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Energy Prices
in Nebraska's Commercial Sector

The commercial sector consists of nonmanufacturing 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.

Using an equivalent measure of million British thermal units (Btu), the graph below compares the prices of fuel. The prices are also in nominal dollars to provide a better comparison. In 2012, the highest price was for kerosene at $29.74 per million Btu followed by motor gasoline at $28.67, diesel fuel at $24.53, electricity at $24.57, and propane at $19.33. Natural gas was $6.08, wood and waste was $5.10, residual fuel was $16.83, and coal had no reported price. Since the commercial sector's residual fuel consumption was zero or small enough to round to zero for the years 2002, 2007, and 2011, residual fuel's price is shown as $0 for those years. Likewise, since the commercial sector's coal consumption was small enough to round to zero for the years 1999, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, coal's price is shown as $0.

The price for ethanol is not tracked, and there are no direct fuel costs for hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, or solar thermal energy, so no prices are reported.

chart showing Energy Prices by Fuel Type in the Commercial Sector in Nebraska for the years 1970 through 2011.

Energy Prices by Fuel Type, Commercial Sector
Nebraska, 2010 – 2012

[Nominal Dollars per Million British Thermal Units (Btu)]

Year Coal Electricity Natural
Gas
Petroleum Renewable Annual
Average
Diesel
Fuel
Kerosene Motor
Gasoline
Propane Residual
Fuel
Wood and
Waste
2012 $0.00 $24.57 $6.08 $24.53 $29.74 $28.67 $19.33 $16.83 $5.10 $16.26
2011 $0.00 $23.40 $6.62 $23.99 $28.35 $28.19 $21.65 $0.00 $6.19 $15.11
2010 $0.00 $22.38 $7.05 $17.68 $25.05 $22.13 $19.51 $11.60 $5.69 $14.86

Energy Prices by Fuel Type, Commercial Sector
Nebraska, 1990 – 2009

[Nominal Dollars per Million British Thermal Units (Btu)]

Year Coal Electricity Natural
Gas
Petroleum Renewable Annual
Average
Diesel
Fuel
Kerosene Motor
Gasoline
Propane Residual
Fuel
Wood and
Waste
2009 $0.00 $21.49 $7.35 $13.96 $23.58 $18.57 $18.57 $7.94 $5.27 $14.39
2008 $0.00 $19.59 $9.51 $23.73 $23.36 $24.94 $23.22 $12.35 $6.47 $14.67
2007 $2.10 $18.73 $9.00 $17.37 $22.22 $22.66 $19.50 $0.00 $5.36 $14.11
2006 $1.89 $18.15 $9.50 $15.87 $19.59 $20.39 $18.05 $7.75 $4.83 $14.03
2005 $1.28 $17.52 $9.36 $13.77 $15.41 $17.85 $16.26 $6.62 $4.75 $13.59
2004 $1.21 $17.13 $7.53 $9.26 $11.15 $14.54 $13.46 $5.03 $3.73 $12.15
2003 $1.13 $17.03 $6.85 $7.12 $10.04 $12.23 $11.46 $3.87 $3.63 $11.83
2002 $1.15 $16.89 $5.07 $5.90 $8.45 $10.89 $9.16 $0.00 $3.15 $11.13
2001 $1.14 $16.58 $7.35 $6.51 $9.19 $11.59 $12.38 $4.05 $3.43 $11.89
2000 $0.00 $16.27 $5.44 $7.04 $9.18 $12.08 $10.97 $3.93 $3.24 $10.84
1999 $0.00 $16.44 $4.15 $4.35 $4.88 $8.72 $8.25 $2.69 $2.31 $10.08
1998 $1.42 $16.41 $4.24 $3.82 $4.31 $8.20 $8.82 $2.64 $2.45 $9.98
1997 $1.42 $16.41 $4.89 $4.91 $5.62 $9.63 $9.88 $2.65 $2.94 $9.70
1996 $1.45 $16.60 $4.44 $5.24 $6.00 $10.02 $9.35 $0.00 $3.32 $9.04
1995 $1.42 $16.46 $4.05 $4.30 $4.97 $9.22 $7.71 $2.38 $2.90 $8.84
1994 $1.46 $16.88 $4.30 $4.29 $6.00 $9.21 $7.71 $2.08 $2.96 $9.00
1993 $1.43 $17.28 $4.38 $4.50 $6.28 $9.08 $6.50 $2.27 $3.05 $9.29
1992 $1.57 $17.15 $4.08 $4.68 $7.13 $9.09 $7.67 $1.97 $3.12 $9.05
1991 $1.43 $16.84 $3.93 $4.88 $7.52 $9.43 $8.25 $2.03 $3.41 $8.58
1990 $1.48 $17.21 $3.92 $5.50 $8.28 $9.49 $9.29 $2.22 $3.56 $8.85

