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Energy Consumption
in Nebraska's Transportation Sector

The transportation sector consists of private and public vehicles that move people and commodities. Included are automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, railroads, aircraft, ships, barges, and natural gas pipelines. Natural gas use reflects the fuel needed to move natural gas through a pipeline to end users in the residential, commercial, industrial, and electric power sectors. Since 1990, natural gas consumption also includes natural gas consumed as vehicle fuel.

Between 2011 and 2012, transportation sector energy use decreased 3.0 percent to 196.9 trillion British thermal units (Btu). Petroleum use decreased 2.4 percent and renewable energy use decreased 1.3 percent from 2011. (Renewable energy consisted of ethanol.) Natural gas use decreased 17.3 percent. If there was any consumption of coal, electricity, or residual fuel in 2012, the amounts were so small that the numbers rounded to zero in this table.

In 2012, nearly all of the transportation sector energy needs were met by petroleum products (94 percent). Motor gasoline (52 percent), diesel fuel (44 percent), and jet fuel (3 percent) made up the majority of the petroleum products consumed by the transportation sector; each of the rest of the petroleum products comprised less than 1 percent. Natural gas was 4.0 percent, and ethanol was 2.5 percent of the energy consumed in the transportation sector.

pie chart graphic showing Energy Consumption by Fuel Type in the Transportation Sector in Nebraska in the year 2012.  graphic showing Energy Consumption by Fuel Type in the Transportation Sector in Nebraska for the years 1960 through 2012.

Energy Consumption by Fuel Type, Transportation Sector, Nebraska,
2000 – 2012

[Trillion British Thermal Units (Btu)]

Year Coal Electricity Natural
Gas
Petroleum Renewable Total
Energy
Consumption
Aviation
Gasoline
Diesel
Fuel
Jet
Fuel
Lubricants Motor
Gasoline
Propane Residual
Fuel
Fuel
Ethanol
2012 0.000 0.000 7.783 0.230 81.895 5.112 1.512 95.366 0.130 0.000 4.852 196.880
2011 0.000 0.000 9.410 0.234 87.759 4.682 1.644 94.250 0.126 0.000 4.916 203.021
2010 0.000 0.000 7.389 0.249 92.175 4.678 1.733 97.826 0.168 0.000 4.973 209.192
2009 0.000 0.000 7.064 0.319 66.055 3.950 1.559 96.152 0.083 0.000 4.521 179.704
2008 0.000 0.000 10.063 0.334 58.879 5.036 1.734 97.907 0.110 0.000 4.636 178.699
2007 0.000 0.000 5.498 0.401 63.106 5.489 1.868 99.205 0.148 0.000 2.571 178.285
2006 0.000 0.000 4.587 0.405 64.285 6.013 1.809 96.575 0.131 0.000 1.386 175.192
2005 0.000 0.000 4.500 0.416 62.553 5.297 1.857 97.056 0.088 0.000 1.419 173.186
2004 0.000 0.000 4.083 0.283 61.680 5.206 1.867 98.052 0.204 0.000 2.769 174.143
2003 0.000 0.000 5.410 0.409 56.507 6.834 1.842 98.519 0.171 0.000 2.974 172.667
2002 0.000 0.000 2.677 0.469 50.787 8.656 1.993 99.809 0.158 0.000 2.731 167.280
2001 0.000 0.000 3.116 0.435 50.393 6.312 2.017 98.033 0.118 0.000 2.161 162.585
2000 0.000 0.000 3.193 0.321 58.153 6.981 2.201 99.194 0.098 0.000 2.626 172.767

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

[Trillion British Thermal Units (Btu)]

