12.864 47.639 1.107 0.491 0.597 1.217 1.338 0.000 0.000 0.019 65.616 31.019 96.635
1970 0.322 11.958 47.199 1.148 0.413 0.576 1.264 1.516 0.000 0.000 0.019 64.416 28.929 93.345
1969 0.640 11.016 45.949 0.862 0.394 0.567 1.234 1.807 0.000 0.000 0.021 62.488 26.278 88.766
1968 0.323 8.697 41.681 0.975 0.480 0.541 1.053 1.570 0.000 0.000 0.022 55.341 20.748 76.090
1967 0.299 6.946 41.277 0.957 0.101 0.513 0.958 1.009 0.000 0.000 0.023 52.083 16.590 68.673
1966 0.418 6.811 29.797 0.888 0.376 0.508 0.864 1.118 0.000 0.000 0.025 40.804 16.323 57.127
1965 0.542 6.910 25.276 0.652 0.494 0.496 0.827 0.530 0.000 0.000 0.026 35.753 16.495 52.248
1964 0.670 6.379 23.945 0.878 0.257 0.491 0.764 0.674 0.000 0.000 0.028 34.087 15.158 49.245
1963 0.943 5.938 22.227 0.762 0.249 0.482 0.853 0.722 0.000 0.000 0.031 32.208 14.195 46.403
1962 1.321 5.423 22.416 0.757 0.367 0.475 0.705 0.469 0.000 0.000 0.035 31.968 13.028 44.996
1961 1.263 4.806 23.200 0.842 0.350 0.462 0.630 0.230 0.000 0.000 0.038 31.820 11.679 43.499
1960 1.870 4.331 22.705 0.817 0.368 0.443 0.582 0.272 0.000 0.000 0.041 31.428 10.710 42.138

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

Note: Totals may not equal the sum of the components due to independent rounding.

The table and graphs were updated on September 4, 2013.
Typically, there are one to two years between updates.