Energy Prices by Fuel Type, Commercial Sector
Nebraska, 1970 – 1989

[Nominal Dollars per Million British Thermal Units (Btu)]

Year Coal Electricity Natural
Gas
Petroleum Renewable Annual
Average
Diesel
Fuel
Kerosene Motor
Gasoline
Propane Residual
Fuel
Wood and
Waste
1989 $1.47 $16.93 $3.82 $4.44 $6.78 $8.42 $7.12 $2.02 $2.95 $8.56
1988 $1.57 $16.22 $3.81 $3.80 $6.26 $7.22 $7.65 $2.13 $2.67 $8.04
1987 $1.62 $16.43 $3.76 $4.21 $6.38 $7.58 $7.70 $2.60 $2.65 $8.32
1986 $1.67 $16.55 $3.95 $3.67 $6.29 $7.28 $8.10 $0.00 $2.78 $8.22
1985 $2.51 $16.78 $4.29 $6.00 $7.81 $9.67 $6.73 $0.00 $3.46 $8.27
1984 $1.70 $16.44 $4.35 $6.34 $7.89 $9.55 $5.43 $0.00 $3.60 $7.90
1983 $1.67 $16.66 $4.29 $6.37 $7.70 $9.61 $5.66 $0.00 $3.54 $7.80
1982 $1.79 $14.32 $3.56 $7.46 $6.06 $10.71 $5.10 $4.03 $3.66 $6.51
1981 $1.97 $14.06 $3.02 $7.80 $6.74 $11.37 $4.97 $4.64 $3.77 $6.21
1980 $1.69 $12.86 $2.33 $6.49 $5.17 $10.06 $4.97 $3.22 $3.06 $5.00
1979 $1.72 $10.43 $2.01 $4.80 $3.53 $7.41 $3.21 $2.33 $2.20 $4.04
1978 $1.47 $9.66 $1.54 $3.07 $3.00 $5.50 $3.21 $1.68 $1.54 $3.51
1977 $1.17 $8.94 $1.39 $3.01 $2.73 $5.29 $3.03 $1.83 $1.45 $3.06
1976 $1.03 $8.16 $1.16 $2.67 $2.57 $5.06 $2.59 $1.73 $1.28 $2.63
1975 $0.81 $6.96 $1.00 $2.45 $2.39 $4.76 $2.38 $1.75 $1.20 $2.36
1974 $0.57 $5.94 $0.81 $2.29 $2.00 $4.27 $2.34 $1.67 $1.14 $2.03
1973 $0.24 $5.39 $0.75 $1.24 $1.01 $3.21 $1.25 $0.66 $0.74 $1.88
1972 $0.22 $5.37 $0.57 $1.12 $0.85 $3.00 $1.12 $0.72 $0.64 $1.57
1971 $0.41 $5.08 $0.58 $1.11 $0.85 $3.00 $1.16 $0.59 $0.64 $1.51
1970 $0.16 $4.87 $0.52 $1.03 $0.79 $3.03 $1.07 $0.50 $0.60 $1.37

Sources: State Energy Price and Expenditure Report. Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Note: The average column contains the average price of all commercial sector energy sources for each year.

The table and graph were updated on December 2, 2014.
Typically, there are one to two years between updates.