Year Coal Electricity Natural
Gas
Petroleum Renewable Total
Energy
Consumption
Aviation
Gasoline
Diesel
Fuel
Jet
Fuel
Lubricants Motor
Gasoline
Propane Residual
Fuel
Fuel
Ethanol
1999 0.000 0.000 2.952 0.358 76.863 8.870 2.235 101.105 0.053 0.000 1.973 194.409
1998 0.000 0.000 2.889 0.319 77.194 6.132 2.212 98.609 0.087 0.000 1.655 189.096
1997 0.000 0.000 4.289 0.452 68.883 6.097 2.113 97.429 0.273 0.000 1.588 181.123
1996 0.000 0.000 4.641 0.381 67.857 5.712 2.000 96.039 0.082 0.000 1.393 178.104
1995 0.000 0.000 3.365 0.386 55.571 5.671 2.061 94.433 0.087 0.000 2.154 163.728
1994 0.000 0.000 3.256 0.382 50.766 7.028 2.097 88.608 0.276 0.000 1.810 154.223
1993 0.000 0.000 2.479 0.361 48.879 6.419 2.006 88.253 0.184 0.000 2.687 151.268
1992 0.000 0.000 2.519 0.409 49.718 6.623 1.970 86.229 0.182 0.000 3.250 154.150
1991 0.000 0.000 2.333 0.426 46.020 6.598 1.932 85.308 0.247 0.000 2.732 148.328
1990 0.000 0.000 3.479 0.418 43.829 8.291 2.160 88.802 0.234 0.000 2.314 151.841
1989 0.000 0.000 4.847 0.470 44.470 8.163 2.099 88.029 0.252 0.000 2.543 153.416
1988 0.000 0.000 4.620 0.483 52.134 8.249 2.046 89.425 0.197 0.000 2.035 161.224
1987 0.000 0.000 4.400 0.453 44.792 7.508 2.122 84.778 0.192 0.001 1.886 148.017
1986 0.000 0.000 3.885 0.592 39.832 7.402 1.877 84.777 0.145 0.001 1.507 141.525
1985 0.000 0.000 5.454 0.486 39.077 7.424 1.920 83.587 0.218 0.000 1.442 141.050
1984 0.000 0.000 4.529 0.538 36.552 7.592 2.060 86.803 0.275 0.000 1.525 141.399
1983 0.000 0.000 3.991 0.600 39.829 8.135 1.932 86.299 0.790 0.000 1.378 144.331
1982 0.000 0.000 5.099 0.620 29.737 7.948 1.845 88.223 0.665 0.000 0.685 135.508
1981 0.000 0.000 6.004 1.080 25.215 8.010 2.023 88.095 0.804 0.019 0.274 131.798
1980 0.000 0.000 6.878 1.075 29.775 8.687 2.109 91.821 0.656 0.000 0.000 141.002

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

[Trillion British Thermal Units (Btu)]

Year Coal Electricity Natural
Gas
Petroleum Renewable Total
Energy
Consumption
Aviation
Gasoline
Diesel
Fuel
Jet
Fuel
Lubricants Motor
Gasoline
Propane Residual
Fuel
Fuel
Ethanol
1979 0.000 0.000 7.010 0.913 35.944 10.500 2.369 98.623 0.669 0.087 0.000 156.115
1978 0.000 0.000 8.952 1.043 41.943 10.987 2.264 106.775 0.973 0.028 0.000 172.966
1977 0.001 0.000 12.256 0.925 37.001 9.762 2.108 105.316 0.843 0.162 0.000 168.374
1976 0.001 0.000 10.370 0.697 30.247 9.328 2.014 104.252 1.056 0.217 0.000 158.183
1975 0.001 0.000 10.391 0.713 26.898 9.235 1.813 99.131 0.886 0.868 0.000 149.934
1974 0.003 0.000 11.613 0.876 28.647 9.889 1.996 98.137 0.955 1.070 0.000 153.187
1973 0.005 0.000 13.766 0.867 29.976 9.148 2.084 105.713 0.898 1.036 0.000 163.492
1972 0.004 0.000 13.317 0.450 28.186 9.435 2.053 100.087 0.896 1.120 0.000 155.549
1971 0.005 0.000 13.341 0.995 22.043 9.926 1.918 92.547 0.949 1.097 0.000 142.820
1970 0.008 0.000 13.240 1.002 21.311 9.773 1.934 89.805 0.832 1.418 0.000 139.322
1969 0.006 0.000 11.447 1.177 18.354 11.157 1.898 86.026 1.046 1.312 0.000 132.425
1968 0.007 0.000 9.970 2.807 17.914 11.576 1.936 83.224 1.015 1.372 0.000 129.822
1967 0.013 0.000 10.215 1.681 11.590 10.074 1.762 78.322 0.903 1.881 0.000 116.442
1966 0.025 0.000 9.293 1.827 8.317 8.189 1.861 76.773 0.707 0.679 0.000 107.673
1965 0.025 0.000 8.581 2.067 8.382 7.411 1.792 72.812 0.378 0.685 0.000 102.133
1964 0.036 0.000 8.136 2.236 11.057 8.241 1.853 70.490 0.406 4.671 0.000 107.127
1963 0.041 0.000 6.470 2.161 11.013 8.028 1.765 73.130 0.474 5.252 0.000 108.333
1962 0.041 0.000 6.815 2.133 9.605 7.879 1.765 69.896 0.348 2.680 0.000 101.163
1961 0.045 0.000 6.786 2.101 9.531 7.039 1.935 66.611 0.367 2.209 0.000 96.623
1960 0.154 0.000 6.514 1.870 8.166 6.439 1.988 67.070 0.394 1.625 0.000 94.220

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

Notes: Totals may not equal the sum of the components due to independent rounding. Denaturant is excluded from fuel ethanol.

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