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Ethanol-Blended Fuel Market Share
in Nebraska

In Nebraska, most ethanol is sold in a blended fuel—10 percent ethanol with 90 percent gasoline (called E-10) or 85 percent ethanol with 15 percent gasoline (called E85).  Of the total gasoline and ethanol–blended fuel sold in the state in February 2014, 88 percent was an ethanol blend.

The market share for ethanol–blended fuel is shown in the graph on a monthly basis from January 2001 to February 2014.  The availability of ethanol–blended fuel, the price at the pump, and strong demand contributed to the increase in market share in 2005 and 2006.  Market share also increased during 2007 and 2008.  In 2007, additional ethanol operating capacity pushed ethanol prices lower, and in 2008, increases in gasoline prices worked as an incentive for consumers to use an ethanol–blended fuel.  Gasoline prices began to fall, but motorists did not immediately return to using 100–percent gasoline.  In the fall of 2009, expectations for a record corn harvest came to fruition.  Corn and ethanol prices felt the impact and were pushed lower.  Even with the expectations and then the actual harvest record, annual consumption of ethanol–blended fuel for 2009 was less than 2008. In the spring of 2010, Nebraska was experiencing high corn prices and low petroleum costs. In 2012, ethanol prices were lower due to high ethanol inventories, and by the end of 2012, ethanol demand was very strong. Gasoline demand dropped 6 percent in 2012 as more drivers filled up with ethanol–blended fuels. In September of 2013, suppliers replaced 87 octane regular unleaded gasoline with 84 octane regular unleaded gasoline. Regular unleaded gasoline was blended with premium gasoline or ethanol to increase the octane from 84 to 87.

Annual averages are available. The ethanol section of the state energy office's energy statistics has more information.

line chart showing Monthly Ethanol-Blended Fuel Market Share in Nebraska from 2001 through 2013.

Ethanol-blended fuel market share for each month from 1993 to 2014 are listed in the data table below.

Monthly Ethanol-Blended Fuel Market Share in Nebraska

1993 – 2014
(Percent)

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2014 87.5% 88.3% NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
2013 70.7% 71.9% 72.0% 69.4% 73.5% 69.2% 69.9% 69.0% 74.5% 86.6% 88.8% 88.0%
2012 77.2% 88.1% 84.3% 87.3% 81.2% 82.6% 74.6% 74.8% 75.5% 74.9% 75.0% 70.8%
2011 82.3% 82.7% 85.6% 81.8% 79.5% 80.2% 76.3% 77.1% 85.6% 76.9% 83.1% 77.2%
2010 73.7% 73.1% 72.7% 72.6% 75.3% 71.1% 77.0% 76.6% 76.1% 82.9% 73.6% 85.6%
2009 58.0% 60.4% 66.4% 72.6% 66.8% 69.7% 67.2% 69.2% 70.3% 70.6% 72.0% 72.5%
2008 72.6% 72.5% 75.0% 74.7% 77.3% 75.7% 80.7% 75.0% 81.8% 78.2% 60.9% 53.9%
2007 47.4% 56.4% 59.6% 64.4% 67.1% 67.4% 67.6% 66.6% 68.3% 70.3% 72.4% 76.8%
2006 66.0% 60.2% 44.4% 56.8% 53.8% 28.6% 23.5% 68.5% 61.8% 62.3% 64.4% 61.5%
2005 53.3% 56.0% 59.1% 67.8% 68.4% 67.3% 67.1% 67.0% 63.4% 60.4% 58.9% 64.9%
2004 40.6% 48.8% 48.7% 41.9% 46.7% 42.6% 46.5% 47.2% 49.2% 49.7% 47.4% 46.1%
2003 42.2% 47.1% 48.1% 47.5% 43.7% 43.5% 42.9% 43.6% 45.1% 45.2% 41.3% 34.3%
2002 33.3% 35.0% 38.5% 38.3% 38.0% 39.9% 37.6% 37.8% 37.7% 40.1% 41.7% 40.3%
2001 28.2% 26.6% 27.5% 33.9% 32.9% 29.9% 26.5% 25.7% 28.2% 26.6% 26.5% 32.5%
2000 35.1% 35.9% 40.9% 37.6% 33.7% 35.2% 35.5% 34.0% 34.1% 35.4% 35.9% 31.9%
1999 25.9% 24.0% 25.4% 21.9% 22.0% 22.3% 21.7% 22.5% 24.1% 28.9% 31.8% 33.3%
1998 23.8% 22.8% 23.1% 23.1% 22.9% 22.5% 21.1% 21.1% 20.8% 21.5% 22.1% 23.7%
1997 26.3% 27.0% 26.5% 26.2% 24.0% 23.5% 23.2% 23.0% 23.2% 26.2% 23.9% 23.9%
1996 30.4% 28.9% 26.8% 25.5% 23.8% 22.9% 20.7% 19.3% 17.6% 17.2% 19.1% 18.8%
1995 31.5% 29.6% 29.9% 29.3% 29.6% 29.1% 26.3% 26.2% 27.4% 27.3% 29.3% 31.1%
1994 36.1% 32.8% 33.2% 29.1% 28.1% 27.9% 30.0% 28.3% 29.8% 29.6% 31.3% 31.7%
1993 53.3% 41.4% 41.1% 38.9% 33.9% 30.0% 31.8% 30.0% 31.7% 30.7% 34.3% 33.9%

Sources: "Monthly Motor-Fuel Consumption." Nebraska Department of Revenue, Motor Fuels Division, Lincoln, NE. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Notes: The numbers in red indicate revised numbers. NA=Not Available.

This table and graph were updated on May 12, 2014.
Typically, there is one month between updates.