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Compressed Natural Gas Consumption as
Vehicle Fuel in Nebraska

Each of the prior four years had started anywhere from 50 percent higher to nearly 3 times higher than the prior year. This was no different for the year 2016. The year 2016 started 64% higher than the year 2015. What is different from previous years is that consumption in the year 2016 has been stable between 110,000 gallons and 130,000 gallons.

At the end of June, 2016, CNG consumption for vehicle use for the first six months of the year totaled 713,698 gallons, which was 30 percent higher than the amount of consumption in the first six months of 2015 (547,649 gallons). At the end of June, 2015, CNG consumption for vehicle use for the first six months of the year totaled 547,649 gallons, which was 56 percent higher than the amount of consumption in the first six months of 2014 (350,532 gallons). Consumption in 2014 climbed steadily higher through the year to a peak of 78,544 gallons in October. November's consumption dropped to 50,630 gallons, but bounced back in December to 70,774 gallons. At the year's end, CNG consumption for 2014 had jumped 67 percent higher than 2013's consumption.

The amount of compressed natural gas (CNG) consumed as vehicle fuel had been relatively stable from month to month during 2006 to mid-2011 with a bit of volatility thrown in in the summer and fall months. During August and September of 2011, CNG experienced a spike in consumption and then consumption skyrocketed in November and December. This increase in consumption was due to the drop in natural gas prices. Significantly lower natural gas prices continued into 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 and consumption continued to soar. See Henry Hub data for spot price information.

In 2015, annual CNG consumption for vehicle use was 1,280,348 gallons, which was 70 percent higher than consumption in 2014. In 2014, annual CNG consumption for vehicle use was 753,561 gallons, which was 67 percent higher than consumption in 2013. In 2013, annual CNG consumption for vehicle use was 451,999 gallons, which was 70 percent higher than consumption in 2011. In 2012, annual CNG consumption for vehicle use was 267,475 gallons, which more than tripled consumption in 2011. In 2011, annual CNG consumption for vehicle use was 85,611 gallons, which was 87 percent higher than consumption in 2010. In 2010, annual CNG consumption for vehicle use was 45,891 gallons, which was 10 percent lower than consumption in 2009. CNG consumption in 2009 was three percent higher than consumption in 2008. CNG consumption in 2008 was eight percent higher than consumption in 2007. CNG consumption in 2007 was 21 percent lower than consumption in 2006.

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

graph representing the gallons of compressed natural gas consumed as vehicle fuel in Nebraska

Compressed Natural Gas Consumption as Vehicle Fuel in Nebraska
2006 – 2016

(Gallons)

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Total
2016 112,420 113,868 127,679 123,747 112,012 123,972 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
2015 68,497 65,484 84,792 77,214 120,103 131,559 124,553 122,788 132,554 124,067 106,520 122,217 1,280,348
2014 41,865 50,426 58,331 64,474 64,706 70,730 64,283 66,797 72,001 78,544 50,630 70,774 753,561
2013 27,904 26,195 37,961 29,585 32,515 48,128 29,872 34,387 51,470 37,577 40,559 55,846 451,999
2012 12,084 17,507 37,817 11,227 12,749 23,056 16,947 24,510 27,362 28,203 23,710 32,303 267,475
2011 4,413 3,349 3,684 2,418 3,756 5,678 5,204 9,165 9,383 6,178 12,077 20,306 85,611
2010 3,952 5,160 4,240 3,968 3,245 2,098 3,718 3,582 3,738 3,798 3,756 4,636 45,891
2009 3,600 4,000 3,760 3,520 4,072 3,862 4,591 3,744 4,359 5,432 4,616 5,350 50,906
2008 4,813 3,624 4,112 3,848 4,352 2,912 3,176 3,192 3,344 3,808 4,960 7,179 49,320
2007 4,376 4,144 3,550 3,792 3,728 4,288 4,595 3,888 2,090 1,696 4,432 5,001 45,580
2006 4,840 4,352 3,980 3,936 4,739 4,584 5,099 4,736 5,380 4,760 4,936 6,684 58,026

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, nonhighway 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.

This table was updated on October 13, 2016.
Typically, there is six months between updates.