Nebraska's Propane Consumption
as Vehicle Fuel

Propane consumption for vehicle use for the first six months in 2018 started higher than last year, equivalent with the five–year (2013-2017) average, and in the upper boundary of the five–year (2013-2017) range. From February through May, consumption stayed above the five–year average but below last year's consumption. In June, consumption had a huge drop and although it stayed in the center of the five–year range, consumption was below the five–year average and last year's consumption. This can be seen in Figure 1 below.

According to the data table below, propane consumption as vehicle fuel had been a bit bumpy from month to month during past years and annual totals had been declining. In the latter half of 2013, though, consumption skyrocketed in August and September. Consumption did drop in October and November but did not return to previous year levels. Each month's consumption for October, November, and December remained above 200,000 gallons. During the fall of 2013, Nebraska and surrounding states experienced late harvest at the same time. Shortly after harvest was completed, cold weather set in. These two back–to–back events occurring in the region, not just the state, increased propane demand and lowered propane supplies. Consumption in 2014 to 2016 were double the consumption of previous years.

The number of vehicles consuming propane can be found in the report The Number of Registered Vehicles in Nebraska by the Fuel Consumed.

chart representing the gallons of propane consumed as vehicle fuel in Nebraska

Propane Consumption as Vehicle Fuel in Nebraska
2006 – 2018

(Gallons)

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual Total
2018 162,474 170,053 185,531 183,397 167,461 93,090 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
2017 153,055 188,756 208,386 194,129 202,605 131,824 34,107 46,674 171,365 191,999 159,120 170,832 1,852,852
2016 198,059 192,328 211,390 193,244 193,966 132,332 35,354 130,966 195,970 210,414 203,366 199,310 2,096,699
2015 198,748 165,393 218,990 207,028 144,800 105,447 75,270 179,030 196,280 241,890 180,491 190,199 2,103,566
2014 213,225 194,587 196,346 146,565 186,040 139,102 48,874 79,714 243,046 220,832 189,335 244,956 2,102,622
2013 49,423 48,341 68,238 48,995 48,768 64,739 32,098 149,880 257,843 225,106 209,218 220,190 1,422,839
2012 77,402 40,611 62,770 38,651 58,543 75,098 57,808 49,217 56,020 55,343 70,310 52,859 694,632
2011 39,016 68,521 90,943 31,157 65,541 60,479 65,126 60,048 54,787 60,993 68,562 44,749 709,922
2010 105,688 64,500 119,204 90,328 48,942 106,595 59,628 71,057 88,644 72,737 58,411 109,343 995,077
2009 37,665 45,906 134,918 66,228 52,356 120,767 52,986 109,999 89,696 79,235 100,115 120,345 1,010,216
2008 77,450 92,933 93,760 58,773 82,757 95,343 76,364 63,859 91,787 84,864 85,536 112,613 1,016,039
2007 81,521 78,319 121,051 70,477 77,719 98,154 65,485 113,195 97,222 86,389 76,081 115,248 1,080,861
2006 95,877 64,143 122,896 76,581 64,753 124,905 83,375 84,058 88,496 90,491 77,214 114,383 1,087,172

Source: "Monthly Motor–Fuel Consumption." Nebraska Department of Revenue, Motor Fuels Division, Lincoln, NE.

Notes: The numbers are net volume numbers which exclude motor fuel for aviation use, non-highway agricultural use, and industrial use. NA indicates data is not available. Organizations, groups, companies, fuels, or individuals in the agency’s pages are for information only and are not an endorsement by the State of Nebraska or the Nebraska Energy Office and its management or staff.

The table and chart were updated on October 17, 2018.
Typically, there are six months between updates.